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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 15

We had an amazing first night in New York City anchored in front of the Statue of Liberty.  No, we didn’t go ashore, we were too tired to do much, but we luxuriated in the calmness of the harbor and the brilliant view of the New York City skyline.  One hundred yards from Liberty Island we imagined how millions of Americans must have felt seeing the Statue for the first time, with all their hopes for freedom and prosperity.  We have enjoyed traveling to third world countries in Central America and the Caribbean, but we cherish our citizenship and felt a rush of patriotic pride sailing back into the United States.
We spent the next two days exploring as much of the city as we could with stops at the Empire State Building, Time Square, Central Park and the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier museum where we saw, in addition to a WW11 aircraft carrier, a concord and a space shuttle.  Our last stop was a somber one at the 911 memorial.  The reflection pools where the two towers once stood was a tearful experience and immediately brought us back to that fateful day.

Still pushing forward, trying to get to Maine by the end of the week.

June 13 leaving the tropics and arrival in NYC

We’ve officially passed latitude 38 and our bodies, now accustomed to the tropics, are cold!  We’ve had to drag out the fleece coats from the bilge for night watches.  The departure from the Gulf Stream was pretty dramatic with not only a loss of current, but a decrease in water temperature from 83 degrees to 73 degrees overnight!  Brrr!  
It took us almost a week to get from Miami to NYC.  I mistakenly thought the gulf stream, with its 2-5 knot current, with us for the first half of the trip would be more consistent.  We did have a very fast first day, but what I neglected to consider was how difficult it could be to stay in the gulf stream as it spreads out further north.  Where were the signs to point us in the right direction? The margin for error was quite small and a mere handful of miles from the axis was a  dramatic loss of current strength.  We had downloaded an approximate map of the current when we left, but it was not always exact and we moved in and out of the strongest part of the current throughout the first 600 miles.  At our top speeds we were getting 4 knots of assistance, but there were times that we were down to .5 knots.  Between the inconsistencies in the current (or at least our ability to find the middle) and the light winds it was a pretty slow passage.  The good news is we did sail most of it, we had very pleasant conditions with the exception of one cold night with a side of sheet lightening and monstrous thunder claps.  The one casualty we had a was a whisker pole that bent in half when we didn’t get the jib furled fast enough when a squall caught us unprepared (again the sheet lightening night).  All in all, it was a good passage and we feel a little more prepared for an Atlantic crossing which will be twice the length.  Not so bad!
We welcomed the return of marine mammals, which have been sadly absent since we entered the Atlantic.  We had hundreds of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins accompany us on the trip north; playing in our bow wake, giving us aerial shows and and being a great distraction from a long day at sea.  We also caught a Mako shark, which looks just like a miniature Great White when it is being hauled aboard.  Nobody wanted to try to take the hook out, but fortunately, for all party’s involved, it spit the hook and managed to make its way over the deck on its own.  Mako is quite tasty and I know it’s a staple fish and chips on NZ’s South Island, but we have a treaty with the sharks we like to abide by.  We won’t eat them if they agree not to eat us!  

We literally just arrived into NYC and in a few minutes we plan to crawl into our warm cozy bunks and get a full night of sleep and rest up for a full couple of busy days in the city.