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BBC film about Anuta to be shown on TV

General NewsTuesday, August 28, 2007
BBC film about Anuta to be shown on TV

The 3rd episode of the latest ‘Tribe’ series takes Bruce Parry to the tiny island of Anuta, sister island to Tikopia. This program was filmed by the BBC on Anuta last year. Read about their first research visit in Klaus’ report below.
It will be shown on BBC2 on Tuesday 4th September at 9pm UK time. You can also read about it on the BBC website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/tribe/programmes/index.shtml#anuta

Unfortunately, last year we were not ready yet to sail Bruce to the island on a Tama Moana (Child of the Sea) double canoe, so he sailed there on a French production cat, but he does go fishing on one of the native canoes.

Klaus Hympendahl is now working full time on raising the funds for the Tikopia Project. We will soon be able to give more details of progress and a voyage plan.

The major British newspapers have taken particular interest in the Anuta episode of Tribe and this article was published in the Observer of 26th August:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/solomonislands
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Fund raising Prize Draw at Beale Park Boatshow – 9-11th June 2006

General NewsFund raising Prize Draw at Beale Park Boatshow – 9-11th June

It is some time since the project went live on this website. Since then we have had some very good responses from people and donations have quietly been coming in, both on this site, but also many via www.wharram.com

Four British Yacht magazines have published news items on the project. The first and biggest piece was in Sailing Today. They kindly have let us reproduce it on this website. See below.

Individuals have come up with ideas to raise money. A Tiki 26 builder/sailor in the USA has played music at a festival in aid of the Tikopia project, others are just passing the message to many of their friends.

At the end of this week James and I will be exhibiting a 21’ Ethnic catamaran with crabclaw sail at Beale Park Boatshow http://www.bealepark.co.uk/events_item.php?id=85 We will also be raising money for the Tikopia Canoe Project with a special Prize Draw.

Ian Sharpe from Cumbria makes beautiful radio controlled sailing boat models. He has donated as first Prize for the Draw a model of the Wharram Tehini design. The model will be sailing on the lake at Beale Park during the show while tickets will be on sale at £1 each. The Draw will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday 11th . There are also 5 extra prizes of signed copies of the book ‘Two Girls Two Catamarans’ by James Wharram. We hope we can sell 1000 tickets and raise £1000 for the project.

People in the UK, try to come to Beale Park, it is a lovely day out for anyone interested in ‘real’ boats and you will have the chance to win this superb sailing catamaran model.

SEE YOU THERE


Watch out for the next news:
Klaus Hympendahl has just returned from a visit to Tikopia and Anuta, he has a lot of very positive news to report.

Read the Sailing Today article here
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BBC documentary on Anuta.

General NewsLetter from Klaus Hympendahl

Dear Hanneke, dear James,

As you know, I visited the islands of Anuta and Tikopia in May 2006. I had been asked by a BBC documentary film team to bring their scout Matt Fletcher to both islands in order to ask the chiefs of Anuta for permission to bring a film team to the island in September. Matt and I chartered a yacht in Fiji and due to a long period of calm, we managed to make the 700 miles in 13 days.

Anchoring off Anuta one hour after sunrise the reception could not have been more exciting. I knew from previous visits that the surf makes every yacht dinghy flip over. Therefore, we anchored about 200 meters in the lee, waiting for a boat to pick us up. After an hours time we saw an outrigger with four men heading for us. Just as the first man was reaching for our rope the man in the front looking at me said: “Welcome on Anuta, Klaus!”

I had met Joseph years ago in Lata on Santa Cruz Island, but could not remember him at all. Anyway, I gave each of the four men one of my collected second hand pipes and knew right from the binning a better gift could not be made.
Having visited Tikopia and Anuta four times and having lived on the bigger island of Tikopia for two months in 1997, one year after you came by on GAIA, I knew that to an islander a pipe means as much than a car does to a German.

Matt and I were taken to the island by two outriggers, with all our gear such as mosquito nets etc. I had more pipes, all together 120 for both islands, plus second hand glasses and medical aid. Matt brought some 10-kilo bags of rice as well as sugar, salt, noodles, fishing gear etc.
Anuta has 350 inhabitants and is as small as a housing block in London. There is a spring, some very fertile land and the best fishing ground you can think of.

