Ok. First, the voyage is a huge accomplishment and I take nothing away from the voyagers themselves. However, the person who wrote this headline?
Today, seven traditional Polynesian ocean-going canoes are scheduled to arrive in San Francisco after traveling 15,000 nautical miles from the South Pacific.
The 70-foot long boats, called vaka, have been navigating by the stars. Besides catching wind in their sails, the boats have also been drawing energy from solar-powered motors. A major goal of the trip is to draw attention to environmental and sustainability issues.
I guess I must have missed the bit about the Polynesians inventing solar-powered motors and using them in their canoes when the travelled the Pacific before the time of Captain Cook.