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, February 28, 2016

February 25, Porter's second birthday afloat, Carnival and a trip to Lisbon

Porter got a camera for his birthday, so the following are mostly his photos


Porter's 11th Birthday party

Porter celebrated his second birthday afloat.  This time he was lucky enough to have a class of kids to invite.  Birthdays are quite generic in Spain, everything is very uniform, so we shook things up a bit.  We reserved a few tables at the local bar, organized a huge scavenger hunt (which was a brilliant move because while the kids were busy running across town the parents had a relaxing time with cake and coffee) and had rationed box cake and frosting from the states (there are so many ingredients I can't get here including good flour, and powdered sugar, so for important events we dig into our stash of imported goodies).  
We also celebrated Carnival in Sanlucar.  Yup, it is about two weeks late, but the neighboring villages in the area alternate celebrating Carnival on different weekends so everyone in the area can celebrate with each other.  In school they had to dress up as a ringmaster, a smurf and a mariachi singer.  As you can imagine, Ana had fun, Porter had a blast and Zander was mortified.  
Lastly, we had a to make a run to Lisbon, three hours away, to renew Ana’s passport.  It is news to me that you cannot travel on a passport that is less than 6 months from expiration.  Anyway, her passport expires in November, but considering we don’t know where we will be and how easy it will be to renew it elsewhere, we headed to the nearest American Consulate in Lisbon.  You know your kids are getting older when you can leave a 10 year old and a 13 year old in a separate country on their own for the day.  They boys were in school and we had several other boats in the area checking on them in the evening, so we felt comfortable leaving them.  It is nice to be in a place long enough to make some really fantastic friends, friends that will look in on your kids if need be.  

We will have hard time leaving this place, we still have another month here, but I’m already getting weepy with the thought of leaving.  Such is the nature of cruising, you meet wonderful people that touch your life, and then move on and they move back to their separate corner of the globe, leaving you only with memories.