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Youngest crew has no regrets about joining crew

Youngest crew has no  regrets about joining crew
Setareki Ledua and Mariana Waqa at the Naduri Village Hall on January 12, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula
January 14
11:00 2018


The Uto Ni Yalo’s youngest crew member, Setareki Ledua, does not regret his decision to voluntarily join the crew.

The Fulaga native studied in New Zealand on how to use nature to navigate.

“The trip to Naduri Village was okay as the wind was not strong. While growing up I never dreamt that I would be part of the Uto Ni Yalo and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made,” the 25-year-old said.

“It feels good to see how the villagers are happy to see us and the Uto Ni Yalo. Through team work we are able to sail through while helping each other.”

Mariana Waqa, a first-time sailor on board the Uto Ni Yalo said joining the crew was one way of connecting to her roots.

She is from Taveuni Island and has maternal links to Nawaikama in Gau.

“I grew up in Australia and arrived in Fiji on Sunday and read about the trip on social media and I applied. It has been a great experience just to learn how to stir the Vaka and how to work as a team. It is an opportunity for me to learn about my roots,” the 34-year-old said.

“Sailing on the Vaka has given me the opportunity to reconnect with the vanua and with myself.”

They were part of the 14 crew members of the Uto Ni Yalo who arrived at Naduri Village in Macuata on Friday night.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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