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
Yesterday we hoisted our anchor for the last time in the Baja peninsula and started our crossing to Mazatlan. We started the day with wind 10-15 knots of wind from the north. As we started down the channel between Ceralvo Island and the Peninsula the wind accelerated to 25-30 knots. The seas were relatively choppy but we enjoyed running at 8-9 knots. As the boat picked up speed, the fishing lures attracted the attention of a large Blue Marlin!! Choppy seas, fast boat speed with all sails flying and 30 knots of wind is the perfect time to catch a blue marlin. As we attempted to drop sail and reduce boat speed by heaving to, the marlin started taking the line off the reel on my fishing pole. We could see him jumping and trashing in our wake and he looked BIG. I applied the brake on the reel as I was almost out of line as the fish ran. The reel started smoking and was too hot to the touch and I was worried about losing all the line if it ran out. Just when I only had about 100 yards of line left on the reel, he stopped running. We started the motor and began chasing him since it was the only way I could reel in any line against his steady pulling. I fought for about 30 minutes working the line back in as the boat tossed and turned in the wind and waves and the sun began to set. I steadily cranked in line until the leader was in view and we pulled the marlin near the boat. I opened a side gate and reached down with my right hand and held the exhausted marlin by the bill. I removed the hook in his mouth with my left hand. Before releasing him, I called Zander over to hold the marlin by the bill so he could get a good look. The fish's eye was about 2" wide, his length was about 7-8' and he must have weighed about 175-200 pounds. After all the kids got a good look at him, Zander released him and he swam away quietly. We were all exhausted from the effort but amazed at what we had just accomplished. As the sun set, we turned the boat back towards Mazatlan. It is now 0830 and we have sailed all night at 7-9 knots with 12-18 knots of wind from the NNW. We are making good time, Mazatlan is 88 miles away and we should arrive late this evening. When we arrive, I will try to get some photos online.
Just hanging around
Zander holding the bill fish
Porter up the mast
Mike, Amy, Zander, Porter and Ana on Pelagic N23, 39', W108, 01'