Dr David Lewis tells of his latest expedition in which he sailed to Antarctica in the winter to be intentionally icebound. Much more than a sailor's tale of a voyage of exploration, it is a revelation of the human spirit under duress.
Sailor and adventurer David Lewis (1917-2002) was born in Plymouth, England, and raised in New Zealand and Rarotonga. He was the author of many books, including We, The Navigators and The Voyaging Stars. A doctor by profession, Lewis was best known for his studies of the navigation systems of the Pacific Islanders, which helped to revive traditional Polynesian canoe building and voyaging methods in the South Pacific.
American anthropologist and sailor Mimi George holds a doctorate from the University of Virginia. She was a member of David Lewis's expedition to Antarctica in 1983, conducting her own research into the dynamics of small groups. George and Lewis eventually married, and continued to collaborate on research projects for many years. In 1996 Mimi George helped to establish the Vaka Taumako Project, which preserves and perpetuates authentic Polynesian seafaring culture on Taumako in the southeast Solomon Islands.