Why boats don’t go south until the end of October…Hurricane Jimena
27 September 2009 | San Diego
Some of you were wondering why we were spending so much time in San Diego before heading south, here is just one of the many reasons. Hurricane season.
I am sure that news of Hurricane Jimena hit the papers for a very brief period before the media lost interest in it as the popular resorts at Los Cabos and La Paz reported no serious damage. However, Jimena devastated four communities near Magdalena Bay (one of our stops on the Ha Ha route next month) and then headed north. The initial internet reports said the fishing village of Isla Magdalena in Man of War Cove no longer existed, but that still needs to be verified. It has been estimated that over 35,000 people were displaced or made homeless, many in the smaller outlying communities, and thousands affected in central Baja California Sur (which we are headed to en route to Cabo).
I am waiting to hear if there will be an organized relief effort made on behalf of the Ha Ha committee as it is common for the boating/sailing community to deliver supplies and aid to the villages they visit.
A reflection. It is interesting to note that once you are in a safe, sheltered harbor, that the daily weather reports that were so vital on the passage down, are hardly listened to anymore...it makes me realize that when you are out on the ocean, you are really worlds apart from those on land in many ways - weather just being one of them.