About now I wish I could send pictures over the high frequency radio. The anchorages in Los Roques are amazing. The water color is every shade of blue and we are currently anchored, out of the wind (finally), in a beautiful lagoon with white sand beaches and reef around us. Every view out our portholes looks like it could be a screen saver shot. Nothing like a little fear of civil war to keep the other cruisers away. Yesterday we visited the small town of Gran Roque, a very small village on the main island that caters to Venezuelan tourists, on a small scale. The town is sleepy, but we saw images of Hugo Chavez everywhere. The locals call the issues they are having on the mainland the "crisis". It is very sad, inflation is through the roof, there are shortages of everything and the need for essentials is causing a thriving black market business. Venezuela has the largest oil reserve outside of Saudi Arabia and yet they still can't figure out how to feed their people. Socialism at its very worst. I hope they get it together, but it doesn't look good.
On a lighter note, we are loving Los Roques and will have pictures to post when we get some wifi. It feels almost like paradise during the day and if we can keep the man eating mosquitos from carrying Ana away at night we will be happy!
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