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






Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sailing 101, again! Weather routing. September 24



Porters Anniversary gift to us.  He knows Mike and I are fruit bats and he asked a local if he could pick star fruit off one of their trees.  

Just a slight incline to this hash course!

Hashers



Zander reminds us daily, that when we pass the one month mark in any given anchorage, we are no longer “cruisers”, but liveaboards!  While we have not renewed our cruising permit (we have a 30 day permit), we are coming up on one month in Grenada.  We had plans to leave Grenada on Monday (tomorrow).  I say plans, past tense, because we have gotten so used to the constant easterly winds we expected that they would continue through the week without thinking too much about weather routing. Silly hurricanes have a way of disrupting that regular pattern!  There is a pressure wave that was just generated off of Cape Verde that some weather routers are predicting will develop into a big storm and blow fairly close to us.  At the moment we are not worried about our relatively safe hurricane hole here in Grenada, but we aren’t sure we want to be out at sea experiencing the waves a severe storm to the north can produce.  Additionally, a large storm would cause the wind to back and our constant Easterlies would become contrary winds, not a sailors dream.  We will keep an eye on the weather and have the boat ready, in the event that we feel the need to run south to Trinidad, or quite possibly the storm will track further north than currently predicted and we can leave as planned.  Either way, we are back to sailing 101, where plans are written in sand at the high water mark, and you simply have to wait until the weather cooperates.


On a more personal note, Michael and I are celebrating our 16th anniversary today.  I bicker, whinge and moan on a regular basis, but I am truly grateful I was on the Discoverer 18 years ago, sailing between Tahiti and Easter Island, and able to meet this crazy man that has so immensely changed my life for the better.  There is nothing like cramming yourselves and three others on a 42 foot boat and sailing around the world to test your patience, resolve and affection.  We test the “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” philosophy on a daily basis, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am a lucky gal!

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