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

Friday, May 6, 2016

chasing the moon, May 5

I was so disappointed when we mapped out our passage across the Atlantic to discover that we would have almost no moon. The moon would be up mostly during the day with just a short glimpse just before dark or early in the morning. What I didn't calculate was that because we were mostly going due west, the moonrise and moonset would change and in fact we would get even less moon every day. We are literally chasing the moon. I have yet to see even a sliver of it on watch! Without the moon, it is dark and personally I find it a little scary, but I try to focus on star gazing which is utterly without comparison. The skies are clear and the stars are infinite. It is a curtain of diamonds overhead and dazzling is an understatement. I've never been super comfortable in the dark. When I was a teenager I paid my 7 year old brother to walk me to babysitting gigs in the neighborhood and then I'd pay him another dollar to pick me up when I needed to go home. Unfortunately things haven't changed much over the years, I still make my boys walk me down our driveway on trash days so I don't have to walk down the unlit, very spooky, hedge lined lane in the dark. So, while my nature is to be uncomfortable sitting out alone on watch, I do find some enjoyment in the solitude. It is one of the few times when the boat is silent. I can hear myself think, I don't have to read Harry Potter, play Polly Pockets or continuously feed my teenager. It is quiet and my time is my own. It is peaceful and I am learning to really love the night watches, even without the company of my moon.