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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bahia Salina Cruz

We got underway yesterday (Tuesday) at 4:00 PM as planned and had to motor all night once the sun went down. Had kind of a bouncy night but nothing terrible. Salina Cruz came up on the radar at sunrise, just as planned, and we had time to get the staysail up before we were out of the lee of the headland and it got too windy. It was nice sailing (no worse than going through the "slot" on SF Bay on a summer afternoon), but then continued to build to 35 knots. Since he was already soaked by salt spray from a wave that broke on the windward side and flew across the stern, John went up to the mast to put the second reef in the main sail. We are making good headway and appear to be through the worst of it at this point. We are also maintaining our head start over Fortuitous (Ralph and Cheryl) and Zephyrus (Dan and Lorraine), who are traveling with us!

Linda and John

{GMST}16|10.662|N|094|38.381|W|March 2008|Golfo de Tehuantepec{GEND}