Wooden Philippine boats retracing historic voyage to China

Crafted from a centuries-old design, three identical wooden boats set off from the Philippine capital for China on Saturday, to retrace a historic trip by a Filipino sultan and showcase long-standing maritime ties.
The 29 crew members on the three vessels – two propelled by engines and the third by sail – hope to make it across the South China Sea, a nearly 1,000km (620-mile) voyage, to the eastern city of Xiamen by May 2. The 18-metre (60-foot) boats are replicas of a “…