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A New Tack
Photograph by Lynn Johnson

Perched on the navigator's platform of the Makali'i—a traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe—Captain Clay Bertelmann savors the moment when his green crew of high school science teachers finally comes together as a team. "The first tack didn't go very well," says Bertelmann, who introduces both teachers and students to the ancient art of Polynesian seamanship. "When we came to windward, the canoe actually started sailing backwards. On the second tack they got some lines tangled. The third was perfect. Everyone smiled and cheered." The revival of the nearly 60-foot-long (20-meter-long) voyaging canoes and traditional celestial navigation techniques have generated enormous pride among native Hawaiians—and helped launch a cultural renaissance that shows no sign of slowing.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 21mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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