Surprisingly enough, in just over two years of cruising we are witnessing, and being affected by our second out of season hurricane. First we encountered Vance going down the Baja coast, and it changed the entire Baja Haha rally schedule, splitting the fleet up. It was more of an inconvenience than a worry, but it was out of season and not expected. Now, we are sitting just 45 miles south of Category 1 hurricane Otto, which is expected to make land fall in Costa Rica, and if the predictions are correct, it will be the first hurricane to hit Costa Rica in recorded history. Is it the effects of global warming, or simply better record keeping? Vance stayed out at sea and didn't do any damage, and Otto isn't predicted to stick around long either and probably won't do much damage, if any. Maybe before good record keeping these two storms wouldn't have been registered as hurricanes. Although Otto is small, it does give us pause when routing, the hurricanes don't seem to be getting the memos about when the season is over. Otto covers a very small area and although at the eye there are hurricane strength winds, the winds dissipate quickly. We are in a very safe place. The winds are from the south and west and they have to go over land before they hit us, so they lessen in strength before hitting us and we have very little wind. We've been playing it safe, and staying put, but it is hard to believe there is a hurricane so close.
While we wait out the weather we have been getting caught up with homework, hiking on the mainland, watching the Kuna fish all around us, snorkeling and today we explored up a mangrove river. The dinghy barely fits going up river and we have to duck out of the way of dangling mangrove shoots. We don't mind the shoots, its the spiders and crabs that fall off on you when you move them out of the way. We've been watching several men hunt for octopus near our boat and Zander is convinced he can make a go of it (I think the Octopus are pretty safe). The dugouts visit us regularly, sometime selling a little fruit or some lobster, but often just to chat. Mostly we get visits from the men, but in the village we see many of the women. About half of the women are still in traditional dress; beaded ankle and wrist bracelets, blouses with molas (sewn panels with intricate designs) stitched to them and colorful sarong type dresses. The real traditional ones paint their cheeks red to ward off the evil spirits. It is prohibited to take pictures of the Kuna, but hopefully in the less traditional villages, I can snap a few photos. Anyway, we are entertaining ourselves and it isn't a bad place to get stuck and sit out weather.
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