ALINGANO MAISU in the calm Saipan lagoon. Sesario Sewralur the son of Mau Piailug was the master navigator and skipper. The 54 foot Polynesian double hull canoe was constructed in Hawaii and is a gift to Mau Piailug for helping the Hawaiians learn the nearly lost art of open ocean voyaging. The canoe is based on Satawal Island and is used as a training vessel in Yap and Palau.
Monday, May 4, 2009
ALINGANO MAISU sailing from Palau arrives in the Saipan Lagoon.
Francis Toribiong crew member from Palau, happy to set foot back on land after a difficult 39 day passage from Palau. The canoe battled strong 20 to 25 knot north east trade winds on the bow the whole passage. Constant tacking was required to sail the 800 miles directly upwind to Saipan.