We just arrived into Espana, after crossing the 300 mile wide Bay of Biscay. Whether it is global warming, the effects of El Nino (shouldn't be in the Atlantic), or just a strange weather pattern, the mighty Bay of Biscay has not been it's normal ferocious self. The sailing books suggest not crossing the bay between August and November, because the wind is usually very strong. As we've watched the weather, it has been uncharacteristically calm with winds from the NE. Not normal conditions! We will take it though, that is exactly what we need to cross.
We left Brest under clear skies and light winds from the East. We sailed on flat seas for about 10 hours, the wind actually died for a few hours and then came back with some intensity. For 36 hours we had a steady 30 knots of wind on the stern quarter, but with winds building from the east, they don't have too many miles to build and it was a constant 5-10 foot seas. It was rolly, even under a reefed main and later just the jib, but we made great time. After two weeks on land I worried that we would all feel sick, but we got our sea legs back quickly (with a little help the first day from senora mecclazine) and the kids rallied. We rolled, we pitched all over the place, the boys really helped entertain Ana and after two days at sea, we sailed into Cedeira in Galicia.
We will be black and blue from getting pitched out of bunks, thrown against bulkheads and banging into corners, but we are across and it is nice to have this bay behind us!
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