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ENTRIES

FULL LOG

Safaga,  Egypt
5/22/00

Israel
4/12/00

Red Sea Rising
4/12/00

A Trip to Cairo
3/28/00

Safaga to Port Suez
3/26-28/00

Safaga, Egypt
3/22/00

Red Sea Rising
3/14/00

To Safaga
3/13/00

Ethiopia
3/6-10/00

Djibouti
3/3-13/00

Arrival in Djibouti
3/4/00

 Birthday
2/25/00

Boat Cooking
2/23/00

 Bear off!, bear off!
2/29/00

"No speak English"
2/27/00

Arabian Sea
2/23/00

Bananas!
4/17-18/00

Valentine's
2/16/00

Leg to Djibouti
2/15/00

Laguna Beach
2/8/00

Maldives
2/5/00

Island of Male
1/28/00

More Sri Lanka
1/26/00

Impressions
1/21/00

Sandra Dale Cook
1/15/00

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SEA GEM LOG
April 9, 1999

TOWARD HIVA OA

Hiva OaOur wind has held up and we are rolling on toward Hiva Oa at sometimes up to ten knots.  If we get over nine knots and the wave action is against us, the auto pilot cannot hold the course.  This does not happen frequently but when it does the boat must be brought back quickly to avoid a jibe or going out of control, which can do serious damage to the rigging.  The seas were more settled yesterday and last night became rolly again but not as severely as before.  We still hang on, always on hand for the boat.  We are averaging over seven knights and have about eleven hundred forty three miles  to go, but who is counting?

When it is rough it is hard to do anything but yesterday the refrigerator had to be cleaned after something had slammed into a container of strawberry yogurt and it had mixed with the bottle of Italian dressing that had fallen over and comer open.  It is amazing how far you can spread a mixture like that.  Everything on two shelves seems coated and all had to be washed.  Well at least you find the things that have slid back in the refrigerator and become "out of sight out of mind".  Menu planning and execution is a challenge.  Charlie and Jeff are appreciative,  I think they know too many complaints and the cook might strike, and that would leave on of them in the galley.  I have done this enough that I can pretty well function even when it is pretty rough but our meals are pretty basic.

Mid afternoon and all three of us are on deck and Jeff suddenly exclaims "Look a boat, off the bow".  There it was big as life.  We watched to determine what direction it was moving, with the help of binoculars, then without and determined it was not moving at all but adrift.  It did not look like a fishing vessel but more like a research ship.  We tried to raise him on the radio but no response.  When we got close enough to read the name on the side we saw it was either Chinese or Japanese (maybe why they didn't respond.)  After passing them we did spot one buoy in the water.  Why they are out here drifting we don't know, but we waved, they waved and on we went.  This was our first sighting of another vessel since we left the Galapagos Islands on March 28.

Later in the afternoon we saw another vessel (or possibly the same vessel) at a distance.  A lot of excitement in the same day.