Blog | Kalā Baybayan: Continuing to Explore
The second leg is a continuation of maintaining the fluidity of navigating as on the first leg, but this leg is different in that we will be sailing farther south in latitude.
Hikianalia and Uncle Bruce are amazing teachers, so it feels really good to be continuing on the second leg aboard Hikianalia. The Hawaii-Tahiti leg was the longest crossing I have ever experienced. I no longer have the worry of acclimating myself to life at sea for more than 48 hours or getting into the flow of non-instrumental navigation.
As we progress through the months and latitudes, we will also have to consider the changes in the points where the sun will be rising and setting on the horizon. On the first leg I relied heavily on these points for direction, and I will continue to do so on the second leg. Saki Uchida will also be continuing on the second leg with me. We were both apprentice navigators on the first leg and share a special bond as sisters because we have experienced a lot together and I rely on her when she is up on watch working on the canoe and I am down below sleeping. I really admire her sharpness and attention to detail when she is navigating, and feel very inspired by her.
So the second leg is a continuation of the first, building on what has been established and exploring new techniques and styles of navigation from other teachers.