In 1985, a seacraft named the ‘Sarimanok’, a 20-meter long double outrigger canoe adzed from a single tree in the Southern Philippines, was constructed to re-enact the migration from Indonesia of human settlers on Madagascar (based on archaeological evidence) some 2,500 years ago. The canoe sailed from Bali in June, with eight crew and arrived safely on Madagascar seven weeks later. No modern materials were used in the canoe’s construction or sailing rig and the crew survived on what food was available at the time. It was this voyage which inspired the founding of The First Mariners.
Comment: I’m a sucker for a good sea yarn and this is a good one, no matter how old it is. I came upon it through the WaterTribe Facebook page. No surprise there.
If you liked the adventures of Kon-Tiki and Hokule’a, you’ll enjoy this film of the voyage of Sarimanok. It is well told and well filmed. It’s also very human… avery special type of human. I have great respect for the one young woman in the crew who signed on as a nutritionist to ensure the crew remained healthy while consuming a diet from two millenniums ago. She ended up preparing all meals under primitive conditions for the two month voyage. Woe betide any crew member who spoke ill of a meal. If I was the captain, I’d slap their mouth dry right then and there.