On 30 June, Mimi gave a well-received presentation on Taumako navigation at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito. A highlight of the talk was display (for the first time ever on a big screen!) of the diagrams that she and Daniel the Canadian computer whiz have been working on for much of the past year.
Because the Spaulding Center is a working boat shop, audience members especially appreciated seeing and handling a model Te Puke, samples of sennit and hau cordage, a portion of a sail, and other examples of Taumako craftsmanship. Many of these came from the library display at the California Maritime Academy, which has recently been reorganized.
The Vaka Taumako Project exhibit in the Academy’s simulation center remains in place for the foreseeable future. The Academy’s beautiful campus, on Maritime Academy Drive in Vallejo, is open to the public. Anyone who wants to see the exhibit is welcome to visit.
The Spaulding Center has invited Mimi to do a talk on construction of a Te Puke. No date has been set for this presentation. As soon as we have the information, we shall post it on this site.