Salt Water & Spear Tips : The World’s First Circumnavigation of the Island of New Guinea in a Traditional Sailing Canoe, is a book authored by Thor F. Jensen with editorial assistance by Cultural Consulting published February 2020 by Pegasus Publishers
Expedition Book of the Year NAFF|Bookaward 2020
Salt Water and Spear Tips, was awarded Expedition Book of the Year at NAFF|Bookaward, under the Nordic Adventure Film Festival – NAFF, November 2020.
Back cover endorsements
“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 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
“Thor’s adventure is an encouragement to anyone who – dares to do.” Sarah Outen www.sarahouten.com
Documentary Film in the Making
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Featured on The Daily Edition on 7NEWS Australia
Salt water and Spear Tips has been received well in Australia.
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Featured in Australian Geographic
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Reviewed in Marie Claire Australia
“You will hold your breath from the very first chapter of Salt Water and Spear Tips;”
From “5 best books of 2020” read review here
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.
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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
Story in Danish newspaper January 2020.
Featured in Paradise Magazine
Paradise Magazine Q & A, January 2020.
Read magazine here
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.
89 Pen and Ink Illustrations.
The expedition book comprises 89 illustrations drawn by the author. See gallery here.
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