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Photo Gallery - March 2004 

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One of the dozens of little motus (islets) dotting the Eastern edge of the lagoon at Ailuk Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

 

 

 

 

 

Another shot of one of the little motus taken from a neighboring motu. The channels in between the motus are often deep and wide and on the flood tide are filled with fast moving clear ocean water. 

 

 

 

 

A group of kids who came aboard to look around while we were anchored at Enjallet island in the Ailuk lagoon. Kate brought these kids back from the island when she went to visit with Jonah.

 

 

 

 

All the kids are back in the dinghy now for the ride back to shore.

 

 

 

 

 

There goes the ferry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah on an outrigger sailing canoe which came alongside to visit with us. Jonah just jumped in the water and scampered up onto the canoe.

 

 

 

 

 

Two of a group of three young girls, about 12 years old, who came to visit us two or three times. Each time they brought beautiful shells like cowries and Kate traded with them things like magiv markers, paper, lollipops and crayons.

 

 

 

 

The three girls in their canoe heading back to shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah diving off the bow of the boat.

 

 

 

 

 

The captain doing a cannonball dive.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate looking beautiful while the sun sets behind her at Ailuk Atoll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every couple of weeks while we are out at a remote island we have to burn garbage (there is no place to dispose of it and after you get two or three bags piling up it can be offensive onboard). In this photo the captain is spreading the trash over a bed of leaves and sticks which he will then light.

 

 

 

 

Jonah picks up a lobster off the cockpit floor to place it back in the bucket. The lobsters were caught by David, a Marshallese who lives ashore. He collects them at night on the outer reef and in the morning we trade with him things like sugar, coffee, rice, etc. On this day we got six lobsters for a pound of rice, a jelly jar filled with sugar, a 6oz jar of instant coffee (which we carry for trading) and a 2oz packet of curry powder. On another day we traded rice, sugar and a pack of cigarettes (which we also keep aboard for trade).

 

 

 

Jonah examining the bucket of lobsters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A channel which separates two little motus (islets) in the lagoon. We took this on the captains birthday at a beach where we played Petanque (boules).

 

 

 

 

 

Jim from "Dancer" with Jeanette in the background. Jim is holding his balls.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah makes a throw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring the distance between each ball and the target ball determines who scores.

 

 

 

 

 

Cocktails in the cockpit of the Queen Jane on March 15th, the skipper's birthday. From left, James, Jim and Nina.

 

 

 

 

 

In attendance are James and Pam from "Rainbow Chaser", Nina and Jerry from "Arctracer" and Jim and Jeanette from "Dancer". In this photo Jeanette and Kate are seen.

 

 

 

 

 

We had a wonderful seafood chowder prepared by Jim, a fabulous Asian cabbage salad by Nina and rice by Pam. Lobsters were cooked by the birthday boy with help from Jim on the messy job of removing the meat. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Skipper gets a birthday hug from the Admiral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reef out back. We anchored off a nice little islet about a third of the way down from the top end of the atoll and right off our stern was this lovely reef. We snorkeled here two or three times and saw some nice fish and healthy coral. 

 

 

 

 

An outrigger sailing canoe passes us at anchor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A closer look at one of the wonderful sailing canoes of Ailuk Atoll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A typical scene at Ailuk Atoll with a lovely little islet (motu) with white sandy beaches and a traditional sailing canoe in the foreground. 

 

 

 

 

 

Chess time on the Queen Jane. The skipper first taught Jonah to play chess almost 2 years ago. They have been playing once or twice a week since then and Jonah is really starting to think strategically and show some promise. It won't be long before he can beat Jordan.

 

 

 

 

The first in a series of photos depicting the Coconut Cup Race and festivities. We returned to Majuro from Ailuk in time to participate and the day of the race we finally rounded up a seirious crew. Topping our list is Dr. Robin McIntyre whom we first met in Fiji 2 years ago. Dr. Robin (as we like to call her) normally serves as helmsperson on "Seal" who did not race this day, so we were lucky to snag her with an 11th hour appeal. Robin originally arrived in Majuro on her own yacht and has years of sailing experience.

 

 

 

The talented and lovely Rebecca and Biana were assigned to sheet trimming with Rebecca on the main sheet and Bianca on the mizzen sheet. Both girls teach on Majuro at the Co-Op school and did a wonderful job during the race.

 

 

 

 

Crossing the starting line before us, "C'est la Vie" (sailed by Keith and Susan) ended up in 4th place in the race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tri-maran "Windswept" which took 2nd place overall passes us just after we cross the starting line. This sleek 65ft boat weighs next to nothing and is said to go as fast as 25k in the right conditions. She is sailed by Richard and Christine.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah on the windward deck during the race with Jane, one of the crew we picked up at the pre-race meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this photo you can see in the foreground Bruce (Jane's husband) and Jane again on the port sidedeck and then Julie, a local nurse who also crewed with us.

