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

Friday, March 25, 2016

Getting our sea legs back, March 26

Sanlucar one last time
wild flowers in bloom 

Well, we finally were able to pull ourselves away from the Guadiana glue that was starting to attach to the keel in Sanlucar. Tears were shed as we left the dock and we actually had to blow the air horn to call Porter back as he was saying goodbye to one last friend. Between Michael and I we have spent time in some really wonderful towns all over the globe in our years, yet something about Sanlucar really has us second guessing our decision to move on. Somehow you get the feeling that time stands still in Sanlucar and maybe, as we watch our children grow far to quickly, that is the appeal. We wouldn't be the first to want to stay. Of the 350 residents, 50 are foreigners and almost all of them came originally by boat and were lured to stay by the picturesque, quintessential Spanish village that we have also found so magical. Alas, the minor issue of legality in staying here for us rears its ugly head and we must move one, at least for now!

It was a sad ride down the river to the mouth, but it was a quick one with the tide, and before long we were anchored off of Vila Real on the Portuguese side. The following day we went into town, completed a dozen errands and did a big provisioning run at the well stocked supermarket. We found Chocolate Easter bunnies and plenty of Easter goodies for baskets. We may well be celebrating Easter in a Muslim country, and we may not flaunt the whole Christ is our savior bit, but we won't go without our Cadbury eggs!

fantastic river friends
part of the posse of little girls that had free reign of the village

more river friends
Currently we are about half way through our trip from Spain to Rabat, Morocco. The winds have been fickle and we alternate between sailing with about 12-15 knots on the beam and having to motor sail. We have to arrive into Rabat at the high tide tomorrow, so we can't afford to bob around out here too long waiting for better wind. It is a good excuse to throw on the old iron main anyway!

Amy and crew on Pelagic
N 35 52 299
W 007 09 293

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