February 13, 1999
THE CRUISING LIFESTYLE
It's easy to fall into the easy rhythm of the
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.
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 monohull
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.
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
, 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. . .