We had planned to leave Ft. Lauderdale on May 30th, but plans and the cruising lifestyle don’t always mesh well. We fired up the motor to start our pre-cruise check and noticed a small hairline crack in the exhaust elbow. Not life threatening, and if we had been at sea and noticed the crack we would have patched it and minimized the motoring, but since we are in one of the boating capitals of the world, we decided it would be prudent to get it fixed in Lauderdale. It is a simple fix, but unfortunately it will take until Friday to have someone fix it. The good news about being in a boating mecca is lots of boating repair shops that can fix virtually anything, the bad news is there are a ton of boats that have the same idea and are in the queue ahead of us! In 9 months of sailing this is the most inconvenienced we have been, so I guess I can’t complain. And on the flip side, the kids are excited to drive back up to Gainesville to visit grandparents again. So we will wait it out and hope the global weather gods get the memo and the weather cooperates with a late in the week departure.
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