Bud, the first Eastern Pacific (Mexican) hurricane of the season, had boat owners and/or their watchers stripping boats in Nuevo Vallarta and La Cruz on Friday and Saturday, as it was making a beeline for Banderas Bay. Fortunately, the one-time Category 3 storm, with winds that had peaked at over 100 knots, fizzled dramatically some 40 miles short of Cabo Corrientes, which is at the south end of Banderas Bay. Not only did the Vallarta area not see any wind from the storm, there were only light sprinkles, nothing like the up-to-12 inches of rain that had been predicted.
It’s nonetheless a reminder that hurricane season has arrived in Mexico and people need to be prepared. As for those who want to take their boats north, Passage Weather suggests that conditions off the Baja coast will be mellow toward the end of the week and early next week, close to ideal for a painless Bash.