CHamoru Seafarer Sails From Taiwan to Palau

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Ignacio Camacho and Captain Burghard Pieske attempted to sail on modern “proa style” 37.4 foot sailboat called the Ana-Varu from Taiwan to Guam in order to prove that it was possible for ancient people to have sailed from Taiwan to Micronesia

Guam – A traditional Chamoru seafarer Ignacio “Nash” Camacho has arrived safely in Palau after attempting to sail from Taiwan to Guam.

 

 

 Camacho and Captain Burghard Pieske attempted to sail on modern “proa style” 37.4 foot sailboat called the Ana-Varu from Taiwan to Guam in order to prove that it was possible for ancient people to have sailed from Taiwan to Micronesia. Some anthropologists theorize that the islands of Micronesia and Guam could’ve been populated by the native people of Taiwan who’s languages are related to languages of the pacific. Camacho and Pieske sailed from Orchid Island in Taiwan. The people of Orchid island still build traditional canoes.

 Camacho and Pieske faced what they call some “trying times aboard the Ana-Varu in perilous weather” in a press release they further state that the efforts of their Guam familia RCC Guam and Marine Palau Police may have literally saved their lives. Meanwhile they ask the public to keep the Canoe Maisu in their prayers. The Maisu is heading to Guam from Palau for FESTPAC.

 Camacho and Pieske are now preparing the Ana-Varu for shipment to Guam for repairs and to join the Guam Flotilla for FESTPAC.