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This email is from our friends in La Paz that asked we pass this info on:

HURRICANE ODILE -- TRIED HIS BEST, WE SURVIVED!

PLEASE, let everyone know that WE are ok. Our boat is secure, although our neighbor's boat broke loose and spent 8 hours banging against outs, rubbing one side through to the fiberglass, bashing the other side against our dock leaving another 6' long rub-through, and bashed our bar-b-q to death, in little bits. The house we are 'sitting' withstood quite well, although an empty mop-bucket filled to the TOP with rain-water, 5 gallons, which tells you about the amount of rain received!

Around town, at least 500 power poles are down, transformers popped so many and so quickly that it looked like a Fireworks Show! The town is without electricity, but landlines seem to be partly-operational, on/off/ on again, and ALL cellphone service is out for possibly up to a month, due to multiple breaks in the fiber-optics cable. One. CABLE. We did hear a report that parts of the City of La Paz had winds of up to 125MPH!! NO WONDER all the trees have been trimmed or taken down completely! Metal poles, streetlight poles, etc, have been bent over like matchsticks!

One marina 'carport' blew over the cars under it, blew into the road, and like the ice-skating 'whip', FLUNG the support-posts with their cement-pot/foundation 100' or better, with one pole going through a car's rear window and flopping the cement pot against the rear quarter-panel! Things like that are visuals of how lucky we all have been, as that could have skewered a person to a wall without slowing down!

The normal military presence is gone, with reports being that police officers are off work, in civvies, participating in the looting in locations other than La Paz. Gasoline will be in short supply, although some stations are open the lines are long, with most people filling jerry-jugs for generators.

The HUGE palm-tree across the street is laying IN the street, with its crown smoldering like a smudge-pot. Many, many, many palms are down around town, and people are taking turns holding lines UP so that cars may pass underneath. People are clearing streets on their own, and moving obstacles to road-sides. The beer companies lost many, probably 1,000, big boxy signs, 6'x6'x18"deep, most of which are 'grounded'.

The air is cooler, the breezes are only 15k, so it's not horrible but it is a MESS.

The absolute worst part is that the Boaters have lost members, a young English couple and an older German man and his dog are still missing, although their boats were found, sunk, along the mangroves of the Magote, they have not been found, so we are all praying for a miracle. The Mexican Navy dived all sunken boats looking for bodies, but can't participate in any salvage operations.

We have heard that at least one of our friends, Bill of s/v Cloud IX, has lost his boat but HE is ok, vessel sank, in Loreto, along with another friend, Phyllis & Gary of s/v Apolima, in Escondido, whose boat is damaged and the entire marina was destroyed. We have sent a Welfare Request concerning our friend Jesse of s/v Frances Lee, who was in or near Loreto, and we're certain that he was well-prepared since Loreto took such a big hit last time with Hurricane Jimena.

Please pray for peace in the Baja, we hear there is looting in both cities on the tip of Baja, at Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

The people here need water and basic foods, although most roads, we hear, are impassable. People in La Paz are taking care of each other, to the best of our knowledge, and a smile and a wave is still normal.

The La Paz airport is flying planes but only to the mainland, and military planes are flying as well. The electrical crews have been hard at work since 8am on Monday.
The airport at Cabo has been totally decimated and will be out of business for an unknown period of time.

This may be my only chance to get an email OUT, so I'm trying to hurry! Landlines also seem to come and go, but better than cells. We can only get out using a generator, and ours died, so we have borrowed one for another 45 minutes to just cool the fridge and power up the lappys.

PLEASE, pray that we find the young couple, and that somehow they are safe. A body of one of our friends was found today, so we are all devastated. Will let you all know about any arrangements, etc. k?


Remember, NO NEWS is GOOD NEWS, so if you haven't heard from 'your people', things must be ok!

SHARE the good news, so people know that La Paz is safe, with Hurricane Polo expected to miss us by a mile!

Internet will be "IFFY", power may be restored within 4-10 days, water has been turned off to protect 'tanakas' (rooftop storage tanks) from polluted city water, and roads are non-existent but passable with 4-wheel-drive. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and City Club are open and selling food and water, and accepting credit cards. ALL BANKS are closed, and money will be another commodity that's unavailable for up to 30 days.
Send prayers! Everything else, we've got covered!
BIG HUGS,
Bobi & Bill Holbrook
S/V Wandering Puffin
 

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JUST GOT THIS INFO........................

