The anchorage we chose had about 5 other boats in it preparing for the same weather and hiding out. We spent the next two days snorkeling, swimming and hiking around the small island. With the rains from the hurricane and the blooming plants the islands are covered by small, fragile, yellow butterflies. The kids have had their hand magnifiers out, completing a little of their science requirement. As we follow in the wake of Steinbeck we witness so much science in action every day as the Sea of Cortez is just full of wildlife. The boys like to dive on the anchor line. While the chain gently moves on the bottom, it stirs up the sand and the puffer fish feed on the disturbed small prey. There are hundreds of them down there. The boys also chase any game fish around with their Hawaiian sling but so far their batting average is pretty abysmal. One of these days they will get the hang of it. Their failure is fine with me, we still have fish in the freezer from the last catch. Diving pelicans disturb the sea surface when their huge prehistoric bodies hit the water with amazing speeds and then they fly off with surprising agility. Boobies and Frigates dot the sky and we saw our first Oyster Catchers on the beach. Daily we watch manta rays jump out of the water, dolphins cross our bow, the occasional Dorado is caught and we are always on the lookout for the elusive whale shark, a frequent visitor in the Sea this time of year.
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
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Not a bad way to spend a few days weathering out a Northern, November 19, 2014
We anticipated a strong northerly wind in the following 24 hours, so we headed north and were rewarded with a beautiful sail to Isla San Francisco where we anchored, expecting to be there for a few days until the northern passed. The predominant weather in the Sea for this time of year is northern winds and we hope to hop scotch up the Sea between blows.