Our Vaka Motu Okeanos Marianas withstood Typhoon Yutu’s Category 5 with 200 mph winds – the strongest storm to hit US soil in nearly a century.
Special thanks to the crew of Okeanos Marianas under the leadership of Cecilio Raiukiulipiy for ensuring the vaka’s safety and for their resilience during this time of recovery. Cecilio and crew secured Okeanos Marianas with a total of 16 moorings (of which 12 broke during the storm) so the remaining 4 moorings helped to hold the boat in place and saved it from any damage. The vaka was one of the very few that remained unspoilt while the majority of sailing boats was severely impaired – with broken or lost masts or other damages – or capsized. Even the deckhouse withstood sustained winds with a maximum of 180 mph (290 kph) so the crew will soon be able to assist the local disaster relief work with provisioning sails to the most effected areas.
More articles about Super Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Mariana Islands
The Guardian: Typhoon Yutu hits Northern Mariana Islands
The Washington Post: Typhoon Yutu obliterated parts of Northern Mariana. Now it hits the Philippines.
TIME Magazine: Typhoon Yutu Damage Sends Tourists Fleeing From Northern Mariana Islands
USA Today: Trump declares major disaster after Super Typhoon Yutu strikes Northern Mariana Islands
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