It is another leave your coffee mug on the counter day, meaning flat and slow. We are still creeping across the ocean, the Pacific Ocean mind you, which is freaking huge when you are moving at a snails pace. We were hoping to be almost half way there by day 10 and yet we still have 1800 miles to go. On the silver lining side of things I caught a nice yellow fin tuna yesterday on my night watch, our first since leaving the Galapagos. Mike got a fresh, cleaned fish for Valentines Day. Yup, I'm a fish slayer on my down time! Fresh fruit and vegetables are starting to go. We bought beautiful, organic produce in the Galapagos, but it sure doesn't last as long as the pesticide laced produce we can buy at the big supermarkets. In Panama a cab driver gave me the advice of skipping the local market and buying from the big box stores to provision for a long passage. The fruit taste far better in the local market, but it only last a few days. I did a little of both, but sure enough the pears, apples and melons I bought, from Chile, lasted 3 weeks and the local mango's and passion fruit from the market didn't make it past the Perlas Islands. I think I have one more watermelon hidden under a sail bag on the deck and then it will all be fruit from a can, frozen or dried. We will keep the scurvy at bay, but it will be boring.
Today we did another swim call. Mike cleared one of the deck drains that had backed up, did a bottom inspection and the kids and I played. We pulled one of the kayaks out, just to get a little alone time. It was a nice feeling to be more than 42 feet from another human for the first time in 10 days. Ana cannon balled off the the back deck, Zander did some deep diving, Porter helped Mike clear a few gooseneck barnacles from the bottom and we all got a little elbow room.
Anyway, we are hanging in there. We are watching the storms brew in the southern part of the Pacific, via grib files, breaking up the trades, giving us our light variable winds. Fingers crossed, tomorrow is expected to be better.
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