The Plan...of course it's written in the sand at low tide....

The Plan...of course it's written in the sand at low tide....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crossing "THE BAR"

Usually you like at least 15 to 20 knots of wind when you're making a passage because you can sail, which is a much nicer ride and you save fuel, we'll we had light breezes and flat, flat seas as we crossed the Tehuantepec and we were ecstatic! Sure beats the 50+ winds you can have there. We left Huatulco Saturday morning around 10:00 a.m. and arrived to the anchorage outside Bahia del Sol, El Salvador on Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. We got in line behind SV Lost Elvis, SV Equinox, and SV Inspiration and set the hook to wait for our turn to “CROSS THE BAR.” Alan was not nervous but Mac….that was another story. We were the last boat to cross and in one way it was great because we got to see how each boat before us went through and had the routine down pretty well by the time it was our turn. On the other hand, those of us who were already nervous had 4 times as long to stew about it (this doesn’t even count the 6 months prior to the event some of us thought about it!). Well due to Alan’s great steering ability, the great guides on our pilot panga boat, and Effie being a great boat we made it through with no mishaps (Mac didn’t even scream once!). Here’s a few pictures of SV Inspiration heading over just before us.

Once we got over the bar it was a smooth ride into the marina......what a beautiful place! We're very glad to be here and are very pleased with the accommodations.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Couple More Memories of Friends & Huatulco

It was really hard to say goodbye to Mexico and good friends but as we've learned in our 4 1/2 years of cruising so far, you never say goodbye, just see ya down the road and believe it or not, people show up in the craziest places.......and that's a great thing! Here's just a few pictures of friends and leaving Huatulco. Right: The gang at yet another great dinner!

Daryl & Rita SV Overheated

Alan, Mac, Linda, Kim SV Endeavour

Jerry & Sally SV Aquarius

Then it was time for us to leave, but we were headed the other direction......out of Mexico. It was kind of weird...Mexico has become to feel like home to us and although we were excited about new adventures, it felt like when we first left the US heading to Mexico.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Working our way from Huatulco to El Salvador

Left Huatulco on Saturday around 10:00 a.m. Have already crossed the middle of the Gulf of Tehuantepec and have light wind and flat seas. Will continue on to Bahia del Sol El Salvador and should arrive sometime on Weds. Alan caught a nice little Dorado yesterday so we had a good dinner last night. Mags is doing fine and loving being back out underway. She also loved the fresh pieces of Dorado!
The Crew of Effie
Alan, Mac and La Gata Maggie