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Voyagers Complete Three-Year, Round-the-World Trip in Polynesian Canoe

Crews used no modern navigational instruments during the boat's circumnavigation.

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You could call the voyage of the Hokulea around the world in 1,095 days.

According to the Associated Press, the Polynesian voyaging canoe, which was manned on a number of separate legs by a crew of about 12, completed a three-year journey around the world using no modern navigational instruments.

As the AP noted, the boat’s crew “relied only on their understanding of … ocean swells, stars, wind, [and] birds …  to sail across about 40,000 nautical miles to 19 countries.”

Thirty-eight-year-old apprentice navigator Ka’iulani Murphy said the most difficult aspects of guiding the traditional canoe were dealing with cloud cover and keeping the two-hulled canoe from speeding away from its boat escort.

Its crew slept on waterproof covered–plywood bunks and ate fish caught along the way, per the AP.

The boat entered Hawaiian waters off the coast of Oahu this past Saturday.

Read full story at Associated Press