I didn't think this day would ever come. It seems like we have been at sea for an eternity.
The lofty peaks of Hiva Oa came into view about 9 am after 2900 miles of seeing nothing but waves and clouds. Poseidon mocked our extremely slow crossing by throwing in 3 huge squalls on our last night at sea. Winds gusted 40 knots, rain poured down completely obliterating our vision and of course we had all our canvas flying. At that point we didn't care, rather than reef or take sail down we simply rocked and rolled all night, and watched our GPS speed top 12 knots as we surfed down breakers. If only we could have harnessed a little of that energy earlier on in the cruise! The last 24 hours was probably our fastest of the passage.
All that is in the past now, we are securely anchored back to the planet and the boat is remarkably still. As we passed the headland on Hiva Oa we could actually smell land. The rich soil, the fragrant flowers it was an assault on the olfactory senses. We sailed along the island and passed verdant spires, waterfalls, we saw feral goats graze and watched the antics of sea birds dive off the cliffs. You can't imagine how lovely it was simply to watch land.
We will spend the night on the hook and then venture into town tomorrow to do the obligatory check in. We've had a hard last few days and we are ready to hit our bunks for our first full night of sleep in almost a month. Ah, the simple things in life.
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