We've been plagued by light winds since we started this passage and the trades continue to elude us. We've been running with the spinnaker and at the moment we are moving over 6 knots in 11 knots of wind, and we will take it for as long as it lasts. Unfortunately the forecast shows it falling apart behind us and in front of us, so we are crossing our fingers the forecasts are not perfectly accurate. We've never had such a slow passage, so it is still frustrating, but life on board is pleasant. Yesterday the kids got the bosun's chair out and swung on the halyard between the boat and the spinnaker clew, dragging their feet in the water as the boat rolled. No fish on the lines, but we still have yellow fin in the freezer, so I'm not complaining.
We keep to our small routines on board to keep us occupied. The boys have a checklist of things they have to do everyday, including a little light boat schooling, spending quality time with their sister (complain, complain) and some chores. The big task for us all is keeping the 6 year old entertained. Some days she is great and will entertain herself for hours, some days she's "bored to death" and we have to play her games, which usually require some type of role playing or craft. The boys moan about it, but they are usually good sports. Chocolate is a rare commodity out here and its amazing what they will do for it.
Hanging in there with 2300 miles to go.
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