Last year when we sailed Proasis back to Kiel after the proa meeting in Flensburg Lars (aka. Fjordproa) joined for a great sailing adventure. He filmed the voyage and shared the video on his youtube channel:
We will be part of the Kieler Klimawerkstatt on 26.03.23 in Kiel Schilksee. We will be there with a booth 11:00 to 17:00 and give a talk at 15:45. Hope to see you there! More information here: www.kiel.de/klimaschutzwerkstatt
The way from the Marshall Islands back home to Germany is very long, so it was time for a stop in Fiji. The time there was used to meet a lot of people from the canoe building and green shipping sector and do some research at local museums and archives.
One interesting project going on right now is the work Rob Denney (HarryProa) is doing with CATD (Center for Appropriate Technology and Development) right now. He has an 80 ft (?) cargo proa under construction and is setting up a boat building course to build more smaller ones.
Another interesting meeting took place with a group of traditional fijian canoe builders. It was a pleasure to share some experience from the work on the Marshall Islands for the GIZ implemented Low Carbon Sea Transport project (LCST).
We are proud and honored to get the opportunity to advocate for climate action as part of the delegation of the Marshall Islands at COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. We had two very nice events where we presented the achievements of Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) in gaining climate change resilience by reviving the traditional outrigger canoe designs as part of the GIZ implemented Low Carbon Sea Transport Project (LCST).
A recorded video of our session is here available on demand (requires free registration).
We are currently assembling our proa to prepare her for the first sea trial. I wish we could work in this speed:
Fortunately, Proasis is, despite of her length of 9m, light enough to move her parts around without a crane or other machinery.
Northern Germany got pounded by a heavy snow storm with wind up to 60 kn the past couple of days. The roaring sea caused some scary erosion to our shorelines, drowning land which has been there since the ice age.
Clear reminder that we all share the same ocean: If sea level rises in the Marshall Islands it does over here as well.
Proasis eventually made it to the ocean for the very first time. We managed to ship (well literally truck) her to the spot where we want to launch in summer. With all the Covid measures in place it was quit a struggle to manage the hole operation.
We plan to finish and launch proasis as soon as the weather allows it in spring. Stay tuned!
We became friends to the famous German circumnavigator and adventurer Burghard Pieske short after he returned from his “Ana Varu” voyage early 2019.
Ana Varu is a pacific proa. Burghard sailed her from Taiwan to the Marianne’s where he successfully supported the local boat building and sailing communities. Unfortunately “Ana Varu” capsized and was lost to the big blue. But we doubt that the Ana Varu voyage is over yet! Further information can be found here and here.
Aside of his interest for the pacific sailing traditions, Burghard is an expert for European sailing history too! Especially the viking age era in northern Germany and Scandinavia. As part of the Euro Viking project he uses his knowledge for a training program for socially disadvantaged youths and put them back on the road of life. Burghards work is outstanding and deserves honor!
Proasis proudly participated in the international climate strike on September 20th.
250000 people marched in Berlin, 1.4 million in whole Germany and multiple more around the entire world!
We are amazed and grateful to be part of making environmental protection and conservation a mass movement!