Expedition Book by Thor F. Jensen

Salt Water & Spear Tips : The World’s First Circumnavigation of the Island of New Guinea in a Traditional Sailing Canoe, is a book in the making, authored by Thor F. Jensen with editorial assistance by Cultural Consulting

Expedition completed after 13 months and 21 days. From left to right: Sanakoli John, Thor F. Jensen, Justin John and Job Siyae.

“Sailing a traditional outrigger canoe around the vast island of New Guinea is a journey through time, across myriad cultures upon the far-flung seas of Arufura, Seram, Bismarck, and the Pacific Ocean. Thor’s voyage shows that in the 21st Century there are still great adventures!” Peter Hillary www.peterhillary.com

 “The World’s First Circumnavigation of New Guinea in a Traditional Sailing Canoe again illustrates, as my father auspiciously once said: “To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live.” Norbu Tenzing Norgay www.himalayan-foundation.org


Featured in Australian Geographic

The September/October issue features a 12 page story on the circumnavigation titled: Outrigger Revival by expedition photographer Paul Kerrison. See Paul Kerrison’s work here

Find your copy online at Australian Geographic

See the entire list of media coverage here


 Back cover

A Danish filmmaker, under the apprenticeship of three Papua New Guinean master sailors, set off from Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, on the 30th of August 2016 on a world-record circumnavigation of the island of New Guinea in a traditional sailing canoe called the Tawali Pasana. Over the course of 13 months and 21 days – and some 6300 km of high adventure –  what became known as ‘the fellowship of the Tawali Pasana’ created a modern-day odyssey (on a shoestring budget) battling relentless monsoon winds, dangerous seas, pirates and crocodiles. Prevailing against all the odds, the voyage generated enormous media coverage and inspired the young people of New Guinea to celebrate their extraordinary seafaring culture.


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