We're an eclectic group of people who probably all would admit to having wanted to be pirates when we were younger (and some of us still do). It all started with Pete and Ali being asked to give some time to the people in Solodamu to help the village plan for their sustainable future. The project just grew and grew (see The Story So Far).
In 2006, Hibiscus III (with Pete, Ali and Jack) anchored off Solodamu. In 2008 Hibiscus III returned (with Spike the trainee cabin boy) with Ratbag (Chris, Tonch, Rachel and Sam) and ***** (Andreas from Germany), a first for Solodamu (three yachts anchored in the bay at the same time).
And the project's now taken on a life of its own. We've talked to lots of academics, villagers and yachties (all would be pirates) and had offers of help (whether that's been skills, expertise, labour, networking, or dollars) with getting a Solodamu sailing vessel trading on the waters.
The links page will take you to members of our growing network.
Here is a NY Times article about the progress http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/business/global/looking-forward-fiji-t...?