Ok, so we are not actually in French Guiana yet, we still have 25 miles to go, but I am being optimistic that we will arrive tonight, before midnight. We are all really looking forward to setting the hook and getting a good night sleep! Tomorrow we hope to explore the famed penal colony from the book Papillon. That is the plan anyway, and if you've read the book, you know what a plan is! The wind died yesterday and we are motoring these last few miles.
In the meant time we are sweating our butt's off. It is hot and humid and since the wind has died we don't get much relief. The seas are not as big and I try to get the boat cleaned up a little, but it is stifling hot down below and it may have to wait until we get somewhere with a breeze. The relief we get comes in tropical showers that frequent the skies. When it rains, it comes down in buckets and the kids run up on deck and stand beneath the sail covers to get doused by the cascading water that comes off the sails. It is a nice break and it also provides a much needed wash down of the boat. We've also been frequented by flying fish and they leave their scales everywhere along with a little odor. Now the boat is nice and clean. We also have been able to cool off by sitting on the swim platform and dangling legs in the water, although we've only dared to do that since the wind has died back and the seas have mellowed.
Last night we went through a phosphorescent bloom of some sort and the seas were pulsating with neon lights (at least I hope that is what it is and we didn't just go through France's nuclear disposal site). Usually you see the bio luminescence in the water disturbances of our wake or a white cap, but this was the first time I had seen it look like depth charges of exploding light. It was quite spectacular!
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