Samoa's vaka Gaualofa charter signals bright future

Gaualofa crew member Jayde Leota gives some sailing pointers to chef/writer Robert Oliver. (Photos by Anna Marbrook and Adam Jones)

Samoan va'atele Gaualofa scored its first charter voyage after only five days back home.

Chef and author Robert Oliver, photographer Shiri Ram and film crew Zoomslide booked a day sail on Friday to film Gaualofa chef Lolesio Patolo cook and present a meal.

Oliver along with co-author Tracy Berno won best cookbook in the world at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2010 for Me'a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific. He says he is in Samoa researching his next book.

When I was told Gaualofa had returned and had a wonderful chef on board, I couldn't resist the opportunity to meet him and sail on the canoe."

Gaualofa captain Nick Henry said it was important to seize opportunities that promote the canoe and its crew.

"Working with Robert Oliver is about investing in the future of Gaualofa when you think about the exposure it will gain."

The crew and the Samoan Voyaging Society also last week met with Head of State and society patron Tupua Tamasese and Prime Minister


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