August 17-24: Hōkūle‘a Training Sails Continue
In anticipation of Hōkūleʻa going back into dry dock on Tuesday, September 4, crew training sails are continuing through the end of August.
Pwo Navigator Bruce Blankenfeld captained an overnight training sail pairing new comers with experienced crew members.
This sail was conducted in waters south of Honolulu in moderate trade winds (wind out of the East North East between 10-20 knots).
On this sail the crew practiced steering by moving weight around the canoe, with the dual hulls of the canoe acting as the steering mechanism. The crew moved weight (bodies and equipment) forward or backward. With the bow or stern riding lower in the water, the direction of the canoe changed. With the weight balanced to head the canoe in the direction that the navigator wanted to sail, the steering team didn’t have to man the sweep to hold the course.
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Captain Bob Perkins conducted two training sails with a mix of experienced and new crew. Since Hōkūle‘a was put back into the water last March and with greater public knowledge of the upcoming Worldwide Voyage (WWV), new crew candidates have come to the Marine Education Training Center (METC); the mixing of experienced and new crew members speeds up the learning curve of new crew members.
Overnight training sail out of METC gave new crew a glimpse of life aboard the canoe on a long voyage. On these overnighters, we run our watch systems, cook various meals, fish, run emergency drills such as the Man Over Board drill, and get a feel for the rhythm of life at sea.