Photo Gallery - December 2003
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In this photo you can get a good look at the baby clams with all of their colors. Rod (the clam farm guy) told us that the blue and green colored clams are more valuable then the browns. The clams are shipped to the US mostly and sold at aquarium stores for placement in home aquariums.
These clown fish live in one of the tanks of clams. Their purpose is to help keep the water in a more natural state. Otherwise, all contaminants and sediments are filtered from the water which is constantly being renewed from the ocean.
The start of the first Meico Yacht Club cruising yacht race in Majuro lagoon. The Meico Yacht Club, recently formed, held its first yacht race in December. Four cruising yachts vied for prizes and honors including a 55 gallon drum of diesel fuel and a night's stay at the Outrigger Resort.
From our vantage point we had a great view of the race start and the first leg. Here we see "Roxanne" (a custom Wylie 60) passing behind "Rainbow Chaser" (anchored) on its way to rounding the first mark.
Roxanne, here shown just after passing "Rainbow Chaser" totally outclassed all the other yachts with her massive speed. However, the race was handicapped and the winner announced based on corrected time, so the other competitors did have a chance.
The yacht "Seal" owned and captained by Carey and Karen. Seal was home built by Carey over a 5 year period in Seattle. Seal managed to finish second on corrected time and surprised everyone with her speed.
The yacht "Kaimana" owned and skippered by Ron. Kaimana won the "Coconut Cup" last year, an annual yacht race held at Majuro which allows all classes of competitors to participate including outrigger canoes! The only race of its kind. Ron managed to come in third on corrected time on this day though he was second across the line.
The ketch "Karmaladen" finishes last both on corrected and uncorrected time. Like the "Queen Jane" this boat is large and heavy and needs a good breeze to move her skirts. The wind this day was only in the 10-12k range. Had it been blowing 20-25k I believe "Karmaladen" would have had a much better chance.
Jonah, Pharoh of Lower and Upper Egypt wearing the crown of the combined kingdoms. Jonah and Kate made the crown in history class after reading about how one of the kings of Lower Egypt vanquished the king of Upper Egypt and thus united the two kingdoms into one. That same King also combined the two crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt to create the new crown.
On Christmas Eve several of the crews in the anchorage took to their dinghies and went boat to boat singing Christmas Carols. At each boat they attempted to recruit more carollers till almost everyone was in their dinghies and no one was left on the yachts!
Lynn and her younger boy Tristan (of "Roxanne") at Japan Day held at the Assumption School. They had Japanese food and rooms with Japanese toys, games of skill and origami as well as the Kimona room where guests are dressed up in traditional Japanese Kimonos and have their pictures taken.
The pool at the Outrigger Resort. Although it looks beautiful, the pool is unfortunately filled with saltwater (from the lagoon) and thus is unappealing to adults. Children don't seem to care and spend lots of time there.