Not much to report, the winds are still eluding us, but we expected that for a few days. Our weather forecasts show that the trades are blowing at about 5-6 degrees S, a little further south than we had hoped. We've angled south a little in hopes of making more southerly progress. We sailed away from the Galapagos for about half a day and we sailed for a few hours last night, but mostly we are motoring on a flat sea with just some big period swells. There is obviously wind somewhere.
Yes, we would like to find the wind, but without it, it is easy cruising and not much different than life on the hook. It's been a nice way for the kids to get back into the groove of passage making. We are eating well, playing on deck, doing homework. Night shifts are a piece of cake because there aren't any sail configurations to change and the autopilot keeps the boat chugging along on course. Motoring isn't ideal, but we get endless power and fortunately without a tail wind we don't get any fumes back in the boat.
Can't complain too much, these are the doldrums.
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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