We have found some south winds and we've been sailing most of the last 36 hours, but it has been slow going. We are only averaging about 4 knots. It is a little frustrating to be going so slow, but we want to conserve fuel in case we need it later. Normally on passages, we set the sails and barely have to touch them. This time Mike is tweaking and adjusting all the time trying to squeeze every quarter knot out of the sails.
Late in the evening the wind clocked around to the east a little and we were able to hoist the spinnaker and take advantage of the light winds. It looks beautiful up, but we are still moving pretty slow. When you only have 7 knots of wind, you can't complain too much about moving at 4 knots I guess. The night watch was so quiet we could hear whales around the boat. We could hear them exhale and then see a plume of spray. As the moon made its appearance out from behind a cloud we could just see the whales surfacing about a boat length away. When the wind is blowing strong and the seas are up, you don't experiences magic like that.
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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