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

Sunday, January 3, 2016

January 2, 2016 catching up on a few photos

Moroccan produce

finding a little space of her own to read

In my element, shopping for produce

diving in Gib

I can’t believe we are brining in a new year on the boat!  It seems like just yesterday we were throwing off the dock lines in Portland.  Where has the time gone?

We just returned from a lovely two weeks in Maine.  Michael’s parents surprised us with tickets home for the holidays.  My parents were able to fly out and visit for a few days so we were able to visit with both sides of the family.  The kids enjoyed being spoiled by grandparents, lounging all day in their pj’s, playing video games, hanging out with cousins and getting caught up on some of the new movies out.  Due to the strange effects of El Nino, Maine hasn’t received its normal snowfall and we didn’t see any snow until the last day of our trip.  The kids had to pack a winter’s worth of snow fun into one day!  

We returned to Gib just before the new year and the boat was tucked away safe and sound, and exactly as we had left it (it is always a little stressful leaving your home and flying 6 thousand miles away leaving it to fend for itself).  Gib throws a rockin New Years’ Eve party with a huge concert in the square and fireworks, so we had a great start to 2016. We also had the advantage of a 6 hour time change on our side to help us reign in the new year!  

We’ve finally decided on a plan of action for the first part of the new year.  We have been waiting to hear if our tenants would like to stay in our house a little longer, allowing us to extend our trip a little more.  They have yet to get back to us, but in the interim we have decided that this lifestyle is worth paying the mortgage on our house for a few months on our own.  We have been lucky so far and have not had to dip into our savings much.  A new water heater for the house, an autopilot for the boat and an extra week of land travel in France put us over budget on a few months, but generally we have been able to cruise comfortably on what money we have coming in via rental income and investments.  Paying a mortgage again will be painful, but we spent so much energy and time moving away from our shore based life, it doesn’t cost us any more to stay out longer, in fact in spreads the initial cost of the boat out a little, and we have convinced ourselves that extending our trip is the best financial decision (it is amazing what you can convince yourself in a pinch). We’d consider extending even longer, but out middle child is somewhat resistant.  Resistant is an understatement, Porter has threatened mutiny with just the 6 months we have suggested extending.  In all the accounts I’ve read about cruising with kids, people say small kids and teenagers are the hardest.  Apparently we have the equivalent of a teenager on board with our ten year old.  He is enthusiastic most of the time, but when something doesn’t go his way, we are the worst parents in the world for forcing him out here.  In his defense, he is a social kid and he misses his friends, and we have removed him from a life of being around kids.  In turn we try to compensate, but we have found that we are creating a bit of a monster with that tactic.  He is currently negotiating for an IPOD (blackmailing may be a more accurate term).  It is a constant battle, but if we didn’t have Porter and all the conflict he brings, we may take this life for granted.  He definitely keeps us grounded. 

 Our current plan is to leave Gib (as soon as the weather cooperates) and retrace out steps 130 miles back to the Portuguese border with Spain.  From there we will travel up the Guadiana River 20 miles and anchor in a lovely little river hideaway tucked between San Lucar de Guadiana, Spain and Alcoutin, Portugal.  The kids have committed to at least 6 weeks in the local school, expecting it to be impossibly hard at first, but hopefully eventually become fun.  We can stay there until April or so and then it will be on to coastal Morocco, the Canaries and eventually cross the Atlantic before the hurricane season descends on us (June).  

Xmas in Maine, Porter working at the cottage on Birch Island

Zander working on his uncles Lobster boat with his cousin Taylor

flying back to Gib

Just some of the booty we brought back from the States
more monkey fun

"Really, I don't have anything in my pockets"