We are still out here, freezing our butts off in the North Atlantic. The fog has finally lifted and we were able to catch a glimpse of the sun today. A beautiful sight. Days are cold, but nights are freezing on watch. Tomorrow morning we expect to be half way, and although we are going north in latitude we are hoping for slightly warmer weather as we leave the Labrador current and hopefully catch a little of the gulf stream. We are still moving steadily and the wind continues to be consistently on our stern. Yesterday we had a short lull and actually flew our spinnaker for a few hours in the light winds.
We are in the midst of what has to be one of the hardest parts of sailing passages; boredom (sinking is probably the hardest part, but I don't plan to ever experience that). We've read a dozen books between us, watched a 5 disc documentary on the US space program, played countless games and we still have hours of the day to fill. Mike continues to fix things as they need repair. Fortunately nothing major, just upkeep. He is perpetually checking systems, looking over every inch of the boat and trying to anticipate future problems before they arise. And still, he has time on his hands. To interrupt the boredom we love seeing dolphins or watching the countless seabirds soar around the boat. At night the birds squawk at the mast head lights and while we can't see them, we can hear them out there. The phosphorescence is always a thrill and one of these days we expect to have a clear enough night to watch the stars. All I can say is with all this fog, I'm so glad we are not celestial navigating.
950 miles to go.
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Amy on Pelagic
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