Photo Gallery - November 2004
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The S/V Ultimate from the Netherlands. Tom and Techla sailed into Majuro just a week or so before we left. But, we expect to see them again soon as their route will take them to many of the same islands in the FSM as we are planning to visit.
A crowd of guys in snorkel gear are trying to float it with empty barrels and then push and pull it ashore. In the end a floating crane was brought in to lift the soggy wooden boat. It will certainly be a total loss.
The highpoint of the passage, occurring on day 3 or so (before the big storm hit) was a whale sighting. Kate spotted it first. It had apparently been swimming behind us, following us, for some time. The whale broke the surface several times, as in this photo which is the best we could do. He even gave us a look at his flukes once when he flicked his tail. We think it was a humpback.
Having blown out our mainsail, with the wind having moderated to about 30k, we unrolled part of the jib and rolled up the staysail. We were closing in on Pohnape at 7 or 8 knots. Our useless mainsail sits limply on the boom.
Looking South, the Oceanview Hotel can be seen at the top of the hill. The dinghy landing is at the bottom of the hill - the climb to the main road is a daily chore but we are glad to have hills around us after so long in flat country.
Since the water in the basin is very brown and silty, we are trying to not use our watermaker as the filters clog very quickly. We rigged a tarp as a rain catcher on the bow. You wouldn't know it from this photo, but it rains every day here, usually every few hours. In between, the sun comes out and bright sunshine rules.
The S/V Lenore, registered in Jersey, England, owned by an American and just completed in New Zealand this year. Lenore came up from NZ via New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. She is 80ft in length and has a crew of 2 (mate and cook). The owner, whom we have not met yet as he is back in the US, is the skipper.
Steven and Valere from the S/V Cosmic Muffin. Steve has been in Pohnape for 3 years working and cruising. Valere is a former Peace Corps worker who was stationed here. They plan to sail back to the US via Marshall Islands and Hawaii.