Sailing into 2020
02 January 2020 | Huatulco, Mexico
Torben | Sunny and nice
Computer program showing the Tehuantepec the next day after our crossing - the grey areas indicate winds over 50 knots.
Some people celebrate New Years with a lot of tradition, same place and same people for decades if you are Dane. Well, not us, here is a list of the last 9 years.
La Cruz, Mexico 2011
Havana, Cuba 2012
Jost van Dyke, British Virgins 2013
Great Camanoe, Britiish Virgins 2014
Richmond Yacht Club, CA 2015
Calistoga, CA 2016
Inverness, CA 2017
Christianstad, USVI 2018
St. Johns, USVI 2019
Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico 2020
The one that really sticks out is the last one, Tehuantepec 2020. This Bay is 250 Nautical Miles across and one most gale ridden bodies of water on the west coast. The month of January historically has 19 days of gales for the month. We had to get across at some point to go North, and New Years eve provided a window with only 10 – 15 knots of breeze, so off we went the afternoon on December 31 for a nice New Years Eve. I actually did not say happy New Years to Judy at midnight as she was snoozing between watches. I toasted her in imaginary Champagne, though.
We had an uneventful and fast crossing of 36 hours, only interrupted by a couple of moments a minor drama. At 2 in the morning the bilge alarm went off and the automatic bilge pump started up-not a happy moment! We quickly tore through the boat to see where water was coming in and identified a good size leak in the water maker area. After shutting down water making operations and closing the truhull we could pump the water out and continue (upon inspection in daylight it turned out to be a cracked filter housing). The second moment of some anxiety happened the next morning a 2 AM finding our way into an anchorage in Huatulco. Both the chart plotter and computer Nav Program was showing a position that just did not make sense, so in the moonless night we felt our way in using Navionics Nav on my cel phone. When we finally anchored in 30 feet of water a few hundred yards from the beach our two principal nav instruments showed us about 3oo feet inland!
Happy New Year!