When Project Manaia was founded there was no name to start with, just like with many Organisations it was an ongoing discussion.
While the objective was clear: Offer a low cost sailing platform (small carbon footprint) for marine research.
So the decision to link it to the oldest sailors on the planet was kind of obvious – the Maori culture, so Pacific Islanders (including New Zealand) were the first ones to sail the Oceans and cross wide areas of water.
Those cultures also had some strong believes within them. One of them being that the sea itself was something well worth protecting so obviously there had to be a goddess in charge of this. That creature – half man, half dragon (and a bit of seahorse) was called MANAIA – the spiritual guardian of the Seas.
So there we go: Project Manaia
A Project to support the guardian of the seas that even the oldest sailors had big faith and strong believes in. And ever since then Manuel has been wearing a necklace of Manaia, that was given to him by “his” crew in New Zealand years ago – the only night he took it off (because of a nasty rash). We got hit by a fishing trawler…
So lesson learned, Manaia is watching over us and our missions, since we try nothing else but to support her in her everlasting. Objective to protect the seas!
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Fair winds and calm seas…
The Crew of SY Independence