We are officially half way to Hawaii and actually pointing in the direction of the islands. Finally, after taking a northerly heading for so long. We've just gotten into the trades and we can now start making westward progress towards Kona. We are hoping with the consistent trades we can make up a little ground and this will be a faster half than the first half of the trip.
As a celebration of our progress we slowed the boat down, hove to for a few hours, and had a lovely swim call. The kids dove under the keel and swam all around the boat while I didn't get more than about 5 feet away, all the while holding on with a death grip to the rope we trailed behind. Yeah, I'm not brave in the open ocean, 1000 miles from the nearest land. Pretty sad when your 7 year old is prodding you along saying "Mom, there is nothing to be afraid of out here."
Anyway, things are good, we expect a few more comfortable days and then a few lumpy ones at the end. Winds build on the 29th, but all in the right direction. No complains on board.
975 miles to Kona
N 07 37
W 143 12
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