Here’s a Polynesian update on that rickety pontoon sailboat Hakulai that was last seen towed out of the York River in May 2016 after two weeks on tour in Yorktown. It’s called a canoe boat but it’s more like two kayaks lashed together.
With crews changing every month, the boat set out from Polynesia to recreate a round-the-world tour that apparently is part of its history. Yorktown was on the East Coast leg of the trip. However, the web page hasn’t been updated since March, and the Facebook page since May. “We are voyaging 60,000 nautical miles to more than 100 ports and 27 nations.”
Then John Raines, a marina colleague, sent me a more recent video that shows the boat transiting the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. That followed a landing in Washington and perhaps New York but I can’t tell. Then they proceeded up to Maine and Canada. The boat is scheduled to head back down the coast to Florida before transiting home past Africa to the Pacific.
Here Come Ospreys
As we cruised past an osprey nest with the parents still there after their fledgling flew away, I was explaining to Ed Hollin and the others about how they migrate to South America. Then that reminded Ed of his home state of Indiana.
“I have a buddy who hunts with ospreys. They go out in the field and find squirrels and rabbits. His osprey is trained to fly out there and attack the prey quickly. If he can, the osprey will often bring it back. My buddy cuts off a piece and feeds it to the bird as a reward.”
Does he train the osprey to do that? “Oh no. He buys the bird from a trainer.”
How does he get the osprey? “He sneaks up on the nest and takes it once it’s born.”
That’s kidnapping! “Happens all the time,” Ed shrugged. “We gotta hunt.”
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