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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 27, Slowing down a little in Spain

Things are falling into place; we are meeting locals and other yachties and trying to immerse ourselves in the local culture.  The kids continue to do well in school and are making friends.  The school has about 35 kids attending; 8 are from boats that are here for less than a year (like us), there are also another 4 international students that are permanent residents in town.  Our family makes up almost 10% of the student body. I worry that our attendance is disruptive, but we think they like getting boat kids in the school because they get funding for more students. The population is so small that the school is perpetually in danger of closing due to lack of students, so although I'm sure we upset the class room dynamics a little, they do like having us here (or at least our numbers).  At least that is the gist we are getting.  The school is so small that both Zander and Porter have been tutored by the Mayor on occasion, yeah it is a small town!

Mike - roasting his own coffee on the river
We’ve also met some really lovely English families, some have made their homes here in Sanlucar and some are just passing through, as we are.  Our biggest battle is trying to meet the locals because it is easy to gravitate towards the English speakers.  

We are making the most of our short time here especially the part about having all our kids in school for the first time ever.  Is that wrong to say the days are blissful?  Mike is starting a yoga class this week and I take Spanish lessons in the evening.  Other than the random tea we are invited to, that is the only schedule we have to adhere to.  The rest of our time is spent hiking, writing, working on the boat and cleaning (Pelagic has never been so clean). Life is good! We can anchor out in the river easy enough, but we are finding with so many after school activities, we like being tied up to the dock (which at $7 Euros a night is crazy easy on the budget).  The kids can come and go as they please and they love the liberty.  With our helicopter parenting tendencies back home, we never allow our kids the kind of freedom they are experiencing here, and they are loving it! 

As you can imagine, our activity level has decreased substantially and our blog entries for the next few months may well decrease as well.  A few of our friends have asked us questions over the months about random cruising issues, maybe we can finally take the time to write about them;  gear specifics, how we chose our routes and how can we afford this.  Let me know if there is anything else you may be curious about......I have the time.

If you take a break from checking on us, please check back in again in a few months when we expect to venture out of the river and get back into exploration mode. In April we hope to head south towards Morocco, the Canaries and eventually across the Atlantic.  In the mean time we will be researching routes across the pond.  We’d love to hear travel stories about French Guiana or Surinam and that area.  We are considering a route through the Cape Verde Islands and on to South America.  Yup, we are making it all up as we go along.  

fresh roasted coffee makes a happy sailor

Porter is on a writing kick.....

This may be a repeat, but I believe this is a pic from our Bay of Biscay crossing.  Porter is actually standing up straight,
Another good week here in Spain.  So, where should I start....  One of my friends from home asked why the Spanish don’t have lunch at school.  Well, to tell you the truth I really don’t know for sure, I know that they have a little snack at school and then when they get home they have a really big lunch and siesta (afternoon rest) and later a small dinner. I can’t live like that so I have a big lunch and a huge dinner. I also had one of my friend’s askewhat the kids in Spain are like. Not too different, but at school they really work on their penmanship because they use boleys that is Spanish for pen and they can’t mess up. I mean they spend a really long time on their writing and their papers, even their drafts look like works of art.  Everyone plays soccer, they call it futbol, and they are really good.  They also play on pavement so they can’t dive. They also have to take English and French in 5th grade.  The school is very small and I have 3 grades in my class, but I still only have 10 kids in my class. I have a crush on one of them her names Nayara and you probably cant pronounce it, well try this Ny-ar-a.

Here is a little Spanish lesson for you:

uno,dos,tres,cuatro,cinco,seis,siete,ocho,nueve and diez 
that’s one.two,three,four,five,six,seven,eight and ten
spoon is cuchara, knife is cuchilla, fork is tenedor, plate is plato, table is mesa, kitchen is cocina, bed is cama, night table is mesita de noche, and pencil is lapiz.

Well, that is just about enough Spanish for today.

 adios amigos, Porter