For Anutans, a fishing boat is a vehicle of survival. They paddle out nearly every day and go for any fish you can think of. I saw them landing sharks, wahoos and a blue marlin, which was nearly the size of their outrigger. New for me were the sails they were rigging mainly as square sails. The sail material was cheap plastic.

Even on the lee side, the surf is strong and it needs skilled men to manage the landing without damage. Next to a small bluff, the Anutans have their “marina” with about 20 outriggers pulled up the beach. On the windward side, where most of the people live, they have another 50 canoes properly packed into thatched covers so that neither rain nor sun can damage them.
They measure the sizes of their canoes not by meter but by the number of beams, from two to five beams. Nearly every canoe has a top board on both sides sewn to the dugout hull with nylon or coconut string (Polynesian: kava).

Matt and I agreed to talk first with the two chiefs and their marus (advisers) about the ‘Wharram project’ as we called it and later about the BBC project.

While sitting crossed legged on mats in a hot hut getting bitten by mosquitoes I explained that Hanneke, James and myself were planning to give a catamaran each to the people of Anuta and Tikopia. I showed them Hanneke’s brochure starting with photos of the100 year old canoe from these islands exhibited in the Auckland Museum, plus the ones of the new catamaran “Child of the Sea”, built in the Philippines. I pointed out that the new catamaran is based fundamentally on the design of traditional Anuta and Tikopia canoes. The bow and stern and the V-shape hull make the catamaran go to windward, different than the common dugout hulls with round shaped hulls.

Looking in their eyes I knew at first sight they knew what I was talking about. They could read my lips, but wanted me to continue talking about the quality of their own canoes. For them, it was unbelievable that a white man was sitting on their mats telling them about the principles and advantages of their canoes. It would have been the same if a Polynesian came to the board of directors of Mercedes telling them what great an engineering job they were doing.

Your brochure went from hand to hand. I believe after 5 days staying on Anuta every man has seen it. Every man has understood that your design “Child of the Sea” is a true Anuta boat designed in the traditional empirical design.

Hanneke and James, it was just great watching how they immediately understood the principles. It really did not need my explanations.
We agreed that with a hand-operated winch hooked to a strong tree next to the beach plus slippery strong branches, the “Child of the Sea” could easily be winched up to the beach. Later it will need a cover for sun protection.

I told them that with the new catamaran they could go out offshore fishing, visit their brothers and sisters on 73 nautical miles off Tikopia, bring their sick persons to the hospital in Lata, another 220 miles away and practice again their Polynesian navigation.
After the acceptance of the Wharram project, Matt had quite an easy game to get the acceptance for his project. Therefore, in September he and a five-man film team will visit Anuta to film an episode for the next ‘Tribe’ series.

Klaus Hympendahl

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£700 donation

General News£700 donation

We received the following letter together with a cheque for £700 from the ‘Multihull Group’, a UK association of businesses dealing in Multihulls.

Dear James, Ruth and Hanneke,

Having decided to dissolve the Multihull Group, everyone was in agreement that any remaining funds in the account would be donated to charity and be divided between Hilary Lister’s WSO Channel Challenge and the Tikopian Canoe Project.

So, it is with great pleasure that I enclose a cheque on behalf of the Group towards building the canoes for Tikopia and Anuta. Best wishes with the project.

Kind regards,

Darren Newton
Chairman

The Tikopia Project would like to thank the ‘Multihull Group’ for their generous donation. It is appropriate that this money should go to a project that revives the origins of multihulls in their home land in the Pacific.
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£700 Donated to Tikopia Fund

General NewsWe received the following letter together with a cheque for £700 from the ‘Multihull Group’, a UK association of businesses dealing in Multihulls.

Dear James, Ruth and Hanneke,

Having decided to dissolve the Multihull Group, everyone was in agreement that any remaining funds in the account would be donated to charity and be divided between Hilary Lister’s WSO Channel Challenge and the Tikopian Canoe Project.

So, it is with great pleasure that I enclose a cheque on behalf of the Group towards building the canoes for Tikopia and Anuta. Best wishes with the project.

Kind regards,

Darren Newton
Chairman

The Tikopia Project would like to thank the ‘Multihull Group’ for their generous donation. It is appropriate that this money should go to a project that revives the origins of multihulls in their home land in the Pacific.