Salina Cruz is the mid point of the shoreline of the Bay of Tehuantepec. A saddle or low area created in the Continental Divide seperating the Gulf of Mexico
and the Pacific Ocean
channels winds through this area. Gale force winds blow offshore
an average of 135 days a year and collide with the long ocean swells of the Pacific Ocean
creating enormus swells..
In May of 2001, I was in a group of boats that waited for a week for a four day weather window from SSB
weather forcasting before we made our dash south. We motor
sailed about a half mile from shore and the seas were so flat that we "cut the cornor" and went further offshore
. I was ten miles offshore before the ten to twelve foot building seas forced me to head
toward shore to find calmer waters
Treat this short passage with extreme respect!