||Jeri on Cloud Nine took
this photo while crossing the bar into Bahia del Sol.
Colette and Murray, veteran cruisers,
were in a dinghy, talking boats over the bar. The drill is you
point your bow into the surf, and do what Colette tells you: Go
as fast as you can.
Even with someone talking us through
it, it was scary as hell. It just feels wrong, to point a sailboat
into breaking swells.
|When Soul Catcher went over
the bar, she caught a breaking wave over her stern, and exploded the
inflatable, which was stored on the dinghy davits. We still
haven't been able to replace our inflatable.
It looks pretty calm once you get
||The cruising fleet at Bahia
del Sol. Many of our friends are here, including Ace, Amorita,
Chipita, Cloud Nine, Crusader, In The Mood, Nueva Vida,
Peregrinanta, Raven, Sera.
Please note Luc's careful alphabetical
|Our friends Dick and Pat on
Crusader blew out their
mainsail crossing the Tehuantepec. This mainsail is a scary sight,
even in a flat calm anchorage. It made my heart beat faster just
looking at it. Imagine the wind it would take to do this kind of
damage to a mainsail.
||This is the fuel dock and
the main restaurant at Bahia del Sol. There is a hotel also.
Bahia del Sol is very cruiser-friendly. It is a short bus ride
to a pretty good grocery store, a slightly longer drive to an internet
cafe in a garage (complete with chickens wandering around under your
The great grocery stores are an hour
away, in Zacatecaluca (it took a few days to learn to say Zaca-teca-luca)
|There's a great show every
day in a cruising fleet. This show is about Odessa trying to
hose off her spinnaker. The spinnaker got away somehow, and five
or six dinghies hit the water to the rescue. It was great fun to
watch. We weren't close enough to take good photos, but we were
||This is the lovely and
graceful Peregrinata, going out to cross the bar. Her owners,
Sonja, Scott, Alexandra and Katrina, are experienced
cruisers from British Columbia