We find ourselves at another crossroads, deciding how best to get home. We have two options. Option number 1 is to head towards the canal for an early November transit. From there we would retrace our steps north past central America and Mexico and eventually into Southern California. Unfortunately a large portion of this 5K mile route is against the predominant winds, so we would be waiting for weather windows and motoring quite a bit. On the positive side, we loved cruising Mexico and we can revisit some favorite spots and hopefully find some new ones. Option 2 lets us spend a little more time in the Caribbean and transit the canal in December. From the canal we could visit the Galapagos and sail to the Marquesas and Tuamotus before sailing north to Hawaii and then on to the Pacific Northwest. It is probably the best sailing route home, although it is 8K miles of mostly blue water sailing. Due to the sailing season it would mean getting the boat back a few months later and the little kids and I flying home from either Tahiti or Hawaii. This option leaves Mike and Zander to sail alone at least one of the last big passages. Cons include big sea miles in open ocean and separating the family. Pros include visiting arguably some of the best cruising grounds in the world. The French Society Island will always be on our bucket list, but you never know if we will get back out here. What to do?
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