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Used/Surplus Sailcloth?
Cassandra Vitale
Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 7:59 PM
Joined: 10/11/2008
Posts: 2

From a friend in the Peace Corps in Woleai, Micronesia:

"The people on Woleai have the most beautiful sailing canoes that they use for fishing and traveling between islands. But they have not been able to use their canoes for a few years because they have no sails."

I'm reaching out to the marine community to see if anyone has any used or surplus sailcloth. I will arrange for it to be picked up and shipped to the island. As of now the islanders have lost their inter-island trade and communication, and I'm sure they'd be absolutely grateful.  As it stands, a mailboat comes once a month, and that is their only chance to courier things between islands.  Please call or email for more information!

Thank you -
Cassandra Vitale

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 10:25 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

Contact any sailmaker....they look at me with stern eyes whenever I purchase a new sail and give them the old 100kg bag of spectra back for disposal.
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:08 AM
Joined: 01/06/2008
Posts: 1064

What happened to their palm fronds to weave sails from? What has the Peace Corps done to these poor people? They used to make the sails out of what grew on the islands.... Or was it the missionaries telling them "Pray and God will provide...".

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