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, March 2, 2016

March 1, Visit to Monsaraz, Portugal

We've just visited the medieval town of Monsaraz, Portugal with an English family that we have become very friendly with.  While traveling we often find kids for Ana and Porter to play with, but Zander is usually left out.  In this case our friends have a 12 year old boy and a 7 year old girl that also attend the local Spanish school.  They have been in the town for 12 years, so we regularly look to them guidance, but it is such a bonus to have similarly aged children.  We had a lovely overnight trip with them including a visit to several walled cities in Portugal and finally an overnight stay in Monsaraz.  Due to its strategic location, Monsaraz has been occupied since before there was a historical record.  From the hilltop location and above the banks of the Guadiana River it is postcard perfect.  Currently there are only 37 full time residents, but the village has been preserved as sort of a living museum and we had the place to ourselves in the late evening and early morning.  The kids enjoyed exploring the parish castle and with no one else around were able to play some futbal in the most amazing setting.  At one point they lost the ball over the castle walls and I remember thinking, if you are going to lose a soccer ball how cool to say you kicked it over the walls of a medieval arena.  

private soccer game in the castle

Wall ball medieval style.  When we started noticing bits of antiquity flying off the castle walls we quickly put a stop to it, but it was fun while it lasted.  My kids did argue that it was a castle after all, if it couldn't withstand a soccer kick it wasn't worth much.
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