Successful Crossing and Arrival in Puerto Chiapas
08 January 2018 | Chiapas, Mexico
As we entered Puerto Chiapas, we passed a US Coast Guard cutter coming out of port! A wonderful sight for sure. Evidently the USCG has several ships that are assisting the Mexican Navy in reducing drug running. The crossing included 23 knot winds 'on the nose', waves from behind. We motor sailed, we sailed, and then we motor sailed into the first night. Winds were never down to the promised 2 knots. And no one told us about the counter currents that ran from 1-2 knots against us. In the second day things started settling down, but our attention was diverted by 5 commercial fishing boats that ultimately surrounded us. But Sue took charge, turned on the engine, dropped some sails, and sped away before they could net us. The last fourteen hours were motoring with flatter seas, staying close to shore to lessen any current. Finally one hour short of two full days, we pulled into Marina Chiapas to find several of our Panama Posse boats that we had been following. Names like Carinthia, Liquid, Respite, Avant, and Crossroads greeted us with a Potluck dinner the first night. Carinthia in particular was special for us, as we had shared time with them crossing the South Pacific in 2009. Deitmar and Suzanna are special people to be back with. All is good to be across the Tehuantepec, and safe in Chiapas.