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, August 26, 2015

Made it!

ice chart we used to determine our course to Ireland

Inishmor Island
We made it to the Aran Islands of Ireland on August 23rd, almost exactly 12 days from when we left Newfoundland.  By all accounts it was a fast passage.  We covered the 1800 miles sailing all but about 150 miles and averaging almost 7 knots.  We had 11 days of either overcast skies or fog and the temperature never got above 55 degrees.  We were cold, it was foggy, but it was fast and the wind was always on our stern, so no one complained.

Sunrise on the arrival day brought the beautiful cliffs of Inishmor Islands into view.  Sea birds trailed in our wake and dolphins seemed to escort us into the small bay (OK, maybe they had been there the whole time, but it was a welcome sight regardless).  We are happy to be on land and looking forward to exploring Ireland.
Z collecting H2O samples for our micro plastic study

hoisting the French flag in St. Pierre (Canada side)

First day sailing, only sunny day!