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






Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fifty Shades of Gray......Day 7

Sounds like a super exciting blog entry.....not quite! More gray skies and gray ocean. Our only variable is the fog density. Can we see the bow of the boat, or is a good day and we can see a couple hundred meters! It is grayness all around us. Trying to be positive we are seeing the occasional new species. The boys saw a basking shark on watch this morning and yesterday the fog layer lifted slightly to show us soaring skuas. Maybe they have been there the whole time and at a flight altitude of about 100 meters we just haven't seen them through the fog. We have tried to troll a line, but with our speed the lure rises too close to the surface and we have had too many shearwaters and fulmars dive on them.

We had a short lull in the wind and motored through the night, but we are back to sailing with some bigger winds headed our way. We are hoping with some increased speeds to be in Ireland on the 23rd. The Guiness is calling our names.

We continue to read, cook and daydream just to keep busy.

Crew thoughts (complaints):

Amy - Started Game of Thrones and didn't bring the second book in the series. Argg! She is also wondering why we went left when we hit Florida instead of right like all the other sane cruisers sitting on the hook in the Caribbean sun.

Cole - Misses not being able to walk more than 42 feet and staggering at that. His complaint is "no stars at night"!

Mike - Misses the sun, warmth and a warm toilet seat. He's a simple man!

Zander - Can't wait to be able to put a glass of milk down without it flying away with the next roll. He also misses flan and his siblings, in that order. In addition he misses not having to brace himself while taking a shower, but as we reminded him, he has only done that once the whole trip, so it is the rest of the crew that should be complaining.

Enjoy those 90 degree days we keep hearing about. We will be thinking about you at night when we are pulling on our 5th fleece layer. 725 miles to go.

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Amy on Pelagic

One week out and half way there

More fog......we just crossed the half way point and we now only have 850 miles to go. We are excited with our progress, but we sure could use some clearing to boost morale. We saw a brief glimpse of blue yesterday, but today we are again in a veil of fog. Thank God for GPS, or we may have ended up in Greenland. It would be hard to celestial navigate without seeing any celestial bodies for a week at a time; no moon, no stars and no sun.

Last night we did have an amazing bio luminescence showing. All the white caps were lit up like ships in the distance and our wake left a neon trail marking our path.