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, May 11, 2016
Hanging in there, May 11
We are less than 300 miles from French Guiana and we expect to get there the evening of the 13th. The wind continues to move us along nicely, although it should shut down as we close the coast and we will most likely have to motor. We are starting to see ships around us as they move down the South American coast from the Canal area. We will have to start being a little more diligent about paying attention on watch. We've been spoiled with laying back, watching the stars and only once in a great while looking up. The stars have been amazing and in 12 days I saw my first glimpse of the crescent moon. It was up when it got dark and went down before 9:30 pm. Not much of a showing, and I'm glad I'm not relying on celestial navigation! Last night, in particular, we saw multiple shooting stars and between the bio luminescence, the star show and the fact that staying up on watch only requires a thin blanket to keep warm, they were enjoyable watches. I mentioned earlier that Zander takes a 2 hour watch between 5am and 7am every morning and that has really been a help. We are hanging in there and very much looking forward to the night of the 13th.