Well our dreams of a May arrival have been scrapped, but we are close enough to the big island of Hawaii to start estimating when we will be there. We should be there by the second of June. The wind is consistent and it is only predicted to strengthen in the next few days.
There is absolutely nothing of interest to report today. Every morning is like Groundhog Day and nothing different really happens. We watch the antics of the several sea birds we see throughout the day, we follow flying fish with our eyes as they detour away from the boat and we star gaze in the late evenings. It is interesting to watch the constellations change course as we move further north. The big dipper is higher above the horizon, we still can't see the north star, but every night the southern cross dips a little further south. Once we reach the northern latitudes we won't see the friends we've come to count on for company during our night watches; the Scorpion and it's lovely mars like Antares, the Ship and its brightest star Canopus (second only to Sirius in brightness), The small separate galaxies from our own that we see as Magellanic Clouds, and the centaur and its two 1st order stars that are beacons in the night sky much like Orion is in the north. We've followed their movements across the southern skies for almost 6 months and it will be hard to say goodbye.
Position at 10am
N 10 37
W 146 05
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