Photo Gallery - June 2001
Pictures with a border can be clicked to see a large version of the image.
Hannah (at center) and her father, Jonathan, from the S/V Attitude along with Jonah. The gentlemen at the far right is an Aussie named Phillip from the S/V Capers. The photo was taken on the motu at Makemo where the crew of "Attitude" and "Capers" had organized a beach cookout.
Jonathan Spencer, owner and Captain of the S/V Attitude of London. See http://www.spencersatsea.com for more information about "Attitude".
An example of the mid-lagoon reefs we had to dodge while making our way across the lagoon of Makemo. These patches of reef vary in size from 20ft in diameter to a hundred yards by 20 yards, or larger. Fortunately, they are very easy to spot and were always seen half a mile or more before we approached them, even in bad weather.
CJonah walking down the pier at Makemo carrying two empty gasoline jugs we were going to have filled. The pier is used to unload goods from the ships which keep the island supplied with everything from food, building materials and automobiles. It also served as a dinghy dock for visiting cruisers.
Jonah clowning around in one of his favorite spots aboard - the bow platform. This photo was taken at the West end of Makemo where we went after leaving the village. This anchorage was our favorite in the Tuomotus and was situated in a "horseshoe" shaped coral basin and was a quarter mile from the pass at Makemo's NorthWest corner.
Kate holding up her trophy tuna. This Dogtooth Tuna was caught by Kate outside the pass in the dinghy with Chris and Markus in the early morning while I slept. We estimated its weight at about 35-40lbs.
Our anchorage at Tahanea, our next stop after Makemo, was home to a group of Blacktip Reef Sharks. Here is one cruising by our boat. They seem to hang around the sailboats anchored there waiting for handouts, which they often get.
S/V Layla, friends we met in Seattle two years ago, anchored by a motu on the SE corner of Tahanea. We spent 3 or 4 days anchored next to them during a period of heavy winds which made the anchorage at the pass too rough.
This photo is the first in a series of shots of Markus "feeding" fish carcasses to the local blacktip shark population. As I indicated in the journal entry for the day of this event, Markus is quite the madman, but he's a lot of fun to be around!
On the morning of our arrival in Tahiti Jordan went on deck at 7am and WHAM we had a hook-up. The fish was obviously big and strong. With full drag applied it took almost every yard of line of the reel. Jordan spent 30 minutes fighting that fish before getting it up to the boat. The next 2 photos show the biggest fish we've ever caught.
Jordan has tentatively identified the fish as a Striped Marlin. Our estimates put it at about 6-7ft in length. We can only guess at the weight, but 200lbs would not surprise us. Early on during the fight Jordan decided it would be impossible to bring such a creature on board. Kate was gratified to hear this.
Here is the billfish alongside the Queen Jane. Shortly after this photo was taken Kate cut the line just above the leader and let it go. The fish will survive and the hook and leader will eventually rust away and fall out, according to our fishing guru Markus. Jordan's arms, however, may take longer to recover from the fight!