Hi, We are back in Mexico! We are riding the Gulf Stream north from Belize and getting a 4 knot boost on a beam reach; we should be in Cozumel in about 2 hours and it is 22 miles away. The kids are looking forward to having Mexican food again as it has been sorely missed while we were in Central America. Of all the countries we have visited, Mexico has been everyone's cultural and culinary favorite.
Belize was fantastic. We entered the barrier reef at the far South near Guatemala and cruised the islands all the way to the North with only one stop on the mainland to drop off Amy's mom in Belize city. The navigation inside the reef was tricky as we often had only 1-2 feet of water under the keel. We caught a nice barracuda and had it for dinner along with some conch fritters. Porter collected the conch and also pulled in the 3' barracuda. Belize is free of ciguatera so the fish was safe to eat. Anchoring at night in the lee of islands provided calm sleeping conditions with the cool trade winds blowing in the hatches. The snorkeling and diving was a pleasure since the water visibility was easily 60' and the reef was healthy with numerous hard and soft corals. At one anchorage we had a 4.5' barracuda stay near the boat for 2 days. The kids named him Barry and every time we looked over the side, we would see him hovering around and under the boat. We went swimming with him and despite his sharp teeth and watchful eye, he was quite harmless. We fed him table scraps like a puppy and were sad to see him go when we sailed away.
Mike on Pelagic in the Yucatan
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