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
Monday, December 22, 2014
It is about 1 am, and I am alone, sailing on my watch while all of my family is asleep, snug in their bunks. There is no moon, and it is so dark you could sail over the end of the earth and not see it coming. I hate not having a moon on watch. The moon feels like company or an old friend, it feels like I am not alone out here, and it lessons the eebie jeebie coefficient for me by a factor of at least 10! I still don't like the dark; I envision a whale breaching right under us or hitting a submerged container, all of which could just as well happen in the light of day, Michael always assures me. Less likely, but equally terrifying, is the surfacing of a megladon shark, powering up from the dark abyss, swallowing our small boat in one mighty bite! Although unlikely, why couldn't there be a prehistoric monster lurking out there somewhere, hidden away from prying scientific eyes for thousands of years! Anyway, this is what happens when I have too much time to think! It is dark, as dark as well.....night! I'll try to focus on the stars, they are amazing and it almost seems like there is a whole layer of distant stars past the ones I normally stare at. They seem so close I could reach up and pluck on out of the sky. The bioluminescence is also spectacular tonight and the sights below the boat are similar to those overhead. The sea and sky are one tonight! Should be at Isabella by morning.