The Tangaroa Expedition
A tribute to a man and his country.
A crew of six is building and sailing a balsa-raft from Callao to the Polynesia, just like Thor Heyerdahl did in 1947. His grandson, Olav, is part of the crew.
The idea behind this expedition is to try out some of the design changes Thor Heyerdahl proposed after Kon-Tiki. His raft could not navigate – only drift. The Tangaroa-raft will have a different and larger sail, and use centreboards differently.
Below you'll find the latest newsletters and photos from the crew:
This adventure is a tribute to Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki expedition.
The Kon-Tiki expedition was a huge success in 1947. After his historical journey Thor Heyerdahl studied rafts for twenty years, developing his theories of the colonisation of the Pacific further. In books and articles, lectures and by field-testing, he proved that the sea-going rafts were even more suited for ocean-crossings than his own experiment had shown.
We want to study the wake of our childhood-hero, to improve his designs if possible, and to learn more, as he did, of where our civilisations are coming from, and where they are going.
These web-pages will tell the whole story of our journey: Of planning and building, and sailing from Peru all the way to a hopefully successful landing in Polynesia.
We cut the tow-line out of Lima April 28 2006.
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