As a former “ragman,” a term often used to describe sailboat owners, the sight of the 47-foot sakman canoe recently unloaded from a Matson container ship is both “na-magof yan na-banidoso.”

Unforgettable, magnificent, awe-inspiring, beautiful – and that is while sitting on the ground in a trailer transport. I can’t wait to see it on the water – better yet, under full sail – then its full beauty and grace will be on display.

The San Diego Chamorros and their friends who built, supported and fundraised for their, and now our, sakman are to be commended. It is not a small undertaking – rather it’s an expensive, long-term, mostly labor-of-love effort and commitment from the California diaspora folks.

They are to be commended and embraced by the entire island including, to be sure, the boating, paddling and canoeing community. FestPac, its sponsors, CAHA, GVB, and especially all the boating and paddling associations should reach out and fully and willingly give them a hand – both the helping and the applauding kind.

Kudos to Matson for bringing the sakman to Guam, unscathed and unscratched.

Biba sakman!

Welcome home.

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