It's well known that renaming a boat is considered bad luck. But so is bringing bananas on board (we already did that on day one), setting sail on a Friday (oh wait, we did that too), and having women on board (I own half of this yacht damn it!!!). So when it came to deciding whether to stick with the existing name or start afresh, we figured we shouldn't let superstitions stand in our way.
After deliberating for a while, and to be honest not really coming up with any valid suggestions that we both agreed upon, we somehow arrived at Te Mana. And straight away it seemed a good fit.
In Polynesian culture (from Hawaii, to Easter Island, to New Zealand - and all of the surrounding islands in between), 'Mana' refers to the soul or spirit, or can be though of as a life force or energy that can be embodied by a place, person, or object. For example, a sacred site or tribe's Chief could be said to have good mana.
And 'Te' means our.
So for the naming of our new trustworthy vessel, on whom we will be reliant for safe exploration of much of Polynesia, as well as our own desire to set sail rather than follow the pack, Te Mana seemed to embody our thoughts around our voyage perfectly.
Our new floating home's spirit. Our life force.
Its a big name, but no doubt we're in for a big adventure.
And so begins the voyage of Te Mana... now where's a bottle of good French Champagne to complete the renaming ceremony and appease the sea gods!