We are just 10 miles from our next stop, Isla Grande, near Zihuat. The trip down was good by most accounts. It started with fairly flat seas and little wind, but the wind built until we had a nice run for about 12 hours with sails only. Sounds crazy to be excited about sailing, we are on a sailboat after all, but the winds are usually light in this area. Otherwise we motor sailed on and off for the 36 hour leg. The difficult thing about one overnight at sea is you never get into a groove. The first night is hard to sleep when you are off watch, making the days long and tiresome. After several days at sea, you learn to fall fast asleep the minute your head hits the pillow and you are off watch. The kids are learning to amuse themselves with something other than electronics. Zander made an entire rope ladder out of spare line. Porter has been busy with legos and jewelry making (he needs more friends for the number of friendship bracelets he is making). As always, Ana is content with her crafts and her toys.
We had numerous dolphins on the bow and several sea turtle sightings to report to the ProFaunaBaha folks. One of our many ongoing science projects. Others include our secchi disc recordings, our microplastic collection and whale sighting entry into a global database.
We are tired and hot and ready to be there. We have an outdoor shower that we often cool off in during hot crossings. Unfortunately, for the second time, a hose clamp to a pressure water line worked its way off and we lost some water before discovering the break. Plenty of water, just no pressure until Mike can get in the engine compartment and fix the leak. Looking forward to a swim at Isla Grande.
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