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Climate Challenger Sails Home, Plans Sequel

The Climate Challenger crew found that their itinerary stretched longer because word of the voyage spread, and more villages, particularly in the Solomon Islands, wanted the vessel to visit. Many communities have seen coral bleaching, coastal erosion, gardens not growing well and changes in weather patterns, and appreciated the information about conservation and climate change. Eventually, this led to the crew’s decision to suspend their voyage for now.

“Instead of heading to Nauru and continuing on to the Marshall Islands and Micronesia, the Climate Challenger will be heading back to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea to continue the voyage next year,” Manuai explained on the crew’s blog in early November. “Because the trip has taken longer than anticipated, we are now heading into cyclone season in the Pacific and would be attempting to cross the largest stretches of ocean so far in the voyage which is just too risky.”

The rest of the Climate Challenger voyage is now planned for summer 2013, if the crew can secure adequate funding.

Below is an excerpt of Manaui’s post about the crew’s homecoming:

It was around 8 a.m. the 5th of Dec, 2012; we set sail making 10 knots as we sailed into Pere, our home.  I could see a crowd of waiting friends, families and loved ones flocked the shore of Pere village and could hear echoes of garamut filtering through my ears as we sailed in. On the reef were 4 canoes decorated with sago palms waiting to escort us to the beach front. It was the seafaring canoes performing traditional guard of honor. I kept my video camera rolling, filming every action. We also dressed in our traditional attire dancing to the beat of garamut as we sailed in.

It will be a big welcome celebration, I thought to myself. The beat of garamut rocked Pere as dancers dressed in traditional attire dancing in to meet us as the sea faring guard of honor escorted us ashore. The flower girls rounded us putting laces around our neck and proceeded to meet village Chiefs, councilors and church elders lined up to receive us. In every corner I could hear people shouting and cheering.  Everyone is so proud and happy to see us back safe. I kept on shooting videos getting every action. Crews were rounded up by their immediate families shaking hands, chatting, crying and could see tears of joy everywhere.

It was a proud moment of my life.  The challenges, the sleepless night and stressful hour are over but the voyage is not over yet. It is indeed a relief. We are finally back home and reunited with families.

Check the crew’s blog for updates and to learn how to support the rest of the sail.


Photo ©  Manuai Matawai: Harvested seaweed and the Climate Challenger in the background.

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by Lisa Hayden/The Nature Conservancy

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3:36AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Planning, participating and accomplishing one's own epic adventure makes one aware of how wonderful life and our planet really are. I'm sure that this adventure has brought that realisation to many people.

ATB World! xx

1:00AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Thank you for letting readers know about this expedition. I'm sure they had many quite hair-raising experiences in parts where there are long distances between islands.

I hope we hear about the 2013 trip as well. It would be more informative if links to their sailing routes were included.... it was an impressive undertaking.

12:56AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Thank you for letting readers know about this expedition. I'm sure they had many quite hair-raising experiences in parts where there are long distances between islands.

I hope we hear about the 2013 trip as well. It would be more informative if links to their sailing routes were included.... it was an impressive undertaking.

12:33PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thanks for the interesting story.

11:59PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Good luck to you guys for the next Sequel. Have fun.

10:44AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

What a beautiful thing to be a part of!

1:22PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

while this is not something i ever want to do, what a wonderful experience it must be to meet and be greeted by so many communities/cultures. i'm glad they are safe and i hope next years trip is just as successful.

9:46AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

thx:)

2:34AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thanks

9:14PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Thanks

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