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Some brighter news about the situation in Cabo!!!
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Pepita Nelson‎Talk Baja

From group: HEART FOR CABO
IMPORTANT ANNOUMNCEMENT!!!!

I just off the phone with a good Mexican friend Jay Vazquez that is at ground zero. He has been spending a lot of time on the streets of Cabo. We spoke for an hour and this is what he told me. Very good news. Also my girlfriend spoke to her aunt that lives by Soriana in San Lucas who confirmed this information is true.

1) The stories of gangs driving the streets with machetes and guns is highly exagerated. He said he has heard of some isolated incidents of a few home robberies and that was it. He said that the streets have been peaceful. No riots or fires. He has not seen one vehicle driving around with gangs in it. He told me that some of the Mexicans out of fear have spread exaggerated stories of multiple home break in's which in turn the gringos heard which in turn made the gringos scared to death leading them to barracade their neighborhoods especially when they see other people doing it. Yes some homes have been brokren into. It's caused a wide spread panic out of fear of danger that doesn't even exist. My friend has been moving freely around San Lucas and San Jose each day and has not seen any violence or gangs. That doesn't go to say that he is seeing everything so if you have actual 'facts' of anything else and are confident of the information please report it but only if you know it's not gossip created out of fear.

2) 14 prisoners broke out of jail but they did not start gangs. They simple broke out and are no where to be found but they are not running gangs.

3) The looting at Costco went like this. Costco told their employees and families that they could go in and take the necessities they need with military patrol overseeing the area. When other locals saw this they felt that they should be able to join in and proceeded to get what they wanted which caused it to be disorderly but not violent. The military could not really stop them without shooting so they let people take things and even things that they really didn't need like tvs. However it was not a forced violent entry and started off with the permission of Costco. This has been the case with some other businesses as well. It's not to discredit the fact that some stores have actually been broken and looted in Los Cabos.

4) He said the basic needs are water and food. So we must continue to raise funds to donate to legitimate organizations that will deliver them asap!

5) He is seeing CFE starting to put up temporary power and phone lines. Some areas he is being told will have electricity in 3-4 days but not all areas

6) He is seeing more and more military come in steadily and restoring order

7) He said the government is doing a great job in making things happen very quickly

8) Roads between San Jose and San Lucas are clear and safe to travel

9) He said he is feeling peace where ever he goes and no sense of fear

I think it's important we spread this news while still telling our friends and families there to be alert in protecting their areas as there will still be those that will steal and take advantage of the situation.

Help is on the way and people will be fed and have water. Continue to pray because the prayers are working and continue to pray for this next hurricane to go west as it seems to be headed that way more and more very second.

Please forgive me if I posted anything different yesterday as I was being giving information from people on the ground in San Lucas that were feeding off the fear of others who may have actually experience a isolated event in the area.

I think we can find a lot of peace in todays information as we continue to pray and believe with confidence that everyone will be OK and taken care of. Let's focus our energy, efforts and thoughts on building support for supplies so that we can get them there as soon as Baja roads clear. Remember "fear is faith contaminated". I need to practice what I preach!

Godspeed!

PLEASE REPOST EVERYWHERE!!!!!

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I also got BAD news last night about 8 PM direct from La Paz.....

The sad news is that Gunther was found inside his boat, Princess. His last transmission was in the very early morning during the height of the hurricane when he stated that he was adrift from his mooring ball and unable to deploy his anchor after being hit by another boat. His prop was fouled so he was not able to move his boat. He said that he was up to his knees in water inside the boat and was very tired from bailing. He was thinking of leaving Princess to try to swim to shore. Shelly has been in contact via telephone with Gunther’s son. It was just announced that the autopsy shows that Gunther died of a heart attack and not of drowning.
 

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After seeing what being in the warm latitudes can involve, man, it so much easier here to deal with the weather by simply throwing another log on the fire.
An argument van be made here for every cruising boat to have a line cutter on the prop.
Nothing takes the stress out of a storm like foam earplugs. Every cruising boat should carry lots of them.
 
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Greg, first off, my condolences to you and Jill for the loss of your old friend Gunther, he sounds like one who was loved by many...

