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

One Year Out, August 26, 2013

thirteen years ago this fall we sailed off into the sunset on a 2 year cruise to points south and had the experience of a lifetime. Eleven years ago I carried a stow away around for 9 months, I hated being pregnant on the boat and vowed never to set foot on any floating contraption again. Seven years ago we had two small children and we were too sleep deprived to even contemplate cruising again. Five years ago we set a five year plan in place to cruise with our 2 boys. Four years ago - Crap, another stow away! Then and there we decided we were going to need a bigger boat! Three years ago we thought about buying a boat. Two years ago we actually bought the boat and then we became slaves to fixing the boat up (by we I mean Mike of course).This year we newly christened her the Pelagic.  She is our home away from home and although we will be tight, she is a solid, beautiful boat.

Today we are exactly one year out and we are really thinking we can do this.  The boat is almost ready to go, just a few more things on the list, but she is blue water ready, check.  Cottage in Maine is rented for three years, check.  Looking into renting the house, purging household items, exploring home schooling options, purging rarely used items, reviewing insurance plans, looking into storage units, continuing to purge, and endless other small tasks.........
We are expecting that this time next year we will be headed west on the Columbia and will then take a sharp left at the Pacific and sail south into warmer climes.  Of course it will all be romantic and magical with our 3 children perfectly behaved the whole way.  OK, I’ve done this before, I'm wise to the fairy ideals. I will threaten divorce, I will wonder why we are doing this again, I probably won't have to spend time dusting off my "parent of the year" award.  But, hopefully those moments will be small in the larger picture of experiencing the world at a slower pace.  Spending two years with our kids, watching them explore and wonder at the marvel of the sea and the magic of distant lands.  This is something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.  Absolutely it will be difficult sometimes, exhausting often, terrifying on occasion, but we will always be creating moments that we will, spend a lifetime cherishing.  

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