The following pages chronicle the journey of the sailing vessel Pelagic and her crew. We are a family of 5; Michael, Amy, Zander, Porter and Anakena, taking our 42' Hallberg Rassy as far as we can comfortably go in three years. We left Oregon in September 2014, participated in the 2014 Baja Haha, continued on through the Panama Canal, into the Caribbean, up the coast of the US to Maritime Canada and from there crossed the Atlantic. After an arrival in Ireland we toured Scotland, then sailed down to France, Portugal and on to Morocco. In January of 2016 we slowed down considerably and enrolled the kids in a local Spanish school in Sanlucar de Guadiana for a few months. In the spring of 2016 we crossed the Atlantic towards the Caribbean. We are now in the Pacific, officially on our way home, albeit via a very circuitous path. We are currently in French Polynesia and looking at weather windows to Hawaii before finally making landfall back in the Pacific Northwest.

Currently our exact location is not available. Our spot coverage will pick us back up in Hawaii towards the end of May, 2017.

Our favorite sailing quote:

"If anythings gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there boss!" Captain Ron






Saturday, May 27, 2017

Half way there, May 26

We are officially half way to Hawaii and actually pointing in the direction of the islands. Finally, after taking a northerly heading for so long. We've just gotten into the trades and we can now start making westward progress towards Kona. We are hoping with the consistent trades we can make up a little ground and this will be a faster half than the first half of the trip.

As a celebration of our progress we slowed the boat down, hove to for a few hours, and had a lovely swim call. The kids dove under the keel and swam all around the boat while I didn't get more than about 5 feet away, all the while holding on with a death grip to the rope we trailed behind. Yeah, I'm not brave in the open ocean, 1000 miles from the nearest land. Pretty sad when your 7 year old is prodding you along saying "Mom, there is nothing to be afraid of out here."

Anyway, things are good, we expect a few more comfortable days and then a few lumpy ones at the end. Winds build on the 29th, but all in the right direction. No complains on board.

975 miles to Kona

position:
N 07 37
W 143 12

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 7, May 25, radio nets

This passage is different from our other passages in that we are checking into two radio nets while we sail north. On previous passages we'd occasionally check into one of the ham nets, but not regularly and they certainly weren't keeping tabs on us, it was simply a diversion for us from the normal tedium of sea. This time we check into the Polynesian Magellan net in the morning. This is an informal net including anyone traveling within Polynesia. We've met several of the boats and have been talking to others on and off for the past three months, so we feel like we know them as well. They ask us about our fishing, the kids and we hear news of their travels and it makes us feel a little closer to civilization. The second net is an official Ham net, Pacific Seafarers net, and only ham licenses can participate. This one keeps tabs on us, posts our position daily on their website and if we fail to check in, they would do some investigating into whether we were actually in trouble or not. On several occasions, while we were in the islands, we heard boats on the poly mag net asking about a particular boat that may have neglected to check in and the Seafarers net wanted to make sure they made land fall. Often another boat has seen the particular boat in a bay and they simply forgot to check in. In an extreme case, say if you turned on your EPIRB, they would work with the coast guard in trying to help you. They have your course, your wind and sea state conditions and know if you were having any prior problems at all. In any case its kind of nice to know someone is looking out for us.

Otherwise we are all well. We may have just poked our nose into the doldrums as the wind seems to be dying. We are at almost 6 degrees north, so we thought we may have been lucky enough to miss it, but alas I think those infamously calm conditions have just found us. It isn't so bad. We will motor a little, get our batteries nice and charged up and then hopefully the winds will fill in soon.

N 05 37
W 142 20

Last bonfire, departing the Tuamotus, May 25 scheduled post





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fruit frenzy aboard Pelagic, Day 6, May 24

We are really happy with our progress thus far. The winds have been consistently from the East and Southeast between 10-15 knots. That kind of wind doesn't kick the seas up much and we've have fairly smooth sailing. I hesitate to even write that, but so far so good. We sped over the equator at 7 knots, quite different from out last passing of the equator where the weather was so calm the kids swam over the line separating the hemispheres. We still have over 1200 miles to go, but we are clicking the miles off nicely and everyone is content on board.

Our only complaint is all of the beautiful fruit we traded for in the Marquesas is starting to ripen all at the same time, so it is fruit every meal of the day. Canning aboard a rocking boat is not ideal, but we are managing to make a dent in our seemingly endless supply of bananas, passion fruit and pomplemousse and mangoes.

Current position:
N 02 34
W 142 01

Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 4, May 22

Position:

S 01 39
W 141 37

Our spot will not start working until we get to Hawaii, so completely useless on this leg of the trip. That said, we are checking in with the Pacific Seafarers Net at 5pm every day (Hawaii time). Apparently they post our position on their website. I can't attach the link, but if you are interested, our daily position should be there if you search their site.

Wind continues to be steady from the east. Seas are relatively flat and while we aren't flying, we are making a good consistent 5 plus knots. We expect to move a little faster when we hit the trades in the Northern Hemisphere.

We've made the transition to passage life finally and life aboard is simple, a bit boring, but manageable enough. We've been baking, reading and dreaming of what we want to do when we get home first.

Last night, while on watch, I went through 8 AIS signals, all transmitting from a few miles away, surrounding us, and yet I only saw one light on one small ship. Possibly a Chinese fishing vessel with smaller boats? The mother ship was the only one that showed up on the radar and the info on the AIS screen was minimal for the other 7 and they weren't moving fast, but they weren't just drifting either. Not sure what we went through, but that was my excitement for the night.

1550 miles to go.