August 17, 2012 - 17:29
Today, August 17th 2012, a crew of 24 Maori sailors from New Zealand set sail on their voyage to Easter Island, the world’s most isolated inhabited island. The island was annexed by Chile in 1888 and is located 3000 km off the coast, in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The most unusual aspect of the journey? The crew are planning to complete the entire voyage without GPS, maps or a compass! The group will use traditional Polynesian sailing techniques which don’t require any instruments, focusing instead on the movement of the sun, stars and moon, the ocean currents and the movement of birds and marine fauna.