About now I am trying to remember what I liked about cruising? What on earth would get me out here for 3 weeks, bobbing along in 42 feet of living space with my family? I can't say it has been an uncomfortable passage, it has been easy in terms of comfort, it is just a long time to be on a boat.
This is the longest the kids have been on a passage and we are creeping up on the longest passage Mike and I have done (19 days Easter Island to Chile is our longest ever).
Small things are an excitement. Last night we had an escort of dolphins follow the boat for about an hour. They surfed along side of us, pushed off the bow wave and did leaps out of the air. It was wonderful to have their company, we've had precious few wildlife sightings otherwise. If not for the few birds out here with us: leaving the Galapagos we saw Audubon Shearwaters, Wilson Storm Petrels are ever present, we've also seen a few of the occasional Red tailed Tropic Bird, and the odd Masked Booby. Nothing else besides us a lot of blue water.
The wind died back a little last night and stayed low through the day. We are currently running wing and wing with a preventer on the main and the head sail poled out. The winds are predicted to decrease for a few days, but instead we are seeing an increase, so we are hopeful. Today was a slow day, but we've had a few over 160 mile days in a row, so we are making progress.
852 miles to go, but who's counting?
S 08 36
W 124 28
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