Traditional – um, yeah….

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.

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