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 now under contract for 2020 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 Arafura, Seram, Bismarck, and the Pacific Ocean. Thor’s voyage shows that in the 21st Century there are still great adventures!”

Peter Hillary

 “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.”

Sarah Outen

Featured in Australian Geographic

The September/October 2018 issue features a 12 page story on the circumnavigation entitled: ‘Outrigger Revival’ by expedition photographer Paul Kerrison. See Paul Kerrison’s work here

Find your copy online at Australian Geographic

Featured in Signals

The March/May 2019 issue features an eight page story on the circumnavigation entitled: ‘A Maritime Mordor.’

Read your copy for free online at Australia National Maritime Museum

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.

Read your free copy of Paradise Magazine

Featured in The Jakarta Post

The Danish Embassy in Indonesia invited Thor F. Jensen to do a series of speaks. This inspired The Jakarta Post to write a feature on the expedition and Salt Water and Spear Tips. 

Read the feature story in The Jakarta Post

Featured in Kristeligt Dagblad

Back cover story in Danish newspaper.

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.


89 Pen and Ink Illustrations.

The expedition book comprises 89 illustrations drawn by the author. See gallery here.

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