It was April 28 1947 that Thor Heyerdahl and his 5 companions set sail from Peru in the hope of demonstrating that it was possible for people from South America to have sailed to Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so.
They sailed the raft for 101 days over 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947. The crew made successful landfall and all returned safely.
Anthony met Thor Heyerdahl and was evidently influenced by his adventure and the seed was firmly planted in Smith’s fertile mind.
After endless adventures of his own, Anthony finally allowed that seed to ripen and he set about building a raft of his own. He would call it AnTiki as a little dig at people who surrender to old age when as often as not, there is no reason why one should not continue to dream up wild adventures and enjoy them.
The raft is approaching Eleuthera and emails have been exchanged today with experienced sailors wishing to help AnTiki choose a safe place to land. But remember, Bruno and Anthony are made of the same stuff and have shared a trip down one of the Amazon’s tributaries in a home made steam boat, so the aim is still to land where the Jolly Boat landed in 1940 and celebrate the story of those two men, Widdicombe and Tapscott, and their adventure.
They were dying of thirst and so Anthony has embraced the charity WaterAid who work towards improving the supply of water to so many millions who have none. ( Donations via the links on our home page 😉
Heyerdahl’s adventure was made into a film. It’s about an hour long but if you want to skip ahead to remind yourself what it’s like to bring a raft ashore across a reef, fast forward to about 41 minutes.
Be sure to think good thoughts as AnTiki bears down on Eleuthera and prepares to bring a great adventure to a safe conclusion.
And if you can help Anthony think of what is to become of his beloved AnTiki raft – please let us know HERE!