Marumaru Atua Update: Friday 3rd October
Kia Orana and Talofa from all of us here on Marumaru Atua.
We would like to say a big meitaki Maata to the people of Samoa for their warm hospitality. We sighted Samoa early Tuesday morning and didn’t arrive till late evening, we had a lovely scenic tour of the island on the way having been welcomed by string rays and turtles leading us to port. Once custom’s cleared us we were eager to get on land and explore. Exhausted from a long day of excitement from seeing land none of us could sleep.
We started the first day in Samoa with a good hearty breakfast followed by intense cleaning and preparation for our next journey. This resulted in bringing everything up on deck to dry in the sun and wiping the hulls clean, checking our lines, raking our mast, tightening our stays and re-provisiong to prepare our vaka for a safe departure. Once that was all done we had a couple hours to spare in town at the internet cafe to contact loved ones back home.
My fellow crew family and myself personally would like to say a huge thank you to all our Sponsors, family and friends back home, without you and your support we would not have the opportunity to partake in the MUA Voyage, sailing our vaka across the Pacific, carring a strong message in representing Tumutevarovaro, the Cook Islands.
Two days in Samoa and we were off on our journey again heading for Viti Levu, Suva. It’s not as easy as you would think… There is no such thing as auto pilot or reefing the sails by the touch of a button. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it. Our ancestors are sailing with us above and guiding us safely on our journey. I’ve never felt so connected and so much at home.
Sending you all much Aroa from us all,
Temanava Terito xx
Reposted from the Marumaru Atua / Cook Islands Voyaging Society News Update, October 3, 2014