Bahia Tehuantepec, a 250 mile crossing between Huatulco and Puerto Chiapas Mexico has been on our mind for almost a year. Last spring as we moved south from Banderas Bay to Ixtapa, we knew that the next steps south would soon bring us to the Tehuantepec. What we read and heard from others gave us pause. Gale force winds, known as Tehuantepecers, or T-pecers. High seas. Worsening conditions further from land as the wind waves built over a longer fetch. Maybe we could return to Banderas Bay for the summer, we thought, enjoy Mexico a bit longer and hit the Tehuantepec early in 2015. Hurricane season, rain and humidity also entered our calculation. So, we declared victory on season 1, stored Elizabeth Jean for the summer. But we continued to think about the Tehuantepec and searched the accounts for keys to a successful crossing.
The Tehuantepecers howl down from the Gulf of Mexico, across the narrow isthmus (a runner up in the search for a canal route) that separates the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
The Sierra Madres funnel the winds from the Gulf through Chivela Pass and blast them into the Gulf of Tehuantepec.
Winds in the Gulf of Mexico fire up Bahia Tehuantepec. The winds fan out into the Pacific after crossing the isthmus.