Four hundred and fifty miles from Rabat to our destination in the Canary Islands. It is not a long passage, but it is our longest since last August when we crossed the Atlantic. And really, the sailing is a piece of cake, it is entertaining the 6 year on board that is the hardest part. First days are always rough though and after leaving Rabat we weren't very productive. Meals were quick; pasta from a jar, boxed cereals and hastily put together sandwiches. We watched movies and read, we slept and waited out the day knowing the next day would be better. Sure enough, with the dawn of a new day our energy collectively returned, no one felt seasick and we were more productive. A little home schooling occurred, we made pumpkin cookies with some fresh pumpkin we found in the market, Mike made a creative Thai noodle dish that we all raved about and we got the fishing lines back in the water.
By the third day we were pros again. Zander has started taking his first watch, he gets up at 6am and stays until 9am. I'm not comfortable leaving him up there alone, but which ever of us is on watch at 6am, he relieves, and we simply sleep in the cockpit for a few hours. It has been very helpful so far.
We motor sailed much of the first day and into the second. Since we had to leave Rabat when the swell was low we weren't able to be as picky with a good wind window to leave it. No swell, no big winds or contrary winds and we had to leave or risk getting stuck for another week or so. Motor sailing isn't too bad. If the winds are light, but favorable we put up all the sails and the sails give us a 1-2knot boost and we can run the engine at low RPM's saving fuel, but most importantly it gives the boat some stability. By day two we had good 15 knots of wind and those have stayed into our third day. Hopefully they continue. We hope to be anchored tomorrow night.
The highlight of our first three days back on the water is the reoccurrence of dolphins. We've seen hundreds and they play around the boat for hours. Seeing them never gets old and the kids spend quite a bit of time on the bow watching them.
Amy and crew
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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, April 4, 2016
A friend on another boat took these ariel pictures of the Guadiana River on a sunny day and the second one of Pelagic at anchor from his drone. Currently we are en-route to the Canaries (or at least I hope we are since this is a scheduled upload) and can't upload photos, only text. Have I mentioned we are going to miss that place?