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

Monday, June 27, 2016

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, June 28

tea party on the stern

St. Lucia

Pitons at sunrise

Our month is the Caribbean started in Tobago where we spent a week traipsing around the least visited island in the Caribbean and getting a taste for sailing in tropical islands again. We enjoyed fishing, snorkeling, spear fishing, anchoring in beautiful bays alone and hiking into waterfalls. From Tobago we went to St. Lucia and had a little culture shock as we re-entered the reality of cruising with hordes of other boats. No longer were we special, no longer did locals and other boaters come over to us after seeing our flag to chat. We saw only one other American boat the whole time we were on the other side of the Atlantic. We were a novelty in Ireland, Scotland, and the west side of the continent. We were the token Americans and as one of our English friends said "the news makes all Americans look bonkers, and then you meet one and they aren't really so bad". Back in the Caribbean, all of a sudden we were sharing bays with 20-30 other boats, even in the off season! Anyway, we are slowly adjusting to urban sailing and sailed through St. Lucia, St. Vincent and into the Grenadines.

Our favorite island group was the Grenadines and the best of the best, we'd all agree, was Tobago Cays. Tobago Cays is the cruising dream everyone has prior to going cruising. The water is crystal clear and from under the boat to the horizon you can see a dozen scintillating shades of blue that just beg you to jump in. The Cays are a marine park and there were a dozen other boats, but even the company of charter boats practically anchoring on top of us couldn't take away from the experience of being there. The Cays are protected by two reefs; Worlds End on the outer side and smaller Horseshoe Reef in closer to the small islands. We dove Horseshoe and were surprised to see such a healthy reef. Schools of small and pelagic fish swarmed around us, while below was a complex reef system with high biodiversity in coral, reef fish and other reef phylum. There was a sea turtle reserve within the park and we saw many of the gentle reptiles swimming around the anchorage. In the dinghy one of the boys would often suddenly jump overboard after spotting one and try to swim with them. Another highlight was a low lying island that was the site of the island Johnny Depp was left on in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course we had to re-enact several of the scenes with swords, pistols, other pirate swag and bottles of rum. Not all cruising boats carry all the appropriate props, but of course we do.
After a year away from the water and then a few weeks getting used to the water again, I can finally say Ana is a strong swimmer and has figured out snorkeling successfully. It has literally happened in the last two weeks and it is so fun to see her getting comfortable swimming; doing somersaults, diving down under the surface and jumping off the boat. And, in the last few days she has graduated from "goggling", as she calls it to legitimately snorkeling and now swims along with me, grabbing my arm every time she sees something new. It is really fun to see all my kids so independent really loving the water now! They could spend hours under the surface and are continuously rewarded with new sights, whether it is a reef shark, octopus, new fish or new creature, they all love exploring the underwater world. And, as a bonus, they can't fight underwater, so we spend a lot of time down below the waterline!

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