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

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 26, leaving the United States

As I write this we are motoring out of Casco Bay en-route to Nova Scotia.  This will be our last US port before we get into Canadian waters. We were pretty heavily delayed waiting for a spare part to arrive before we could leave.  Just a little part....the prop!  Anyway our departure is a little bittersweet.  We have had a wonderful time with Mike's family and friends from Birch Island. All the kids have fun on Birch Island and look forward to seeing their friends there every year. We've also been spoiled having access to West Marine, hi speed wifi and excellent shopping.  I've been worried about provision in Newfoundland, so we went a little overboard with the grocery shopping.  I literally couldn't get another stick of gum on this boat it is so packed with food!

We are expecting to motor today, but have good winds Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  While it is always better to sail, a flat sea state is kind of nice when you haven't been at sea for a while.  We could use a day to get re-acclimated to life afloat.
prepping the boat, view from the top of the mast looking back at the Mere Pt. landing

Pelagic off the Birch Island pier.  Never thought I would see that!

testing the survival suits

provisioning for the next month.  One of many food lockers on the boat

hiking in Camden
more provisioning.  Now where to put it?

the Glas and Bradford clan

July 20, 2015

The count down is here.  We are expecting to leave later this week for Canada and we are prep, prep, prepping!  We WERE totally on budget until we got to Ft. Lauderdale, and now everything we couldn't do over the last year is being fixed and cha ching! We are hemorrhaging money at the moment and we get multiple packages a day delivered; parts, parts and more boat parts.  We need to get off shore, or somewhere we can’t use our credit cards very soon!  That said, the boat is in great shape and things just need to be fixed and replaced in this environment.  Hopefully all this preparation will set us up nicely for the next year of cruising.  Next leg: Maine to Newfoundland, Canada and then on to Ireland.

The plan, today at least, is to have Porter and Ana fly to Alaska and spend a few weeks with my parents before they all meet us in Ireland in mid August.  It is a long time to be without the kids, but they don’t really care about ocean crossing bragging rights and honestly, I feel better about having two less souls to be responsible for during a high latitude crossing.  Seems to be a win, win. How is a high latitude crossing different from any other crossing?  Not so different, there still is just a lot of ocean in front of you, but cold water is a little more unforgiving if anything does go wrong.  On the positive side, we won’t be too far from shipping routes, so in the event we ever had any trouble, we actually may be able to get some assistance.  On our last cruise from Easter Island to Southern Chile we were bobbing around in the Southern Ocean for 20 days and only one ship ever traveled that route, so in comparison, this should be a walk in the park.  Not surprising, when you have your kids, or kid along, nothing is a walk in the park anymore.  Anyway, the difficult thing about this crossing, aside from the cold water is the fog.Where the Labrador current and the warm Gulf Stream meet, off the Grand Banks, it can be foggy, extremely foggy and accompanied by strong wind. Normally winds can be expected to disperse fog, but off Newfoundland the fog is frequently so dense and widespread that the winds have little clearing effect.  What does this mean for us?  Just that we have to be a little more diligent with our watches.  No worries, we have radar, AIS and three and a half adults to keep careful watch and we are crossing at the exact best time of the year to cross.  We are almost ready!