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A maritime Mordor Waves in the Gulf of Papua about to break over the outrigger. All images © Thor F Jensen

It was intense sailing and several surprise waves just appeared out of nowhere and crashed over our outrigger

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Sailing the Gulf of Papua by traditional canoe

On 30 August 2016, Danish filmmaker Thor F Jensen and three Papua New Guinean master sailors embarked on the world’s first circumnavigation of the island of New Guinea in a traditional sailing canoe. Their modern-day odyssey covered 6,300 kilometres, took almost 14 months, and faced relentless monsoon winds, dangerous seas, pirates and crocodiles. This is an edited excerpt from Thor F Jensen’s forthcoming book and film of the journey, Salt Water and Spear Tips.

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Signals Magazine Issue 126  

March-April-May 2019. Features: World-first circumnavigation - Around New Guinea by traditional canoe | Barrier Reef mystery wreck On the tr...

Signals Magazine Issue 126  

March-April-May 2019. Features: World-first circumnavigation - Around New Guinea by traditional canoe | Barrier Reef mystery wreck On the tr...

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