Well, the bruises from our Atlantic trip are finally fading and are just a slight yellow, so we are off again. This time, a short one! It is only 270 miles up the coast to British Guyana.
Dang it is hot here! Hotter than Hades hot! The thermometer only says about 85 today, but if there was any more humidity we would be swimming. From the moment we wake up we are hot and sweaty. Fortunately we have an endless supply of water and we can cool off and shower often. While the river water is clean, it isn't quite as enticing as ocean water. It is brown from Amazonian Basin runoff and you don't always know what is lurking below the surface, so I never go in and the kids go in less frequently than they would if we were sailing in crystal blue water.
We are currently sailing wing and wing west as we close the coast to Guyana. The conditions have been great and we even flew the spinnaker for most of the day yesterday. We are making great time with the help of a 2 knot current and we expect about an 8 knot average over the trip. We are arriving just before the change of tides and just before sunset, so we will anchor near the mouth of the Essequibo River for the night and then get up early to ride the tide up to Bartica, Guyana. We aren't sure how long the tide will help us, but navigating upriver, we will take any assistance we can for as long as we can.
We just heard English on the radio for the first time in months and I have to say it is a welcome sound. It is a little stressful traveling in French speaking countries and I'm happy to hear a familiar language. We get by, but there is so much you miss when you can't get into conversation with the locals.
In Bartica we are looking forward to some more jungle experiences. There are only about a dozen boats that go up the river each year, so there isn't much written about it from a sailors perspective, although it is a busy river and some big commericial boats navigate up it.
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