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, November 21, 2014

Cabo San Lucas, November 13, 2014


Cabo San Lucas is/was a circus. This is the end of the rally, but its not really the most ideal place to bring three kids. We participated in the obligatory visit to Squid Row, kids in tow, and joined the rest of the rally crews to celebrate our accomplishment of sailing the 1000 miles to Cabo and the start to our collective Mexican cruising. From here we are on our own. Some cruisers will stay in Cabo, or spend the season in the Sea of Cortez. Some will travel further south and we expect we will meet a few as we hop scotch down the coast. Our big news in Cabo was we picked up 4 additional crew, our friends the Jarmans. They are a family of sailors and Mike did an earlier Haha with them when Porter was just a baby. It takes a parent with an infant to think standing watches on a 1000 mile leg of ocean is a vacation. They will stay with us for a week or so as we work our way north exploring the Sea of Cortez. 

Two days out of Cabo and the water is a soothing 85 degrees.  Gone are the days of inching myself in the water, cringing when the kids splash me.  Now the water temperature is warmer than the air temperature and you can literally roll right in.  Around the cape from Cabo is the furthest north coral reef.  We tied up to a mooring buoy and had our first tropical snorkeling in over 10 years.  The kids got to see puffer fish, rays, parrot fish, angel fish, colorful wrasse and other tropicals.  The coral wasn’t the most spectacularly colorful ever, but a Moorish Idol looks awesome with any backdrop.  We played in the water for several hours and then motored with flat seas another 45 miles to Bahia Muertos.  The morning brought more snorkeling, paddle board rides and lazily swimming around the boat.
We arrived into La Paz four days after we left Cabo.  La Paz has certainly grown since the last time we were here 14 years ago.  Gone is the sleepy little village and in place is a full on tourist destination with hotels on the Magote and resorts dotting the bay.  If you travel the backstreets you can still find the authentic street vendors and food carts that we remembered.  There are still a few derelict boats half sunk, eerie reminders of the last hurricane that passed through.  22 boats were sunk when hurricane Odele barreled up the peninsula several months ago.  Most of them have been re-floated, but there are a few the owners have abandoned and are still laying flat.   La Paz was more of a quick provisioning port for us this time around.  We have friends on board and we wanted to get out to the islands in the Sea.



master and commander


Dorado for dinner again

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