September 18, 2014
I just took a 4 day trip down the coast of Oregon to California. I went with my Mom, my Dad and my uncle. We left the Columbia River bar at slack tide so the most dangerous bar in the United States would be less dangerous. As soon as you leave the bar you immediately feel a difference. The wind is stronger and there are more swells and waves. You have to hold on all the time because if you don't you will get slammed into something. When we were out there we saw lots of animals. We saw about 20 whales, 3 of them were breaching out of the water. We also saw harbor porpoises and seals. We saw sea lions, lots of birds and jelly fish. We saw a small shark and lots of sunfish. My favorite was the killer whales. They were only 30 feet away and they were amazing.
It was a good experience. We saw lots of animals and I can't wait until the next one.
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