Staging for crossing the Mighty Bahia de Tehuantepec
01 January 2018 | Huatulco, Mexico
January 1st, 2018 we arrived at the Marina in Huatulco, the town known for staging boats to cross the Tehuantepec. Almost unexpected, winds up to 50 knots will whistle through the mountains on the isthmus in Mexico, and out on to the Pacific Ocean. Unsuspecting boats would find themselves in heavy seas, running for their lives. But forecasters can predict the high winds based on fronts that are crossing the mainland of the USA. So these winds come fiercely, and die quietly. Boats decide on staying terribly close to shore (60' depth line) so that there is no fetch, meaning the seas don't have space to build up by the time they reach your boat. A list of waypoints is provided. Some boats make a straight shot to cross the Bay, but this only saves 20 miles of distance. In the meantime we will re-fuel, check out the engine, change the oil, check the tranny ATF level, and be ready for the right weather. How is your first week of the new year shaping up? Cheers!