There is frustratingly little news coming from La Paz, Baja California, but the little I’ve received is disheartening. There’s lots of coverage about Cabo San Lucas, which you can see here.
La Paz is a major sailing center, with hundreds of cruising boats anchored off and moored in marinas at any given time. Apparently when Odile hit the wind was roughly out of the south, somewhat diminished from when it made landfall in Cabo, but with winds still around 100 MPH. On this map you’ll see La Paz, and just northwest of La Paz, across the bay, is a low-lying sand spit called El Mogote:
Apparently most of the boats at anchor dragged onto El Mogote. I have one friend who’s boat ended up on El Mogote and is most likely a total loss. He wasn’t aboard. Another friend stayed aboard (shiver me timbers), rode it out onto El Mogote, and her boat is fine: it just needs to be pulled off the beach.
All of the marinas are on the La Paz waterfront, so there theoretically wouldn’t have been any fetch to build up waves, but with winds strong enough to blow out windows and blow down power poles, there must be serious damage.
The best news, and the only photos I can find, are on our friends the Kaufman’s blog
If anyone has more information, please pass it on.
This article was syndicated from The Adventures of the Vessel Condesa