While we sit at anchor at the atoll we are keeping an eye on the weather, consulting the weather charts daily to determine when we should move north. At the moment the northerns look to dissipate on the 11th or 12th. That appears to be our window, so unless things change in the next few days, we will enjoy our last moments in Polynesia, but slowly prep the boat for the 2200 nautical miles to Hawaii. That is the plan anyway, but as sailors say "a plan is written in sand at the high tide mark".
Enjoying our last few days in Polynesia has not been a problem. Today we hiked across the motu to the ocean side and at low tide waded in past the small breakers to the outer reef. The Geology of the Tuamotus is incredible. The motus are all surrounded by reef, but anywhere between 50 and 200 feet from shore the reef drops away dramatically. We swam suspended over an abyss thousands of feet deep. It was a bit eerie near the drop off, but the water clarity was fantastic and we estimated that we had about 150 visibility. In the shallows we had triggerfish, unicorn fish, and surgeon fish swim up to greet us, seemingly unafraid. We followed large Napoleon Wrasses through the large cavernous coral beds. Back above water level we hiked the reef checking out all the smaller reef dwellers. Giant clams with their iridescent, velvet like mantles, sea urchins that have made their homes in the small nooks and cranny's of the reef and encrusting coral that live in the inter tidal zone where waves continue to wash nutrient rich water over them even though they are partially exposed at the low tide. This is not the small bommies of the lagoon, this is a reef that surrounds each and every atoll, hundreds of miles of practically undisturbed reef. In a world where coral reefs are disappearing, the Tuamotus appear untouched. It is certainly refreshing to observe.
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