We just left Roatan after 4 days of visiting the island. Mike still can't go in the water and in fact had to have his stitches removed and re-stitched, so it is back to square one for him. Per Doctors orders, he was to take it easy and keep his leg rested. He took the opportunity to get a sailmaker to repair our jib and do some other catching up with stateside business that only required some wifi. We also did 6 weeks worth of laundry. Laundry has been difficult on our trip. I choose to wash it myself whenever I can at a laundry mat or at a marina, but those options are few and far between. I think I have lamented before about the laundry issue, but this time we just didn't have any options for quite some time. Instead we did a few small boat washes, but boat clean is not real clean. In fact it makes me smile to see the kids appreciate what at home is just a normal occurrence; clean laundry in their dressers. As if laundry fairies come regularly. Now, when we get a fresh load of laundry done, they have their heads in the bags inhaling the sweet smells of detergent. They are starting to appreciate things they never used to. Since they have to do their own dishes, new sponge day has also become a highlight! While we were in Roatan they were having unseasonable high winds, so we were limited with where we could snorkel. We spent some time in French's Harbor at a Marine Park exploring the outer reef that protects the island. The highlight was a visit from a 5 foot barracuda that shadowed us for most of our dive. I think he was a resident, and although we had heard about him, it was still unnerving when he finally decided to show up. Barracuda have a very low cuddle factor and even a friendly fish looks menacing.
We are headed to Belize, where we will pick up my Mom and my Aunt Jayne and have them with us for a week, exploring mostly inside the reef. Should be good sailing with very little swell and great snorkeling.
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