Ironies certainly abound with this storm, the fact that boats in marinas appeared to have fared best, for one...

Looking at the pics, however, one can't help but be struck by the number of furling headsails left in place...











Doesn't anyone strike sails and other canvas in prep for a hurricane, any more? I have serious doubts whether my boat would have come thru Sandy, if I hadn't stripped her of pretty much everything I could, as I was pretty much at Ground Zero when that storm made landfall...

Very sadly, perhaps the cruelest irony of all, is that one of the few boats I've seen that did not appear to have left a furling headsail in place, was the TABASCO II, from which the young German couple have gone missing...




Thinking good thoughts for the survivors, as always with an event of this proportion, many things easily might have gone much worse...
 

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First I am very sad for those that lost boats and are missing.

After hurricanes Katrina and Wilma I spoke with BoatUS's Insurance hurricane expert and he told me that the number one correlation between hurricanes and boat damage is failure to remove the sails.

In 100+ knot winds the windage of a furled jib and main equals your entire sail plan in 15 knots! and once the jib breaks loose your boat is proverbial toast.

It is really not that much work to strike the sails!

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After seeing what being in the warm latitudes can involve, man, it so much easier here to deal with the weather by simply throwing another log on the fire.
An argument van be made here for every cruising boat to have a line cutter on the prop.
Nothing takes the stress out of a storm like foam earplugs. Every cruising boat should carry lots of them.
Sounds like you've been through a blow or two. Yep, the noise can be extremely unnerving once the wind gets in the 80's or more. Good suggestion; foam ear plugs.
 

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Greg, first off, my condolences to you and Jill for the loss of your old friend Gunther, he sounds like one who was loved by many...

Ironies certainly abound with this storm, the fact that boats in marinas appeared to have fared best, for one...

Looking at the pics, however, one can't help but be struck by the number of furling headsails left in place...

..........SNIP........

Thinking good thoughts for the survivors, as always with an event of this proportion, many things easily might have gone much worse...
John,

I FULLY AGREE!!! It seems like that lesson has to be taught over and over again!

I posted a Youtube video of hurricane Marty with massive damage to Marina de La Paz;

Looking at the video you can see a LOT of head sails on, and that was a MAJOR contributor to the problem. You can also see that using your engine to move in the marina area was not possible without fowling the intake! DON'T count on that motor. We watched the video before hurricane John as part of our prep.

Jill and I were there for hurricane John. I took before AND after video and posted it to Youtube;

We ALL, EVERY ONE THERE, made sure NO head sails / sails or junk at ALL was left on. I even had a bout with the boat down the dock from me. I had to explain to the owner that if he did not clear his decks of the junk, it would be in the water BEFORE the wind started! I hated to get aggressive, but when my home/wife/life is threatened..... well, you know. :(

We watched the Eye go directly over us. Spooky seeing the stars in a round hole in the clouds above us!!! :eek:

Thanks for the condolences, It helps. It was a shocker to loose him. He did go with his boat and dog. It's hard to think of a better way to head on to the next life. The Viking way?

We have his voice in the stories and some warm memories!

Greg
 

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Another update on La Paz from Nirvana 9/23

Yes, Paul was found in the mangroves about a 1+miles from where they found Simone.
Today they are diving Tabasco II and taking off personal items for their family.
It's very emotional here but having found all three has put closure to the frantic search.
La Paz is doing a great job of getting back to normal. Gas stations are open and no lines, but I can't confirm if the fuel docks are pumping fuel to cruising boats yet. They have fuel but Mexico City is deciding who gets it. (Hospitals, Hotels, Emergency Generators, etc.) Grocery stores are open and are well stocked. Wallmart had 4 armed military personnel at the entrance the other day but it was all good. We have met a few people who live in Cabo and have come here to La Paz to escape what is going on down there.
Did you read the "Tailhunter" report that was posted on Facebook? I think Jonathon did a great job telling the tale. Electricity has been restored to all marinas and most of La Paz.

"Very sadly, perhaps the cruelest irony of all, is that one of the few boats I've seen that did not appear to have left a furling headsail in place, was the TABASCO II, from which the young German couple have gone missing..." they were brit couple, not so young, and now both deceased. is sad. yes you CAN be well prepared and still die and lose your boat also. the boat sank, the two were found in mangroves.
 

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