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
Friday, October 3, 2014
To blog or not to blog? October 3, 2014
Kind of a ridiculous question, considering I spent the last few evenings trying to figure out how to create a blog and I don't intend for those hours to be wasted. That said, this is when I really have to decide how much of myself do I share. Do I post pictures of the kids, information about our route, descriptions of our struggles and triumphs? This information is out there forever right? There are safety issues to consider and privacy concerns. I guess I need to figure out how to filter and still share an interesting tale .
I know when we did this 14 years ago we had a website, shared pictures, sent hundreds of emails to friends and family. Some of this info was passed along, but it certainly wasn't out there for any internet surfer to view and comment on. All the logs, pictures and emails went into a large binder and it is currently one of my prized possessions. It is unbelievable how much you forget in life if you don't document it with either pictures or words. Anyone with kids can testify to how much you forget!
OK, so back to do I blog everything? Realistically I am not going to keep a separate journal. So, this will be my only account of our lives; the good the bad and the ugly, for the next 2 years.
Somewhat self promoting, but hope you enjoy follong our trials and tribulations. Hopefully I don't regret my decision to go public with out trip. Hopefully we don't have some crazy experience that is actually newsworthy. Hopefully it is all just a sweet story about a family that set to sea, enjoys each others company and has exciting adventures along the way (but not too exciting).