THE Uto ni Yalo set sail yesterday on a voyage much shorter than the ones it has experienced but for a purpose none lesser.
The crew from Fiji, Cook Islands and New Zealand set sail from Lami to the USP Marina in Laucala Bay and used the occasion to mark the beginning of the Sustainable Sea Transport Talanoa and the International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change.
One of the key people behind the talanoa, Colin Philp said people had started coming in.
"It's going to be an interesting week. With the Uto ni Yalo we have proven that there can be sustainable sea transport," he said.
"In fact, in November, we have asked Pacific Island leaders to be part of the Uto ni Yalo when it sails into Sydney Harbour for a climate change summit in Australia.
"We have the Kiribati president giving his word, the Tokelau prime minister and we are hoping to be joined by our own prime minister as well."
The talanoa and the conference start today at USP's Marine Campus.