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

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mom, can I borrow the car?

Fast forward three years and I know what my life will be like.  The kids have all been in school the last week and now the boys take the dinghy in the evening to meet up with kids in the school yard to shoot hoops or play soccer.  We have to work our schedule around their schedule now.....which I guess we will need to get used to.  School has been met with differing views, but none terrible so I’m grateful for that.  On the first day of school we agreed to pick Ana up early and when we did she wanted to stay the full day, one down.  Porter is in a class of mostly girls, so he is happy and he seems to be making friends and figuring things out.  After the first day he went into the village to buy a few school supplies and he asked a local “donde esta office depot”?  Eventually he found what he was looking for, and he doesn’t mind putting himself out there.  Z had a little tougher time, but he’s hanging in there.  He seems to do all right on the court, but the classroom is definitely a challenge. 

There are some fundamental differences in the school day that the kids are having to get used to.  No lunch for one, instead they have a small mediana snack that they eat while they are running around on the playground.  Ana is convinced she is only allowed one item, so she stashes snacks in her brothers’ packs and finds them at recess to take back her loot.  The Spanish teachers also don’t mind singling the kids out and forcing them to the front of the class to either sink or swim with a task.  There is no hand holding on in Spain! It has been a rough initiation, but I think they will survive. 

The river is cold and foggy at night, but the days have been brilliant and quite warm.  Mike and I have worked on a few small projects on the boat and mostly just got the lay of the land.  The village is too small to have many specialty shops, so instead a fruit truck comes in once a week, a fish truck and butcher also make the weekly rounds.  There are also the random houses that will sell vegetables or fruit from their home, or maybe someone that sells eggs.  It takes a while to figure it all, but it has been fun.  With a boat we have full run of both sides of the river, so if something can’t be found in Spain, it is often found in Portugal.  It’s interesting, the locals don’t go back and fourth often (if at all) and the two cultures don’t mesh much, but the sailboats bounce back and forth.

Blog by Porter

The following is written by the kid that threatened to mutiny two weeks ago and stay on the docks in Gibraltar:

hanging around on a friend's boat

It was an amazing week I tell you, I loved it! I can’t believe I said I didn't want to go to school in the river.
I just got to experience the most wonderful week of my life. Who thought going to school would be, actually, fun? I made a lot of new friends and I am getting a lot of Spanish out of it.
There are three grades in my class Third, Fourth, and Fifth and I am in fifth [obviously] along with three other ten year old girls. There are five boys and five girls total in the classroom, but all of the kids in my grade are girls, which I DON’T have a problem with.  I just wish I had a ten year old boy I could talk to, not like I would talk in class, but still. As for recess it is called mediana in Spanish, all the grades go out at the same time and eat a tiny snack, but I think going all day with just a snack is a little tight so I just bring a big snack. They were surprised when I knew advanced multiplication which I thought was a little weird but that happens. So at school it is good, and at 4:30 all the kids go up to school to play football FYI football is soccer and that is the main sport here. But that is just a usual day for Porter on the boat.

                 If you want to hear more just tell me and I will write more bbbbbbbbyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeee.