We are 300 miles from Cape Verde and all is well on Pelagic. The winds have been consistent, although the swell has been bigger than we expected for the 15 knots of wind. It took a little longer to get used to the motion of the ocean, but we seem to have it all down now. The kids are amazing, particularly Ana, the boat is home and she is so comfortable on it. She is part monkey and swings her way throughout the boat.
We just crossed the tropic of Cancer (23 degrees North) and tradition requires someone on the boat to be doused in seawater as a tribute to King Neptune. With the north wind, even though we are officially in the tropics, it is still not really warm. Porter suggested that we use hot shower water since technically it was seawater before it went through the reverse osmosis system. Done, check that box!
Fortuitously we've had the best moon on this trip; we are straddling the full moon and it is actually up for the full duration of the night watch. Unfortunately that means if we leave Cape Verde to cross the Atlantic within a week of arriving there we will be lucky to have an hour of moonlight an evening and at that only a sliver of light. Bummer! It is such a comfort to me to have a moon on watch. Star watching is great, but it requires sailing in a veil of darkness, and I prefer the moonlight for company.
Happy Earth Day from the Pelagic crew. From our vantage point in the middle of the ocean, we sure can appreciate the wonder of this blue planet.
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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