Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Once a month there is a yacht race between the cruising boats. It is pretty mellow and fun, and for me it is about always keeping my boat in good sailing condition, and those cobwebs off (mental and physical).
Thursday, February 14, 2013
For Majuro Day there was a canoe race, and a couple canoes from WAM school were in the race. We went down to check out the start, and because they needed another sailor, I ended up on one of the canoes! As the other sailor and I are familiarizing ourselves with the canoe we here a horn go off, so we jump in the boat, first off the start, and begin sailing. We look back to see that no one else has started yet. Five minute horn. Ha! So we tack and head back to the start. At least we got a practice in.
Once the race actually started, we got off to a good run across the lagoon. It was one of the windier days I'd seen and we were flying! About 40 minutes into the race we pitch pull the canoe and the boom snaps... race over for us. We were pretty bummed, but I had a feeling I'd been black magicked. I probably wasn't supposed to be racing these canoes...
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I have become a sewing teacher... somehow. Before arriving in the Marshall Islands, I hadn't spent more than a few hours behind a sewing machine. How this all began: Reese and I are cruising about Majuro by bicycle and decide to swing by the canoe house that we'd heard about. The canoe house is part of Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM) school that is continuing the tradition of building traditional Marshallese sailing canoes. Being sailors, we appreciate all forms of sailing craft, and I particularly am a fan of outrigger sailing canoes!
A few of the people that run the show here are other sailors who we'd met before, and they mention that they have some nice heavy duty sewing machines and need some teachers for the trainees in the school. You guys know how to sew? Totally! We can't pay you, though. Trade? In addition to full use of the machines for boat projects, we traded for time on the sailing canoes and internet time(which is actually a pretty good deal in the Marshalls). Also, once we get paying projects into the school, we'll get a cut of the job. Deal. We are now sewing teachers.