Amy and I met in Tahiti back in 1998 on an expedition ship traveling from Tahiti to Pitcairn and Easter Island. We were married in 2000 in San Francisco were I was living aboard my 34' sailboat. A month after getting married we set sail on a 2 year honeymoon cruise. We sailed down the coast to Mexico and Central America and then crossed to the Galapagos and Easter Island. We then sailed to the Chilean mainland and spent 11 months in Patagonia and ended up back in Panama. While coming up the coast of South America we found out that our first child was a stowaway onboard. After 18,500 miles of sailing we cut short the cruise and moved to Portland to have our first child.Fast forward to 2014 and we now have 3 kids. It is time to continue cruising again. The kids are now old enough to remember and benefit from seeing the world from the deck of a sailboat. They are at perfect ages to homeschool and expose them to foreign cultures.We purchased Pelagic, a 42' Hallberg Rassy ketch three years ago and completed an extensive refit. In early September we plan to cut the dock lines at PYC and point the bow South. We signed up for this years Baja HaHa and afterwards will continue to Panama and into the Caribbean. We will then sail up to Florida through the Yucatan channel. Once in Florida, we need to make a decision. Do we go North to Maine and Canada or do we cross the Atlantic? If the kids are enjoying the passages, we would like to cross to Bermuda and the Azores with landfall in Ireland. After cruising the UK, I would like to go back to Spain where I spent 21 years as a kid. The Atlantic coast of Spain has some wonderful anchorages and you can travel by river all the way to Seville.Next on the cruise would be a visit to Morocco and then back to the Caribbean and Panama. From Panama we then will need to get back to home in Oregon. Instead of slogging up the coast against prevailing wind and current, we plan to sail for the Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti and Hawaii. From Hawaii we will sail north until we reach the westerly winds which should blow us back to the Columbia river and PYC.It is an ambitious 2 year voyage. However, children grow up and fledge too quickly. If we don't do this trip now, then in the blink of an eye, it seems like they will be off to college and beyond. I'm very excited to have two solid years to show them the world and establish some formative memories. I hope they will come away from the voyage with an instilled sense of adventure and confidence.
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