The exact number of Pacific Island fishermen who have been lost at sea per annum is unknown as these records are not kept by most countries of the region.
Occasionally some cases are made known and more often than not reports indicate that fishermen were fishing outside the reef using a small outboard powered fishing boat which either ran out of petrol or developed engine problems.
Fishermen have been known to drift for anywhere between days and months before being rescued, finding land or dying at sea.
By providing coastal communities with Sails and showing them basic ways to attach these sails to their small boats, islanders may well be able to use sailing as a means to catch fish and/or as a safety mechanism to sail back to land if their outboard motor fails or runs out of fuel.
Sails are a means for these societies to continue fishing for their livelihood if and when they run out of petrol or the price of petrol becomes too expensive.
“Sails Ocean Sails” has the specific objectives:
1.To reduce the number of fishermen lost at sea each year.
2.To provide coastal communities around the world with sails
3.To demonstrate to fishermen how to hoist sails in small boats.
4.To demonstrate to fishermen basic sailing techniques and methods.
6.To discuss compass and map reading, charts and basic navigation.