Photo Gallery - March 2004
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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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 .