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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 1st, Landfall.....sort of.

We are making our Hawaiian landfall in Kona, but before we get there we decided to make a small detour to see a lava flow that terminates in the sea on the east side of the island (Kona is on the west). Unfortunately, because of the strong winds we weren't able to hang around until the sunset and possibly and see the burning rock. We settled for seeing huge billowing clouds of steam, tracing a river of lava as it met the sea. The whole side of the island seemed to be a recent lava flow. It was a pretty awesome sight after so many days at sea.

We then sailed all night around the southern cape of Hawaii and we are currently motoring with blissfully glass like seas and absolutely no wind up the leeward side, 25 miles from Kona. It is lovely. We can move around the cabin freely and do many things we haven't done easily in several weeks. Of course that also means we have no excuse not to do some homework and some boat cleaning!

We expect to be in Kona in a few hours and we are HAPPY about that.


  1. Land ho, your trip sounded exciting. We enjoyed reading your posts from your crossing. Welcome to Kona, what a great spot. Thinking of you all, Elaine, Ramon and Maya . . . Todd too.
    Kids love slurpies.

  2. Congrats on the last crossing and making Hawaii. If you find yourself around Kihei on Maui let me know. I have a work acquaintance that has an Islander 36 at the "State Marina" and can let you tie your dinghy at his slip and get you a key to showers etc.