Only four days left!

25.04.2006 @ 09:06
The crew is now complete, the raft is almost ready and we are in the final phase of preparation! In four short days the Tangaroa Expedition set the course for an ancient adventure, departing from La Punta, Callao.
Since mid January the crew have cut balsa timber in Ecuador, floated the logs down river to Guayaquil, transported it to Peru, and built a raft. The preparations have been going on for three years.

On Friday the 28th of April the expedition will start their long journey towards Polynesia, on the very same spot and the same date as Thor Heyerdahl launched the world famous Kon-Tiki raft in 1947. At that time, the journey took 101 days, ending at the Raroia reef. Today’s heavily equipped balsa raft is bigger, has a three times as large sail and will, as opposed to Kon-Tiki, be manoeuvrable by the same techniques as applied by the prehistoric South-American seafarers.  The expedition will, supported by the University of Bergen, Norway, look for molecular pollution and document any changes in the sea water since 1947.

The Tangaroa Expedition has been made possible through expensive financial support by sponsors, among them the main sponsors Branding Larvik, Skagen Fondene and AGR – and invaluable help from the Peruvian Navy during the intense building phase. The balsa raft has already before the building started been bought by an investor from Larvik, Norway. The plan is to create a Thor Heyerdahl Centre in his home town, with the Tangaroa raft as a symbol of the heritage he created.
For the last few weeks the working crew has been extended by family and other visitors from Norway. The cabin’s roof and walls are made by Totora reef mats from Puno, and the deck has been covered by the same material. Norwegian sail maker Frode Bjøru and his family have a full time job finishing the sails and the rest of us have all been through a session of joining reef mats…                                                                                                                      
The Tangaroa crew is finally complete! The sixth member is Peruvian Roberto Martin Sala Rey (43). Roberto has a career as an officer of the Peruvian Navy, but has lately worked as a civilian, in anti-corruption work among other things. He is married to Lilly, and they have a seven years old daughter, Daniela. Roberto speaks English very well, has spent a lot of time out on the ocean and knows astral navigation, a skill that may be both interesting and useful during the journey. In addition, he is an extremely nice guy who has already adapted very well into the group.

Tangaroa cooperates with “Proyecto Perù”, an orphanage and a school for poor children in the North of Peru, run by a Norwegian foundation and financially supported by Norwegian students giving the income of one day’s work every year to the project. Tangaroa brought the school a class set of “Kon-Tiki” books, and by the support of Thor Heyerdahl Upper Secondary School in Larvik, both the orphanage and the school are now connected to the Internet, in order to be able to follow the Expedition through newsletters in Spanish.
When visiting the school and the orphanage in Monsefù this week, Tangaroa coordinator Anne Thorenfeldt and THUSS representative Ingjerd Beate Nyhus Larsen were met by 200 happy kids, welcoming us as if we were old friends. We visited all the classes, saying hello and answering questions, and we were continuously asked to stay in order to teach them English! Unfortunately are the gifts that Ingjerd brought for them still in our container in Lima, but we expect to get them released sometime during this week…


Postet av: Lisa & Cesar Aedo Jorgensen

Heia Tangaroa! Vi har tre barn paa britisk skole her i Lima og vil gjerne vite om dette er det beste stedet aa foelge med paa reisen. (Og naar paa fredag reiser dere?)Vennlig hilsen Lisa J. Aedo

25.04.2006 @ 22:21
Postet av: Marcus George - BBC World Service

Dear Sirs, I work for the BBC World Service and I'm looking to make contact with the crew of the Tangoroa with a view to doing a telephone interview (I'm guessing you might have a sat phone on board) on the subject of your epic journey. If you have any contact details I would be grateful if you could send them. With kind regards, Marcus George.

28.04.2006 @ 18:46
Postet av: Loren Corbridge

Thanks so much for these English translations! I just finished reading the Kon-tiki book, and I'm very interested in the progress of the new trip. I work for a software company, and just code-named our next release "Kon-tiki", so I'm educating everyone in my engineering group about the original trip. I look forward to updating them on your new trip's progress!

