This passage is different from our other passages in that we are checking into two radio nets while we sail north. On previous passages we'd occasionally check into one of the ham nets, but not regularly and they certainly weren't keeping tabs on us, it was simply a diversion for us from the normal tedium of sea. This time we check into the Polynesian Magellan net in the morning. This is an informal net including anyone traveling within Polynesia. We've met several of the boats and have been talking to others on and off for the past three months, so we feel like we know them as well. They ask us about our fishing, the kids and we hear news of their travels and it makes us feel a little closer to civilization. The second net is an official Ham net, Pacific Seafarers net, and only ham licenses can participate. This one keeps tabs on us, posts our position daily on their website and if we fail to check in, they would do some investigating into whether we were actually in trouble or not. On several occasions, while we were in the islands, we heard boats on the poly mag net asking about a particular boat that may have neglected to check in and the Seafarers net wanted to make sure they made land fall. Often another boat has seen the particular boat in a bay and they simply forgot to check in. In an extreme case, say if you turned on your EPIRB, they would work with the coast guard in trying to help you. They have your course, your wind and sea state conditions and know if you were having any prior problems at all. In any case its kind of nice to know someone is looking out for us.
Otherwise we are all well. We may have just poked our nose into the doldrums as the wind seems to be dying. We are at almost 6 degrees north, so we thought we may have been lucky enough to miss it, but alas I think those infamously calm conditions have just found us. It isn't so bad. We will motor a little, get our batteries nice and charged up and then hopefully the winds will fill in soon.
N 05 37
W 142 20
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