We are definitely in the trades now. The wind is strong, consistently over 20 knots and the seas are big. We are cruising along at over a 7 knot average, which is pretty fast for us considering we don't have a current assist. The boat is holding up well, it will be the humans on board that will tire out and require a slow down if this continues. The winds and seas are on the beam, which makes it fast, but also very bumpy. We have a little less than 600 miles to go and the GPS reports we will be there in 3 days. We want to get there, but we also want to be able to sleep at some point in those three days.
Otherwise, life is much the same as it has been for the last 12 days. We haven't pulled in any fish since we left Nuka Hiva. Something took our last cedar plug lures a few days out of the Marquesas, which were our lucky lures, and we are hoping the fishing is good enough near Hawaii that the fish will try our "lesser" lures. The mid ocean fish aren't liking them. The excitement of line fishing has lost its appeal for Zander since he mastered spear fishing. He's a teenager though, he sleeps all the time and amazingly can sleep through the motion of the ocean as it currently is. Porter is in the midst of a good book series and only comes up for air when he needs to sit and tell us every detail about the book. Ana is very content and extremely creative aboard. She builds (paper radios, cardboard cars, anything and everything) all she needs for a particular imaginative play set up. She's our little McGiver. She's constantly singing and fluttering around the cabin as if she is completely oblivious to the fact that we live in a washing machine. She is definitely the best sailor aboard and while we love that she loves the boat, we often feel guilty that we can't match her enthusiam for whatever project she is working on. Yesterday the TV died. We don't use it a lot, but it is a nice break for the kids to watch a disc movie together or an episode of one of the many series we purchased before the trip. After three years of use, we can't complain about the convenience of when it decided to kick the bucket. Maybe it was the wave it took on the Marquesan crossing, or simply the life span of electronics in a very humid, marine environment.
We are gaining a tremendous amount of daylight each day. My best guess is about 7 minutes a day. Daylight doesn't change much at low latitudes with the change of the seasons, but the little bit it does change combined with the latitude gain we make daily makes a noticeable difference in our daylight hours. Since we have very little moon, the extra daylight is appreciated.
position at 9am
N 12 30
W 147 58
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