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
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Splitting ranks, October 25
Mike really should be the one writing about the political or historical summaries of the areas we visit. He's far more knowledgeable than I am and keeps up with the current events. It seems he thinks maintaining the boat is job enough! Safety, schmafety!
So, what are we doing in Colombia? Well, we arrived into the marina in Santa Marta on Friday and just got our paperwork completed Monday afternoon. We often wonder why these latin American countries make it so difficult to get through their paperwork. Don't they know we just want to come and spend money in their country, we aren't refugees trying to milk the system. Anyway, we were somewhat imprisoned in the marina over the weekend as we couldn't go anywhere until the paperwork was complete. As soon as we got the clear we started making plans. We are splitting ranks and Mike and Zander are going to hike to the lost city "Ciudad Perdida", a 5 day trek into the rainforest mountains to find the lost city, ruins that were only discovered in 1973 and cannot be reached any way other than trekking in. Why aren't we all doing it? It is somewhat cost prohibitive for the whole family. Porter is also still recovering from an ear infection (all that diving in Bonaire came with a cost) and we weren't sure Ana would really love slogging through slippery rainforest trails, crossing rivers and sleeping in hammocks under mosquito netting for 4 nights in a row. She's a trooper, she probably would have liked most of it, but it seemed sensible to do something else, something closer to the boat, something less expensive. Porter, Ana and I will be taking an overnight trip up to Minca, to escape the humidity and heat for a night or two at a higher elevation and hopefully do some of our own trekking.