AILUK: Bring (or tie) together
Ailuk — a.k.a. the Island of Sails — has become one of the more popular atolls for cruisers, mainly because of the continuing tradition of using canoes as the main transportation. English is widely spoken, but if you need a translator, we have found that councilwoman Ready Alfred, teacher Tempo Alfred, head teacher Whitney Anitok, and Emily Kaious are very helpful. The school is relatively new and is in great condition. It also houses the National Telecommunication Authority’s office, which has a telephone for 50 cents a minute to Majuro and a fax machine. At one time, NTA did have an Internet connection at 10 cents a minute, but as of January, 2015, it wasn’t working. The island has two churches, Protestant and Assembly of God.
Captain Luc Callebaut and Captain Jackie Lee of the Yacht Sloepmouche kindly gave me permission to include his videos on my site. Komol Luc and Jackie!
INSIGHT: Mayor Rufina Jack is very active in promoting ideas for Ailuk and has successfully sought grants for the upkeep of the island’s canoes. Members of the Mieco Beach Yacht Club have a great relationship with Mayor Rufina and often lend a hand by shipping supplies and donations to the atoll, for which the residents are always extremely grateful.