Happy, happy day! We are officially half way there. 892 miles to go! We celebrated with having pancakes with precious syrup for breakfast. We found syrup in Cape Verde after 8 months in Europe with no syrup. We've been making our own with maple extract, but it just isn't the same. Dinner was lasagna with ricotta cheese that has been hidden away and saved for today. We also had peach cobbler with another stashed bottle of whip cream. We don't ever drink on a passage, but today we did break out a small bottle of cava to share between the five of us as a celebratory toast.
It is amazing how good it feels to be on the downward side of our passage. In fact after this trip we don't anticipate another passage nearly this long. Maybe a few 3-4 day trips, but nothing long. Yeah! Passages are not the highlight, it is the destinations that hold all the magic.
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, May 7, 2016
Winds are up today, 20-24, although other than it being a little bumpier, no one is worse for wear. We continue to see ships on the AIS and last night we had one a mile off our port. We are far beyond the point of no return, so again I feel comforted with the fact that in a worse case scenario our maritime brethren may be able to assist us. Maritime law requires a ship to divert course to help another vessel in distress. While I don't worry about our vessel, I do worry about our crew. So, while a big ship wouldn't be able to help us medically, if we had a very sick crew member, they could get into port 3 times as fast as us, which could obviously make a big difference in a life or death situation. You know me, always thinking happy thoughts. Anyway, I will be happy when we are on the other side of half way and can breath a little easier knowing with every mile we are getting closer, rather than further away.