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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moved Aboard, August 1, 2014

Wow, a lot has happened in the last 5 months.  The big project of getting out of our house and storing what we want to save has come and gone.  We sold/donated/passed on about half of our personal property.  What wasn’t purged is now in a 300 square foot room we enclosed in our basement.  Hopefully the basement won’t flood and the house won’t burn down, but at some point I have to give those worries up and concentrate in the new ones I undoubtedly will create for myself while we are at sea.

We have been on the boat full time for a month. The boat definitely feels cramped with all of us, our gear not fully stowed and the dog on board.  The good news is we have a definite plan for the dog and although we have her for the next month on the boat, my aunt and her family have agreed to take her while we are away.  Yeah!  Huge item crossed off the list.

The most recent development is that Mike learned his thyroid cancer has returned in his lymph nodes.  First thought, super scary, but his doctors all have convinced us that this is a battle we will most certainly win and although he will need to have surgery, he will fully recover and the good news is will most likely not need more radiation.  If nothing else this has reinforced our desire to cast off, life is short and we are grabbing all it has to offer while we can.  

For the last month we have started a very loose homeschooling schedule.  Twice a week for one hour a day.  You’d think I was doing root canals without anesthetic!  The whining and bartering that goes along with an hour of work is quite remarkable.  That said, there is almost a noticeable decrease in the amount of complaining this last week from last week before. Baby steps!  By September it may be even bearable. Did I actually just write that uncharacteristically optimistic line about homeschooling? I have yet to get through the mountain of homeschooling material I have to sift through, so baby steps are preferable at this point. 

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