We are currently anchored in Bahia Honda, Panama. We sailed in today to a calm landlocked bay where the ocean swells can't enter. The bay is very remote and can only be reached by boat or horseback via a rough trail. The locals are extremely friendly. As we settled into the anchorage, a local named Domingo and his family paddled out to us in their wooden boat. We had heard from other sailors that Domingo likes to trade the fruit he grows for items he can't easily obtain. We were invited ashore to visit his home. Once there, I was able to repair his broken diesel electric generator and then we traded a bar of soap, several kids clothes and some fish hooks and line for three huge stalks of bananas and plantain, lemons, limes, cilantro, chilies, grapefruit and a large basket of lemon grass. As the sun set, we could hear several troops of howler monkeys either declaring their territory or just talking across the bay to one another. We had a huge red snapper to cook for dinner so I filleted it and wrapped it in some foil to steam it with the chilies, lemon grass and cilantro. As the fish cooked, I fried up some of the starchy green plantain. It was an excellent meal which even the kids enjoyed. Each item on the menu, even our reverse osmosis drinking water, had come out of the ocean or someone's garden that afternoon. After dinner, I went on deck to raise the dingy and kayaks into the davits. The moon had not come up yet and I noticed that the phosphorescence was unusually bright. I called the kids up on deck and we all decided to jump in for a night swim in the sparkling water. The phosphorescence was brighter and longer lasting than I have ever seen it. As we moved our arms and legs around in the water, the swirling wake would leave a 2-3 foot trail of phosphorescence which would last from 7-8 seconds. Diving under with a mask on was mesmerizing but also disorienting since the stars in the sky would blend with the stars in the water. The phosphorescence was so bright, like a flashlight shined in your eyes, it actually prevented you from being able to see well into the darkness around you. While swimming, Porter filled his mouth with sea water and as he squirted the water out of his mouth, it traced an arching trail of glittering little green diamonds. It was a fun day.
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