Two days until we reach land, two more days up the river and then we will be home. 1 day shy of three years from the day we moved out of our house and on to the boat. Don't get me wrong, I am ecstatic about getting home and resuming our land based life, but it is definitely with great sadness that we close this chapter. From our blog, you don't have to read between the lines to realize that it wasn't always easy; we fought, the kids fought, the passages were hard (excruciatingly hard sometimes), living altogether in a small space for three years was less than ideal at times, the home schooling was often frustrating....we definitely had our difficulties. That said, even with those hurdles in place, it was still the time of our lives. A time we will never regret having spent with our kids. Ana won't remember all of it of course, but when she forgets an event, for example jumping overboard in the middle of the ocean, I hope she has tucked in deeply the sense of freedom, the sense of adventure and the thrill her face showed the first time she did it. I hope when, at a future time, the boys are presented with a less than favorable temptation, the responsibilities they had while sailing will give them pause enough to say "I do not need to prove myself here." There is no substitute, no replacement feeling for the thrill of spearing your first fish, having a shark bluff charge you or the excitement of making a landfall after many, many, many days at sea. I hope they remember that some things are worth being patient and waiting for. I hope the challenges Zander, Porter and Ana faced in Spain ready them for tough social challenges in the future. I hope the languages they were exposed to will give them more desire to learn new languages. I hope the landmarks they explored will help them remember and appreciate historical events. I hope the people they met, the cultures they were welcomed into and the friendships they were shown will remind them that people are precious regardless of their country of origin or the lifestyle they have chosen. I also hope, when they inherit this planet, they will forever remember the beauty, the complexity and the amazingness that is our home, along with our 7 billion neighbors, and work hard to protect it.
OK, some random musings. We aren't actually there yet, so technically we are still "living the dream." If the dream means fighting weather patterns in the North Pacific, being perpetually cold and having not slept more than 4 hours in a row in almost 3 weeks, then yes, we are living the dream! Although I shouldn't really complain. This passage could have been much, much worse. We did have a couple of rough days, but if you disregard the cold and fog and those few days, the majority of it has been pretty pleasant. It certainly helps that there are only three of us. There is a sailboat, a couple on a 46 foot Halberg Rassy, that charge big bucks to have prospective cruisers do passages with them where they show them the ropes. A future cruiser is exposed to the hardships that make up passage making so they are ready for their own passages. I've often thought, I could charge a mint renting my kids out on passages. If you cross an ocean, or even part of an ocean with our kids or probably any kids onboard, and then you remove them from the equation...the rest of your passages will forever feel like a piece of cake. Storms and pirates got nothing on three kids trying to coexist in 42 feet of space!
Enough for now, we are almost there! At the moment all is well aboard Pelagic.
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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