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 Navigation in French Polynesia
  Issue : septembre 27 of 2017
  Printing : Taille douce
  Imprimerie : Phila@poste
  Production : OPT DPP 2017
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Rodolphe Tuko Harry WILLIAMS (1920 - 1986). Originally from Tahiti, fisherman and captain of boats carrying coprah, "Rodo" Williams was an outstanding navigator, with a very detailed knowledge of the winds,currents, the geography of the different archipelagos of
French Polynesia, in particular the Tuamotu islands. He drew on his knowledge techniques taught by ancient Polynesian navigators, which allowed him to vessels well beyond the seas, in identifying the most suitable maritime routes between Hawaii and Tahiti for example.He was highly respected, and became known when he entered the Hokule'a crew during his first coming to Tahiti in 1976. At nightfall, around 6:00 pm, as the Hawaiian vessel approached the Tuamotu archipelago,Rodo Williams had spotted two "ita'eta'e" (white terns) and advised south-east in spite of the darkness and the danger of meeting an atoll in the middle of the night.
They encountered an island during the night, the other two sailors on board (Mau Piailug and David Lewis)thought it was the island of Tupai at north of Bora Bora, Rodo knew from the route of the birds and the shade under the waves that it was the island of Mataiva, west of the Tuamotu. Rodo had the right answer... The arrival of the Hokulea in Tahiti was then triumphant and full of emotion for all the Polynesians...

Francis Puara COWAN (1926 - 2009) is one of the figures of the ancestral Polynesian navigation of the 20th century. In 1947, he had the privilege to be close to the crew of the Kon Tiki in Tahiti and became friend with Hermann Watzinger, Thor Heyerdhal’s second. He was only 20 and he wanted to achieve a similar sea expedition in order to rediscover the migratory paths of his ancestors. In 1956, Eric de Bisschop gave him the opportunity to build the Tahiti Nui vessel, embarked in the adventure as commander in second to accomplish a journey of 7 months to the east that will end off the coast of Chile. Over the next 30 years, this self-taught
navigator experienced traditional Polynesian rigs, built several canoes sailing on the basis of ancient techniques. And in In 1981, he undertook the building of the Havaiki Nui canoe for 4 years with his son-in-law Matahi Brightwell. His now famous large dugout canoe made entirely by hand, with which he rallied Tahiti to New Zealand in 71 days. Unfortunately, he had been unable to complete the construction of his last double canoe, Hawaiki Nui II. The goal was to go back and forth between Tahiti and Chile, and then to go back to west to New Zealand. A journey of 7,500 miles.

Navigation : Francis COWAN
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Navigation : Rodo WILLIAMS
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