Blanca wasn’t even spinning yet and we were already watching it’s development closely. Here’s how we prepared for it.
This is the third in a series of four posts covering our preparations and weathering of the remnants of Hurricane Blanca in 2015. Click here for the previous post on this series.
Hurricanes tend to reach the Baja California peninsula later in the season, normally between August and October. So, we were a bit surprised when the forecast predicted Blanca to move on this direction. But not unprepared.
As soon as the first forecasts suggested its trajectory, we started evaluating our options.
First off, location. Conveniently, we were already anchored inside one known “hurricane hole” of the Sea of Cortez – Puerto Escondido. We did map other potential safe harbors though, and set a cut-off date of Wednesday morning to decide whether to stay or move elsewhere.
At the same time, every new forecast confirmed that, irrespective of Blanca’s maximum strength and track, it would definitely weaken significantly before hitting Baja.
With that, we decided that Puerto Escondido was an adequate shelter, and shifted our focus to preparation.
After scouting the bay with our dinghy and speaking to a number of people who where here during hurricane Odile last year, we moved Pesto to a mooring. None of the bay’s moorings gave way during Odile. They are stout, and – better yet – where all renewed a few months ago. We inspected a number of moorings ourselves, picked one of our liking, and hired a diver to come make a more professional inspection and also attach a redundant set of lines to it.
Next up on the list was to ensure Pesto was strongly secured to the mooring. Our best mooring lines were used, and every potential chaffing point received a lot of protection.
With Pesto safely secured, we shifted our attention to lashing everything that might be affected by the wind, and also prepared to spend a couple of days inside the boat during the likely rain that Blanca’s remnants might bring to us.
When the weekend approached, the forecasts got increasingly favorable, and we may have “over-prepared” for it. But even if we did, it doesn’t matter. We feel safe, and this will be an opportunity to put some of our gear to test, and improve it.
Stay tuned. I will be posting updates.