TRANS-PACIFIC REED BOAT MAKES STOP AT EASTER ISLAND

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse,June 3) - The reed boat "Viracocha
2" with seven navigators aboard completed the first leg of its
trans-Pacific voyage from Chile to Australia when it arrived at Easter Island on
May 31.

The craft left the Chilean coastal town of Vina del Mar on March
7, covering 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) during its 86-day voyage to Easter
Island.

The expedition, led by an American biologist, is expected to
take six months to cover 18,000 kilometers (11,185 miles) to Australia. One of
the navigators is Stéphane Guérin of Nantes, France.

Easter Island authorities requested that the 18-meter (59-foot)
reed boat remain anchored off shore opposite the small port of Hanga Roa for
sanitary reasons.

The boat was built using 25 tons of reeds coming from Lake
Titicaca in the Andes Mountains between Peru and Bolivia.

June 4, 2003

Tahitipresse: www.tahiti.com 

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