A New Sail Plan


Photograph by Sam Kapoi

I found this metaphor of human kind creating a new sail plan, carving a new path forward for itself, to be both aptly beautiful and inspiring. This tale of navigation is a warm reminder of what’s possible through human connection and affirms the motto: passion plus perseverance prevails.

Speaking to National Geographic, Adventurer of the Year nominee Nainoa Thompson of the Hōkūle‘a’s crew shared how his experience sailing the globe has informed his thinking on living sustainably:

“Our strategy is to constantly make connections—to good ideas, to other sail plans—whether it’s in alternative energy, education, protection of the oceans. What we found was that past all the gloomy data there is a human movement. We run into thousands and thousands of people around the world doing extraordinary things that we’re learning from all the time. We’re finding a brand-new culture. It’s not limited by racism. It’s not divided by geography or nationalism. It’s a culture of the Earth. A new, emerging culture that’s based on the values of kindness and caring. That’s where the hope is. In the end all we’re trying to do is be a part of that movement and help that movement be successful.”

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