Vaka Motu 'Rangi', April 27
Kia ora koutou katoa,
Further to yesterday’s blog, acknowledgement must be given to Dieter Paulman for it is through his vision that we as the new breed of Pacific Voyagers were able to realise our dreams and identities and traverse the mighty Te Moana nui a Kiwa as once did our ancestors. In addition acknowledgement must be given to the Cook Island Voyaging Society such as Ian Karika, Te Aturangi Clamp, T Pekepo and many others too numerous to mention for their determination and refusal to give up in repairing their beloved vaka Te Au o Tonga and sail it to the Pacific Arts festival in America Samoa in 2008. It was there that Dieter witnessed the vaka’s capabilities and there the seed was nutured that grew to what is now known as the Pacific Voyagers. No reira he mihi maioha ki a koutou katoatoa nga rangatira o te kuki airani.
As I sit writing this I hear the banter going on between the Tahitians and the Maoris and although some of the Tahitian language is difficult to understand and vica versa, the language of sailing is the same. Each waka has it’s own identity and when intergrated by the different crew members, their skills and experience the mauri and the mana of the waka comes alive. Experienced voyagers are staunch in the belief that one must look after their waka in return the waka will look after them. Always treating it with respect because it is the lifeline between them and uncompromising realm of Tangaroa.
So as the journey continues at midday today we are over halfway to our destination. Tawhirimatea has been kind to us and hopefully will continue to be until journeys end. As uncompromisiing as Tangaroa can be he has provided the gentle southern rolling swells pushing our little waka towards it’s new home. Tama nui te ra provides warmth during the day boosting crew morale and by night individual or star clusters provide us with the assurance and comfort that we are heading in the right direction. The exact stars I imagine that guided our ancestors from their Hawaiki to a new Hawaiki.
Position: 33 07.29 S 158 11.89 W
Speed: 5 knts
Wind: 170 degrees SSE
Course: 70 degrees
Swell: 1.5 2 m SE
Cloud Cover: 30%