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Voyage of RediscoveryA Cultural Odyssey through Polynesia$
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Ben Finney

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080027

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080027.001.0001

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Experimental Voyaging*

Experimental Voyaging*

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(p.35) 2 Experimental Voyaging*
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Voyage of Rediscovery
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Ben Finney

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520080027.003.0002

This chapter suggests the case that it would have enabled canoes in Polynesia to sail much better than Andrew Sharp and other critics allowed. Long voyages to windward made by tacking directly against the wind may have been out of the question for Polynesian mariners, but it seemed to the author that their canoes sailed well enough to windward to have cut obliquely across the wind to destinations which would have been beyond their reach if they could only sail before the wind. The chapter discusses a way to test the ability of a Polynesian double canoe to sail long slants across and slightly into the trade winds: the legendary voyaging track between Hawai'i and Tahiti by the catamaran Rehu Moana. In 1967, after completing the Nālehia tests, an article outlining how a traditionally navigated voyaging canoe could be sailed from Hawai'i to Tahiti and back was published.

Keywords:   canoes, Polynesia, Andrew Sharp, sail, Hawai'i, Tahiti, catamaran, Rehu Moana, Nālehia

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