After crossing the bar coming out of Bahia del Sol we set our course almost due west for
Chiapas. It was about when we crossed the bar, so we had a full day of mostly motoring
until nightfall. It was quite pleasant
with calm seas and just a light breeze.
All of that came to a halt when at about
the rain and lightning started with a vengeance. The rain was literally hammering down at a
rate I would estimate at several inches or more per hour. There was lightning all around. The wind came up to about 20 knots or so, but
we continued motoring as the wind was the result of the squalls and was up and
down and coming from various directions as the system moved over us. It continued like that until about when the rain suddenly came to a stop.
Day 2 was much different. It was a wonderful day with cooler temperatures and a 10 – 12 knot breeze off the beam. We sailed most of the day making 5 knots or more. About mid afternoon we calculated the remaining distance and our current speed and realized that unless we changed it up, we would arrive in
in the middle of the night. We had to
slow it up. The solution was to fall off
and tack out to sea for several hours and then back toward shore for several
hours. Our forward progress toward Chiapas
was reduced to about 2 knots, but we were sailing at about 6 knots and having a
great time. Later that night when the
wind died, we simply killed the motor and drifted for an hour or so until we
had daylight and enough visibility to enter the harbor.
We made our way into the harbor and secured Talos IV to the docks. Almost immediately the Navy and the Port Captain arrived to check us in and inspect the boat. They had a dog with them, but we told them that they couldn’t bring the dog on board because of the furry crew. They had no issues with that. We offered coffee and cokes to them and their staff and all was good. With the inspection and check in process completed we had officially arrived back in
|The bar crossing leaving Bahia del Sol was a bit more|
exciting than when we came in.
|Talos IV rode up and over each wave and then|
surfed back down on the back side.