En-route to the Galapagos we decided to stop at the Perlas Islands off the coast of Panama for a few days of exploration before we make the first big jump offshore. The Perlas are beautiful Islands, but they are only 50 miles from Panama City and we were anxious to get moving so we didn't plan a long stay. Once the boat is loaded and prepped to go, we find ourselves itching to make some miles, even if it means missing some lovely stops on the way. As a compromise, we decided to leave Panama City and wait out the weather in the Perlas. Waiting out weather meant three days of swimming, freediving and beach combing. We caught a huge Sierra on the way out, so we had fish for three meals in a row before we threw the rest in the freezer. We got a stash of passion fruit from a local we met on shore, but otherwise we didn't see anyone. On our way to the islands, on a Sunday afternoon, we passed a dozen big fishing boats and huge mega yachts heading back to the city after a weekend visit, but mid week the islands seemed to be empty.
I think after a few days of weather watching, relaxing and getting some good sleep, we are ready to start our epic Pacific trek and our long slog home (hopefully not a slog, hopefully we will have some fantastic sailing). For the first leg to the Galapagos we expect to motor our first day out, but the models show that the winds should eventually fill in, at least for a few days. After that, it looks like more light variable winds. We could wait out perfect weather, and sailors with more time than us would probably take that option, but we have enough diesel to motor, so we are choosing to get out there and see what we get. At a minimum we don't see any heavy contrary winds or bad weather coming our way. We are currently at about 8 degrees North and the Galapagos straddle the equator so we will be crossing the ITCZ (inter tropical convergence zone), which is usually an area of low winds between where the trades blow in the northern and southern hemispheres, so motoring in not uncommon. We expect it to take about a week to get to the Galapagos. We will be hitting the spot as we travel, so hopefully that will update with our track on our blog.
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