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

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Day 4

It is a another groundhogs day out here. This day is shaping up to be very similar to the one before and very little to report. The wind are consistently 20 knots, the fog is heavy and because of the poor visibility we are relying on our instruments to navigate. The seas have crept up to 12 feet or so, but we don't expect them to get much bigger, so that is reassuring. We are running downwind, with a wing and wing sail configuration (main out to one side and the headsail poled out to the other side), so we roll gunwale to gunwale, which gets a bit old when you are trying to get something done, but it isn't a violent roll, and we are learning to live with it. We are making excellent time and excited about possibly making it to Ireland a little earlier than planned. Only 1250 miles to go!

Amy on Pelagic
N 49 42
W 043 31

Day 3

Another fast day and night to report. We managed about 165 miles in the last 24 hours with relatively comfortable seas (5-7 feet). One casualty was our autopilot, which seems to need new seals or something like that. Fortunately we do have a second autopilot, but we've decided to save that for motoring. Instead we are using our wind vane, which we haven't used much. It is a little harder to adjust course with, you have to go to the stern of the boat and you can't adjust it from the cockpit. On a long passage with winds that are pretty consistent, we hope we won't have to adjust course frequently. The good news is the wind vane doesn't require any power, so that will save our batteries some. In addition the cold weather doesn't tax the refrigeration much and it all helps when it is foggy and you aren't getting much of a boost from your solar panels.

We are officially out of the ice zone, so we can breathe a sigh of relief there. We are on a mostly downwind sail, so it is pretty comfortable and it is probably the least taxing on the gear, so hopefully this keeps up. Looking at the weather forecasts, we should be in for more of the same for at least the next few days.

Otherwise we are trying to keep busy. Today I am making raised doughnuts, so we'll see how deep frying goes on a rolly boat. I plan to cook with all my foulies on just in case! Everyone else is reading and relaxing. Today we checked into a cruisers net that we expect to be able to reach for most of the trip. There is a woman south of us solo non stop circumnavigating, using only her sextant, so Mike was able to nerd out with her a little regarding celestial navigation. We are feeling a little like underachievers just crossing an ocean with 3 watch stander's and full electronic navigation equipment!

Anyway, hope all is well with everyone on shore.

Amy on Pelagic