Photo Gallery - February 2004
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The skipper at work in the stbd. side cockpit locker. In this case he is working on the water maker (desalinator) which stopped working while we were at Maloelap. This can be a bad thing since there is no fresh water available on any of these atolls so if we lose the ability to make our own we must leave and head back to Majuro.
The Queen Jane's dinghy at the beach on Airik island. This is the last photo you will see of this dinghy. After returning to Majuro from Maloelap this rig was sold to a local expat and replaced with a new Avon inflatable.
Well, maybe one or two more photos. This is the starting line of the Backwards Dinghy Race held in Majuro on Feb. 14th. The only rules are that dinghies must be run stern first and pass each mark in order. A feature of the race is that each crew is armed with buckets and water guns and attempts to detail the other crews by filling their dinks with water.
The starting gun has been fired and the dinghies are off. Jonah and Jordan participated in the race. They came in dead last. Jordan choose to borrow a 3.5hp engine from Martin on "Windrunner" because this engine could be swivelled 360 degrees and run in forward gear pointing backwards.
As you may notice, Jordan and Jonah cannot be seen in this photo taken just after the start. Unfortunately, due to unfamiliarity with the borrowed motor, Jordan managed to fat finger the choke at the starting line and couldn't figure out why the motor wouldn't produce any power.
Here you can see them sitting in the middle of the course while Jordan curses at the motor. By the time he realized what was wrong the race was almost over. He got the motor going and finished the race in last place.
Carey and Karen of "Seal". Carey is American and Karen is Australian. They have been living in Majuro aboard their Ingrid 38 for 2 years now. Karen works at the local newspaper and Carey does boat repair for a local outfit.
The yacht "Windrunner" on race day (Feb 15th) moving towards the starting line. The weather is less then perfect. Unfortunately due to the weather, very few photos of the race exist. This is the only one we could find which was worth showing. As you may also notice, there is very little (if any) wind. This was to change within minutes of the start as the wind came up from 4k to 25k making for an exciting race.
At the post-race party and awards ceremony, each crew (which completed the race) picks several prizes from a hat. In this shot we can see Jonah collecting a prize for the Queen Jane after he picked from the hat (it is a folding beach chair).
The skipper had better luck and picked the best prize in the hat, a night at the Outrigger Resort. The resort also hosts the races, which are held every 6 weeks or so, and in this photo you can see Jordan posing with Grant the manager of the resort. This photo also appeared in the local newspaper (thanks to Karen).
One of the coolest things about Ailuk is that the locals all get around (from one islet to another within the lagoon) on sailing outrigger canoes. This one was passing us as we were moving from one anchorage to another.