With night fall came winds gusting to thirty and confused seas so we called a halt to our night passage and ducked into Corinto, Nicaragua’s principal Pacific Ocean commercial port. Although we no longer needed to worry about the mines that the U.S. had placed in the harbor during Nicaragua’s civil war, large container ships anchored outside the harbor created adrenaline raising conditions as Captain Lal, with her crew’s help, white-knuckled our way into the harbor entrance. Once passed the port, the estuary opened up into a calm and stunning anchorage. Corinto is geared to large and heavy vessels and we enjoyed our status as one of just a handful of sailboats in the harbor.
We enjoyed sharing the waterfront with large container ships. At night, Lal and Nancy, our crew for Central America, quizzed each other on the ships’ lighting displays which convey important information to other vessels.
Around the corner from the container ships, the fishing fleet waits out the high winds that brought us to his harbor. Look closely and you will see Elizabeth Jean photo bombing the picture.
Volcan San Cristobal dominates the view as late afternoon sun lights up Elizabeth Jean.
These three wheeled bicycle cabs dictate Corinto’s pace, quite relaxed for an important port town.
This display celebrates the thirty fifth anniversary of the Sandinista’s victory. Daniel Ortega, reelected as President in 2007 is pictured in the upper right hand corner of the bulletin board.