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
Friday, July 3, 2015
July 3, 2015 Update on land life or at least life at anchor
We've been anchored in Casco Bay, off of Mere Point for the last week and a half. In that time I've flown to Alaska to retrieve Anakena, stealing a few days to enjoy the midnight sun and see some friends, Porter has started camp, Zander has enjoyed having Porter start camp and Michael has kept busy ticking things off the very lengthy list of "to do" items. New whisker pole, check, new spinnaker sock (last one disintegrated in the UV), ordered, re-plumb aft head toilet, check, dive on the max prop and decide if it needs to be rebuilt (bummer, it will need to come off and be rebuilt and we will be eating top ramen for the next month to pay for it) and a new ignition switch installed, check. The checks are being placed, but there is a seemingly endless list of tasks still to complete. The windex still needs to be replaced, a frigate bird landed on the last one and broke it, the mast light needs to be replaced, a stern light needs to be replaced, lee cloths need to be made, a starter motor needs to be rebuilt, new engine gauges installed, as well as numerous smaller tasks and the list goes on. We also need to clean the boat from top to bottom; scrub the bottom, wash all the cushions, linens and carpet. Purging is another big "to do" item. Does Kena really need 8 dolls, 12 barbies, two lunch boxes and a neon pink and green cowboy hat, just to name a few things? How many soccer balls, comic books and tackle boxes do we need to carry around and what items on the boat have we not used in 10 months? Surprisingly, quite a few and those will all be happily purged and left in Maine or donated. Lastly, what are we going to do about our cockroach problem. Even the word is filthy and it is a dirty secret that I hate to admit to. We have tried to deny their existence for some time, but we have to face the fact that they are lurking under floor boards and behind panels. Nasty little creatures, that can actually live for a week without their heads, and they are the plague of the cruising life. No one can say cockroaches in your home, albeit a boat, is not utterly appalling. They are associated with filth and squalor. Ok, so I don't need to dust off a shelf to make room for my housekeeper of the year award, but we are not dirty people. In fact I probably clean more on the boat for the square footage than I ever did at home. My galley is about the size of a shoebox, so I have to keep that area tidy or I wouldn't have anywhere to cook at all. Mildew is a pesky little problem in marine environments and surfaces, bulkheads and cabinets need to be regularly bleached down. Marine heads are notoriously smelly places and the only way to battle the odor is to scrub daily. So where did we get these little revolting creatures if I've been the housekeeper I claim to be? Unfortunately, they are very easy to get; they come in with fruit you buy in the market, they can actually fly in your portholes, they can climb your dock lines and even if you are lucky enough to not have them come aboard in the previously mentioned ways, they can live on the glue that holds cardboard boxes together. So every box; box of cereal, box of jello, box of cake mix, has to be taken away and the contents stowed in Tupperware or other containers. Of course we tried to keep them off the boat, but somewhere in the Caribbean the real pirates came aboard and although we haven't seen many, we know they are there and even one is too many. This week is battle time, and I plan to win this little war on my apocalyptic surviving foes! I'll keep you posted.