(2015-12-30) The brave crew for the return voyage of the
Kon-Tiki2 Expedition has gathered on Easter Island. These pictures reveal both physical and mental challenges. The collective jump in the first picture requires strong leadership and solid team coordiantion, while the third picuture shows how the team prepares for primitive transportation. Being exposed to frequent photo sessions is part of going to sea, and Sergey Goltsov (the Expedition doctor) is also taking lead as photographer.
Liv Arnesen brings goodie-bag
(2015-12-26) Liv Arnesen left Norwary for Easter Island today to take
part in the second leg of the Expedition. Before leaving, she visited
Meny Trekanten, a
supermarket in Asker, Norway. There, she filled a geneous 90 liter bag
with food and goodies for the journey from Easter Island back to South
America. In the picture, from left: Erling Holth, Meny; Geir Lunde, Concedo; Mette
Kiilerich, Trekanten; Lene Conradi, Mayor of Asker, and Liv Arnesen.
Change of crew on magnificent Rapa Nui
(2015-12-22) The Kon-Tiki2 rafts are now safely anchored outside Hangaroa on Easter Island. Some of the crew will continue onwards to South America in January, some are flying home, and new crew members for the second leg arrive. A labor dispute in Chile halted flights to and from Easter Island for several days, but a military airplane was able to bring Sergey, Erik and Torgeir's family to Easter Island. We are very thankful for the help provided; Jacqueline and her wonderful family continue to impress us in their may roles as B&B providers, dance instructors, and travel agents extraordinaire. The strike is now over, and we believe Jacqueline fixed that, too. The crew spend their days touring the unique monuments of the Island and getting to know each other while preparing for the next big challenge: the return voyage! By raft.
We made it!
(2015-12-19) The Tupac Yupanqui raft of the The Kon-Tiki Expedition is now safely moored outside of Hangaroa in Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The Expedition was greeted by the Chilean Navy who provided courteous and professional towing assistance to prepared buoys. The other raft, Rahiti Tane is still being towed as this is written. As can be seen, the crew is very happy to have reached the beautiful Rapa Nui island and look forward to going onshore.
[Update: some hours later, all crew members are onshore enjoying a fantastic welcome — food and drinks included — organized by our friends on Rapa Nui! The pictures below shows how wonderful grass feels, how good it is to be at Jacqueline's fabulous party, and the Rahiti crew at buoy]
Land A-hoy! Iorana!
(2015-11-18) After 42 days at sea, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) can barely be made out through the clouds in the distance of the first (zoomed) photo. A landmark, in more ways than one. Iorana!. The first picture was taken just after we first saw the island this morning, about 40 nautical miles away. The second picture is taken about six hours later, when we are 25 nautical miles away. In the second picture, one can see the Poike mountain to the left and the Maunga Terevake mountain on the right. In the third picture, taken some 12 hours after the first sighting, the crew of Tupac Yupanqui is seen in joyful celebration with a sun setting on Easter Island. In picture 4, the clouds are telling us where Maunga Terevake can be found. Or, has the volcano awoken to greet us? Picture 5 is on Dec 19; a proud Expedition leader Torgeir Higraff can be seen at sunrise with the northern tip of Rapa Nui behind him. In the last picture, Tupac Yupanqui is seen sailing towards Hangaroa with Easter Island on port side.
Some first reactions from the crew:
Bora: I'm very very happy to see Rapa Nui!
Øyvin: We did it, by refining guara board techniques!
Torgeir: Epic, not to be taken for granted!
Håkon: it was amazing to see land, and then shout land!
Esteban: I have always dreamt of visiting Easter Island, but not on a balsa raft!
Pål: To finally see Rapa Nui after 42 days is a relief, we made it!
Gunvor: It's crazy to find this island!
Andrey: Half-way done, congratulations!
Kari: I was on watch, looking out, wondering when we would see the island. All of a sudden, there it was -- I was with Bora and we hugged!
Cecilie: Lovely to reach Rapa Nui, it looks lovely in the distance. An adventure is sadly over but it is a fantastic bonus to get to see this famous island!
How to sail a raft
By Gunvor, seen in the sunset picture
I want to try to give a picture on how it is to sail a raft and how it is to steer
with guaraboards, or daggerboards. Now we have been out sailing for over four
weeks. Mostly we have had southeasterly and easterly winds. They have been from a
light breeze to what we in Norway call a frisk bris, about 10 m/s, maybe up to a
small gale in some showers. Even tough we have sailed and steered this vessel for a
month now, we experience new things every day.
(2015-12-18) We have been out here in the southeast Pacific for more
than a month, and we never tire of the changing skies. We may not have
seen as many stars as we expected, but on the other hand we have
overdosed on beautiful clouds. You can see some of our favorites in