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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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SEAGEM LOG
February 13, 1999

THE CRUISING LIFESTYLE

It's easy to fall into the easy rhythm of the cruising lifestyle.  If telephone communications were easier Charlie would no doubt be on the phone with the office but just getting a telephone call through, and then completing it without being cut off is a major accomplishment.  We may not be doing something right but I believe more and more we will depend on "hot mail."  We have found that our original plan of hooking up the laptop at an available phone line and collecting our e-mail is an impossible dream.  We have been able to send and receive "hot mail" from the Yacht Club's computer but now Gertrude, the hot mail lady, is off to pursue other ventures in Cayman so that avenue may be over  for the present. 

Michael Frankel, crewing on Hornblower II, has found a 'hot mail cafe" in the downtown area so he will be sending  this latest update and photos for us tomorrow.

guests & participantsLast night was the awards ceremony.  The Montego Bay Yacht Club Members went all out to arrange a beautiful evening.  The ladies of the club made lovely flower arrangements for each table plus magnificent ones for the horseshoe head table which was filled with dignitaries from the yachting world, the tourist development board of Jamaica and included the American Ambassador to Jamaica.  At the end of the presentations the four boats of the Millennium Odyssey had their log books signed on the Jamaican page and  were  welcomed warmly as an important part of the Pineapple Cup Celebrations.

The Pineapple Cup is an important event in the world of sailing.  This year the prize for first mSaadia Rees with Francis A. Tullochonohull over the line went to PYEWAKETT, captained by Roy Disney.  The Pineapple Cup Prize, which is a lovely silver pineapple, went to JAVELIN, skipper Larry Bulman.  In the World Cruising Division ADORIS, with skipper Saadia Rees came in first, SEA GEM, skipper Charles Gray, second and DISTANT DRUM and HORNBLOWER II tied for third.  Duke Marx, captain of DISTANT DRUM conceded to Bob Hall, captain of HORNBLOWER.  Bob had dived and repaired Duke's folding prop at the beginning of the trip which no doubt gave DISTANT DRUM the speed advantage to come in neck and neck with HORNBLOWER II.  The prizes awarded are lovely and will be treasured by all of us who received them.  Ours is a beautiful engraved crystal bowl, which we will pack carefully for the return trip to a safe display spot in Charlie's office in Orlando.

Jamaican officialsEveryone here from the Ministers to the dock masters assistants go out of their way to make you feel welcome and offers of assistance flow freely at any request.  We missed our host couple when they stopped by to welcome us and left their card and a certificate for dinner for two at their restaurant, THE TOWN HOUSE, in downtown Montego Bay.  Tonight we took them up on the offer and had a delightful meal and met our hosts Jim and Julia Snead.  THE TOWN HOUSE is not only an elegant dining experience but it is housed in a building of historical significance.  The structure was erected in 1765 and has served many functions and had many famous people visit from Queen Victoria  to many actors and actresses, musicians and directors.  We enjoyed not only our meal but our visit with Jim and Julia.

The next update will be from Panama but in the meantime we have plans for an island tour including a visit to YS Falls , the premier attraction said to rival Dunn's River Falls. We will lunch at Couples Hotel and Resort on Bloody Bay at Negril as guests of  our friend Frances Issa.  We also have invited all the Millennium Odyssey group to a covered dish fish dinner this Monday evening to celebrate our wonderful bounty of Mahi-Mahi.

Dock side is lovely, the galley is quiet and resting until the next leg of the journey. From Montego Bay Yacht Club, Jamaica, until later. . .