Although I’ve been calling this a coastal route, I have been sailing about 100 miles offshore, and crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec, which this morning is behind me- about a day and a half ahead of any big winds and seas even started to develop. But now, I should be within 20 miles of the coast until I jump from near Puerto Vallarta over to Cabo San Lucas, and that is still some 600 miles from now.
Yesterday afternoon a nice SW wind filled in, allowing me to sail through most of the night and finish crossing the Gulf. I should note that on my paper Mexican chart, it says Tehehuantepec, like I used yesterday. But in my U.S. chart book, and on 3 different electronic charts, it says Tehuantepec. So I am going with the preponderance of evidence and using the slightly shorter Tehuantepec. I hope I don’t anger any Aztec or Mayan gods, but since it’s behind me, I probably won’t use it at all anymore.
There were plenty more turtles and dolphins yesterday, but I expect less of that near the shoreline. I will be watching the weather closely, and hoping for continued good luck and mild conditions as I work my way north and west up Mexico. It’s already been one week since I transited the Panama canal- how time does fly…
5/12 8am 15.16N 96.20W 6691nm gone, 2065nm to go