There is a high pressure system that has been sitting over the UK for the last few days and is forecasted to stay for at least the next few days. It is bringing brilliantly clear days with a nice easterly warm wind. It is as if we are getting an Indian summer after no summer at all to speak of. The weather in Maine was cool before we left, Newfoundland was unseasonably cold and foggy, in Ireland the locals complained about the abysmal summer they had and in Scotland all we heard was that this was the summer that never came. We can't really complain after almost a year in the tropics, but we will take any crystal clear days thrown our way. We can open hatches, get some air flow and dry things out that have been wet. We constantly battle mold in these cool, wet climates and I am constantly bleaching walls and surfaces. Recently Zander pulled his baseball mitt out of a corner in his cabinet and it was covered in a green fuzz. So, we bleach, we wash clothes frequently, we sponge up any condensation we see and we rotate items that are up against the bulkhead and more susceptible to mildew.
The tropics beckon us, but we've got an exciting couple of months of exploring Europe before we get too far south.
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