|This is chicken grilled on a thermal vent from the volcanic area on Lanzarote.|
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
Saturday, April 16, 2016
We are hoarders! I've packed so much food on this boat there is barely room for us! I have 25 liters of milk stored in the shower, an entire cabinet filled with chorizo from Spain, Mike has bottles of $2 Spanish reds and Portuguese Ports stuffed in the bilge (we will enjoy the wine after the passages are complete). We are expecting to be able to get fresh fruit and veggies in Cape Verde, but otherwise we have provisioned for a month (which means Michael and I have both independently shopped for a month). We could circle around out here for 6 months and probably not starve! When we bought the boat almost 6 years ago, we knew it would be a bit tight for our family of 5, but everyone said go when you can buy a boat.......if you wait until you have enough money for a bigger boat.....you will never have enough and time will pass and some life event will keep you from ever going; declining health of a parent, kids that are too big to want to go with you, etc. You will always want a bigger boat! So, we took the advice and bought the boat we could afford, not quite envisioning how our three small children would grow. Zander probably eats his own weight in food daily. Our then seven year old is now bigger than me and the baby is almost seven. How did that happen? Anyway we are making it work and we are going to eat fantastically for the first week just to make some breathing room on the boat.