If leaving Mexico tugged at our hearts, entering El Salvador got the adrenaline pumping again. Bahia Jaltepeque, our port of entry, is guarded by a sand bar, which can only be entered at high tide with the help of a local pilot. We arrived outside the sand bar in early afternoon. The next high tide was after sunset, too late to safely enter. With late afternoon thermals building the seas we sailed offshore for an hour waiting for calmer conditions. The next morning we arose before sunrise to ready Elizabeth Jean for her rendezvous with Rogelio, the pilot provided by Bahia del Sol, and Bill, organizer of the El Salvador’s Cruisers Rally.
Marck Santee, out for a sunset beach walk, shot this picture of Elizabeth Jean anchored beyond the surf break. We met Marck the next day after crossing the bar.
Thirteen hours later, Elizabeth Jean catches a wave to begin her entry. Photo credit El Salvador Cruisers Rally.
Photo credit El Salvador Cruisers rally.
Oh, baby! Oh, baby! Photo credit: El Salvador Cruisers Rally.
Our depth gauge showed 10 feet of water under our keel. Photo credit: El Salvador Cruisers’ Rally
Eric, Nancy Israel, and Captain Lal. Happy to be in El Salvador.
A short time later, Bill one of the Rally organizers walked us around to help us check in with immigration and then gave us a tour of the estuary. While we were too early to formally be part of the rally, Bill and Jean treated us as if we were Rally members. For more information about the rally see the following link: