TRADITIONAL OUTRIGGER CANOE MAKES MAIDEN FROM TAHITI

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Plans for voyage to Hawaii in April

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Jan. 11, 2010) – In Tahiti, the large traditional outrigger canoe "Faaite" made a first voyage away from Tahiti, going to Fakarava in the Tuamotu archipelago and back over the last days.

The trip was organized by the "Faafaite Te ao Maohi" association with a crew of 17 persons.

Fakarava is located 450 Kms in the north of Tahiti and this proved to be a real test for the next big voyage, to Hawaii, in April.

The crew experienced bad weather, strong winds and a big swell on its way back to Tahiti.

"All of them reacted well", "Faaite" captain Teva Plichart told reporters.

"We have been welcomed like kings when we arrived in Fakarava", Plichart added.

The project has been launched by Okeanos Noise, a German association. This association aims to revive traditional Polynesian sailing.

Similar projects have also been launched in several other Pacific Islands.

This traditional outrigger canoe is 22 meters long, 6 meters large and has two sails.

The "Faaite" canoe arrived last October in Papeete on a freighter.

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