28.04.2006 @ 23:11
Postet av: Diane

Just to wish you much luck Always fascinated with your Grandfatherws adventures and loved reading about them and the movie too. I wish I was there! I think it is a grand challenge you have undertaken.. I will follow you by internet.

29.04.2006 @ 17:48
Postet av: Robin Talbot

Dear Crew,Congratulations on this incredible undertaking. I am an 8th grade teacher in Cary, NC and we have just finished reading Kon-Tiki in class. My students would love the opporunity to have some sort of contact with the crew. Do you have a satellite phone on board? May we call you? Would you prefer that we write questions? Please let me know the best way for my class to speak with you.Thank you,Robin TalbotSaint Michael the Archangel Catholic School

29.04.2006 @ 19:06
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31.05.2006 @ 09:53
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Coffer was constructed by Carlos Caravedo,1965 that was its motor and head of expedition. 8 trunks (tucos) longitudinal and 5 cross-sectional ones of raft wood were used altogether, of the forest of Ecuador, by the subscribed one, with aid of Mr. Guillermo Negrete, Ecuadorian. It does not use trunks male type, but FEMALE, by of correct flotation although of smaller duration. The Peruvian crew I consist of:? Carlos Caravedo Arca (Head of expedition)? Jaime Toledo Gongora? Jose Mataush RichtackPeruvian raft "TANGAROA" use a candle of 6 xs 4 meters but another small one of mizzen. I found serious vicissitudes to construct the raft; great difficulties to obtain the game. I had to construct to the "SINGLE TANGAROA" in a turn of the called place "the brave sea" in the Callao. Being the "TANGAROA" in well equipped flotation and - being the month of April - and ready, the exit was prevented me. With my companions of passage they imposed problems to us that did not have the previous rafts that left from the Callao for Polynesia. The refusal of capitania of port, I commit myself to maintain the "TANGAROA" anchored and encharcada in poza del Yatch Peruvian Club del Callao, for three long months. In the month of Julio - total winter - I obtained the permission. Thanks to the deafening noise produced by the sirens of the boats and other boats let go the aft mooring lines in the port, the "TANGAROA" leaves to 11 Polynesia to a.m. of the 26 of Julio of 1965. Peruvian raft "TANGAROA" with its Peruvian crew was hauled of poza of the Yatch Club crossed the Pacifico Ocean in 115 days, of which 18 days we used them in passing Tuamotu being the only raft that has managed to cross archipielago dangerous archipelago of French Polynesia by its own means. The 18 of November the Fakarava island like full stop of our navigation. Fakarava is then, the island of the "TANGAROA", place in where it is conservedpersonal commentaries:mario knudsenThis in sima callao an expedition Norwegian which I do not have but that affinity; By the interesting thing of the aim that they persecute but by I to be of descendants Norwegian But I am first of all Peruvian and it cannot be that an expedition has same name that another one and with greater reason, if he is only Peruvian the existing one (we document to our children,)(sea reason for pride) it would suppose confusion if such-and-such is Norwegian or if the two are it,,,,,,,.... He would suppose that Mr. Carlos Caravedo Coffer never left callao the 28 of July 1965 Nor it arrives at the French Polynesian the 18 from November to fakarava after 115 days of navigationexpedicionesKon-Tiki: Peru to Raroia in 1947Seven Sisters: Peru to Samoa in1954La Cantuta I: Peru to Galapagos in 1955 RescueTahiti Nui II: Peru to Rakahanga in 1958La Cantuta II: Peru to Matahiva 1959Age Unlimited: Peru to Samoa and Tully Beach, Australia in 1963-64Tangaroa: Peru to Fakareva in 1965 Carlos Caravedo Arca 97 days and 18 too fakaravaPacifica: Ecuador to Galapagos in 1966-67 RescueCeleusta: Peru to Raroia in 1969 Rubber raft.La Balsa: Ecuador to Mooloolaba, Australia 1970La Aztlan: Ecuador to Bellina, Australia in 1973La Guayaquil: " " "La Mooloolaba: " " "by tradition the following expedition always to taken the name of the expedition from pais of expeditionary origin or first and unica Peruvian and civil expedition in Perutake others namemario knudsen

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