Have we only been out here nine days, it feels like an eternity. We did get some small rays of sun today, so we soaked that up between waves dousing the boat. Actually the cockpit of Pelagic is very dry and we watch these monster waves coming and totally brace ourselves for getting wet and in fact the stern just raises up and the waves crashes under us. We've only had a couple of waves in the cockpit (knock on wood). We have had 25 knot sustained winds for a day and a half, gusting to 35 and that makes for big seas. The bow has been buried in green water and looking out the portholes on a certain tact is like looking out a submarine window.....all rushing water.
The big seas are hard on my nerves. The boat is constantly lurching and even though we have everything stowed down below, the sound of cans, pans and all our personal gear slamming around behind closed hatches is nerve wracking. For the first time ever we had to take out the pot holders on the stove. Our stove is gimbaled, so even in rough conditions I feel comfortable boiling water, oil or anything else. The stove simple stays in place as the boat moves under it. As we slam around in these waves, the motion is so erratic that for the first time we have had to secure the pans to the burners.
Anyway we continue to persevere, but we are looking forward to calmer seas in a few days.
Only three more days to go.
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