Vaka. Ama. Aka. Proa. These are not typos. They are Polynesian terms that refer to the structural components of a three-hulled sailing vessel (trimaran) made popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
The “vaka” is the main hull. The two smaller outrigger hulls (the “amas”) are connected to the vaka with lateral struts called “akas”. The derivation of these words is from the original “proas” (boats) constructed over 4,000 years ago by Pacific Islanders.
The beautiful 38-foot trimaran “Sumo” is a popular sailing charter. Her sleek lines are pleasing, her three sails enticing, and her stable three hulls are reassuring. You just know this is going to be an invigorating yet safe adventure.
“Sumo” offers year-around daily sailing cruises for six passengers around Hilton Head’s waters, weather permitting. Hourly, half-day and full-day sails take you about the Calibogue Sound. On some days when the winds are just right, you may just find yourself out on the Atlantic approaching Tybee Island before you know it. For the adventuresome types, the captain will show you how to steer the boat and trim the sails.
In the evening, stretch out on “Sumo’s” suspended trampoline, relax, and take in one of the Island’s finest art shows, a colorful sunset. The “Sumo” is berthed at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin (149 Lighthouse Road).
For more information, contact:
Sumo Charters (843-671-4386)