 

 

 

 

 

The littlest racer, the 8ft sailing dinghy "Turtle" skippered by Karen of the yacht "Seal". As the only boat in the under 20' class Karen easily won first prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of a great race, the skipper takes the helm from Dr. Robin for the final leg. The Queen Jane crossed the finish line 7th out of 12 boats. Of those 12, the first 3 finishers are all super go-fast machines like "Windswept" shown above. Taking first place was "Roxanne", second place went to "Windswept" and third to "Capricorn Cat", another speed-demon catermeran.

 

 

 

 

On our way back to the anchorage, Bruce (who lives and works on Kwajalein with his family and owns a J-30) takes the helm while the rest of the crew furls sails.

 

 

 

 

 

Post-race cocktails with the crew. Bruce and Jane are shown here. Bruce was absolutely instrumental in our race performance. Bruce handled the jib sheets while the skipper handled the jib furling line (which has to be hauled in for each tack to clear the staysail stay).

 

 

 

 

Half of our crack-a-jack crew enjoying a rest after the race. From left we have Rebecca, Julie, Dr. Robin and Bianca. They not only did a great job but enjoyed the race immesely.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah, a friend of Bruce and Jane's rounded out our crew. Sarah along with Jane and Julie handled the jib on the foredeck during tacking. All three women did a fabulous job doing perhaps the most demanding and dangerous task on board, hauling the jib over between the jib stay and the staysail stay while tacking. The Queen Jane has never sailed to efficiently and cleanly as she did that day.

 

 

 

 

 

The highlite of the evening's festivities was the awarding of prizes. Since prizers are awarded randomly, placing high in the standings does not mean getting a good prize. Jonah picked number '6' from the hat and we won a whole heap of prizes. Here is the crew with the emcee accepting our prizes. From left are Dr. Robin McIntyre, Bianca, Rebecca, Julie, Bruce, Kate and Jonah (Sarah and Jane are unfortunately not visible standing behind Julie and Kate). The cute little girl in the front is "Miss. Coconut Cup" who posed with each crew.

 

 

 

The winner of the outrigger canoe division (whose name escapes me now).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William of the sailing vessel "Piet Hyne" took the honor of last place. But to give him the proper credit he deserves, it should be noted that William is a single-hander and raced with no crew at all (the fact that he is 75 years old should not be counted in his favor however).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie and Jeff of "Sailor's Run" took 11th place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our good friends Martin and Christe of "Windrunner" stand to collect their prizes with their crewmember.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our arch-rivals "Karmaladen" stand in their coordinated costumes. Karmaladen (skippered by Dr. Rixeene Ayers) beat us by less then one minute.

 

 

 

 

 

Standing for 5th place are the owners and crew of "Kaimana". Ron Douglas on the far right and his partner Liz to his right are residents of Majuro and have been here almost 2 years now.

 

 

 

 

 

The crew of "Windswept" which took second place should have also won the distinction of having both the largest boat and the most crew. With 18 people on board for the race she was well manned but still had plenty of space for all.

 

 

 

 

 

The crew of the winning boat "Roxanne" a custom Wiley designed 65ft sloop. Tom and Lynne and Jack and Tristan (ages 11 and 7) normally sail as a family, but in the race had plenty of extra help as seen here.

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the night's entertainment, a Marshallese Stick Dance was performed by a group of young men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next few photos show the Queen Jane in action as taken by crew on several other boats. In this photo taken just after the starts you can see 'Roxanne" passing us close by on the port side. "Windswept" is just to the aft and upwind of "Roxanne" and will also pass us very soon after the start. We managed to get an excellent starting position which helped us to do well

 

 

 

 

In this shot, taken just after the one above, the boat "C'est la Vie" has already passed us (on the lee side) and "Windswept" can be seen passing them. The Queen Jane is the Ketch at left with the blue stripe on the jib.

 

 

 

 

 

Taken from an upwind boat, this shot shows the Queen Jane racing ahead on a good reaching tack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This closeup shows the Queen Jane right at the start of the race with "C'est la Vie" just to leeward of us (their mast can be seen between the main and mizzen).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close reaching on the final leg, the Queen Jane is looking good and running with "a bone in her teeth" as they say. Conditions on race day were good with light winds at the start of the race. In this photo, on the final leg, we had about 16-18k of wind from the ENE. Of course, the lagoon is very calm giving us near-perfect conditions .