We are day four into our passage and we are all settling in well. Yesterday we caught our first fish in ages, a small Dorado, perfect for dinner tonight. The days are long, but we manage to fill them being semi productive. Today we made fresh cinnamon bread for breakfast and schooling consists of reading history books, listening to Ted Talks and doing some light writing. Neither teacher nor student wants to take on Math or serious writing/research projects. I can't explain why it is so hard to be really productive while onboard. For some reason ambition flies out the porthole as soon as we set sail. Getting through the basics is about as much as we can accomplish on any given day. The kids continue to learn about late 19th century pioneer life via Little House on the Prairie reruns and 70's lingo and fashion with the Brady Bunch. They will be only kids in their generation that will get any of the references to some of the iconic sitcoms of the 60's and 70's.
This morning we had a treat and watched several dozen pilot whales accompany us for several hours. The didn't just cross our path, and they weren't riding the bow wake. Best guess is that they were feasting on whatever prey we were scaring up, possibly flying fish. The whales surrounded us and it was an awesome sensation of cruising with their pod.
Winds continue to be favorable, a little light, but dare I say it is actually comfortable and I'll take the slower speed as a compromise. We've covered about 500 miles so far, with about 1300 more to go. Looking forward to those baguettes.
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W 031 48
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