Three Canadians have set sail from Vancouver bound for Hawaii in a 40 feet long (12 metres), dug-out canoe.
CU Geordie Tocher at quayside
SV People looking at his outrigger canoe (2 shots)
CU Gerhard Keisel looking on
CU Anthropologist Karin Lind
CU Geordie Tocher speaking
SV & TV Well wishers standing in water (2 shots)
TV Canoe leaving dock
TV & GV Canoe with one sail set leaving Vancouver harbour (2 shots)
THOMSON: "Geordie Tocher believes the winds, the tides and the ocean currents will push him across the Pacific like a big river. He's borrowed a page from the history of British Columbia's Haida Indians and hopes his replica of their outrigger canoes can make the voyage safely to Hawaii. Gerhard Keisel, a sailor with 35,000 miles behind him, and anthropologist, Karin Lind, are going with Geordie, together hoping to show that Polynesians are the blood relatives of the Haida."
TOCHER: "The only thing that would turn us back is if there was major injury aboard or if we got hit by a freighter, otherwise the vessel can stand up to any sort of weather."
THOMSON: "The daring trio had so many fans on hand to see them off this morning, they swamped the floating dock and stood ankle-deep in water to say goodbye. To build the canoe, Orenda, Geordie Tocher carved and hollowed a huge fir tree for two and a half years. To finance the expedition this man who calls himself a logger, sculptor, historian and adventurer sold his home and put together fifty thousand dollars of his own money. If everything goes as planned the westward passage should take a little over two months at sea. Jerry Thomson CBC News Vancouver."
REPORTER: JERRY THOMSON
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Background: Three Canadians have set sail from Vancouver bound for Hawaii in a 40 feet long (12 metres), dug-out canoe. The expedition leader, Mr. Geordie Tocher, says if they successfully cross the Pacific Ocean it would give weight to a theory that British Columbian Indians could have made the trip 1,400 years ago. This report from Jerry Thomson of C.B.C. News.