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 16, 2016

March 16, Wild flowers of Spain and more prep to leave Europe

We had to say goodbye to my parents after a two week visit last night.  Sad as always, but great to see them even for a short time.  The only advantage to saying good bye is our boat feels huge with only the five of us again! When they came out they brought treats, two hundred watt flexible solar panels and an extra inverter. We already have one inverter, but have I mentioned that Mike is a belts and suspender type of guy.  He loves redundancy in onboard systems. I can't say we explored much of Spain while they were here, but we did some great hikes around Sanlucar, my Dad played a lot of basketball with the kids and in general we just had a great visit. And, I didn't manage to put my Dad in the hospital while he was here (on prior visits he has been hospitalized for blood poisoning due to a clamming accident and needed rabies shots due to an unfortunate incident with a raccoon). While they were here Mike managed to fit in a 4 day trip up to see the old zoo where he grew up and the surrounding area.  Mike was certainly imprinted from an early age with a love for the sights, sounds and even smells of Catalunya and he always feels this pull to return to see the area, and while it is a bit depressing with his old house abandoned and the park far from its glory days, he still feels the urge to visit.  So, he made the 12 hour pilgrimage to the north of Spain and visited friends, his favorite restaurant (no, it wouldn't be unusual for him to drive 12 hours for a good meal) and relive some of his childhood. He's got a few good stories about his time there, I'll try to get him to write about it later.
The kids will be out of school on Friday and then we will see if we can remember what it is like to be a cruising boat again.  Checking weather, watching our energy use, getting our sea legs back and rationing everything from water to chocolate bars. On our way back from the airport and returning our rental car we bought $500 worth of groceries and I'm not sure we have a single meal!  We bought dried fruit, nuts, snacks, sauces, dried goods and everything we may not get in small local grocery stores in the next few months.  We will still have to do a big fresh meat and veg shop before we take off, but the provisioning has started. We are 20 miles from the coast, but then it is a straight shot to Rabat, Morocco. Starting to be ready.........I guess!

wild iris

fields of lupin

Mom and I hiking

taking a break from a river view ride with my Dad

more lupine

our daily transport between countries

Ana's beach birthday

wild lavender