Winds have been light, but with the aid of the Gulf Stream we have still managed to have a 200 plus mile day.
We are currently sailing up the coast of Florida, will pass the border in a few hours and then pass Georgia, the Carolinas and hopefully pass Cape Hatteras before the weather changes.
This is actually really exciting for us. We are in uncharted territory, which is ironic since we are probably along one of the busiest waterways in the world. We are cruising along the East coast of the United States and for the first time in our whole trip we are doing something totally new. Since this wasn't our original itinerary we didn't familiarize ourselves with the weather patterns along this coast. Mike, ever the boy scout, is always prepared! Right! Anyone that knows him knows he loves the planning and researching process. I, on the contrary, am kind of a fly by the seat of my pants type of gal. If we were relying on my preparedness skills we would still be motoring around in the Columbia River looking for the river bar. But I digress a little. We are novices here and we have both been studying the weather forecasts for the last month or so trying to figure it out. We watch the highs and lows as they dance like spinning tops over the nautical charts of the Atlantic and we try to make sense of their direction and heads or tails of where they will go and how that will affect the weather in the ocean and specifically, us! For out biggest move we just wanted to be out of the hurricane belt before the summer storms start up. NOAA has predicted a lighter than usual hurricane season for the Atlantic, but we still think it is best just to clear out. Nervousness aside, we are feeling good about our window to Maine and we hope to make most of it in one go. This will be our longest passage to date, but without Anakena on board, it seems almost like a holiday. We miss her, but wow, it is much easier without a 5 year old and the needs of a five year old on board. She is having fun with my parents in Alaska and will meet us in Maine when we get there. Gotta love the grandparents! We just spent a week and a half with Michael's parents in Gainesville, so we have been very spoiled lately.
So far we have traveled about 250 miles of the 950 mile trip and things are looking good. We've clocked the Gulf Stream assistance at anywhere between 1 and 5 knots. We are loving it and hope to be able to stay in it for another couple of days. At some point, near Cape Hatteras, the current goes offshore and we will lose it, but for the present, we are loving the ride.
Our current location is N 29 53 400, W 079 30 900
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