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 now under contract for 2019 publication by Pegasus Publishers. To learn more about Pegasus Publishers, please visit their website: www.pegasuspublishers.com.
“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!”
“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
“Thor’s adventure is an encouragement to anyone who – dares to do.”
Featured in Australian Geographic
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Featured in Signals
The March/May 2019 issue features an eight page story on the circumnavigation entitled: ‘A Maritime Mordor.’
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Featured in Paradise Magazine
Our story has been reprinted in this annual special issue of Paradise Magazine as one of the best stories of 2018: A Leaky Boat Around New Guinea.
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See the entire list of media coverage here
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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