Monday, October 22 2007 @ 06:14 AM BST
Contributed by: Admin
Launch of TANENUI 'Lanisif' in the Maskelynes.
In 1997 on our Round-the-World voyage on Spirit of Gaia we visited the Maskelyn Islands in the Vanatua group in the Western Pacific (they used to be called the New Hebrides), collecting data for our canoe form Craft studies.
On Sakao Island we met Chief Jack Enrel who told us they were running out of Canoe building trees. We gave a group of canoe builders a talk/lesson in plywood boatbuilding techniques and we promised we would design them a Canoe out of Plywood. This design is the 16’ Melanesia. We sent them the Building Plans, but didn’t hear from them for the next 10 years. Then last year some New Zealanders helped to set up the ‘Sakao Saelkenu Center’ for teaching plywood boatbuilding to islanders and building sailing canoes for transport of people and goods.
After discussions with James Wharram Designs on which design would be best suited for their purposes, JWD donated a set of 28’ Tanenui Plans to the Centre. Their first Tanenui, called ‘Lanisif’ (the good North Wind) was built in less than 2 months and was launched on 12th September. The launching ceremony was carried out by Jack Enrel’s 103 year old father ‘olfela Enrel’.