My thanks to excellent boat designer and small boat sailor Michael Storer for passing on the link to this film about these wonderful Marshallese sailing canoes. I gather the making of the film was part-funded Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.
A fabulous shot from 1895! For more from the Australian National Maritime Museum, click here. My thanks to Dale Appleton for spotting this one – and for saving my blushes at various times.
Dale (see his comment below) tells me that you can read about this race for sailing canoes on the ANMM website.