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The Missing (Tourist Visa) Link & Cabo News

September 26, 2014 – Mexico Online

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This could be you — heading south under sail to the sunny latitudes of Mexico. But before you set sail, be sure to go online and get your visa.

Photo Latitude / JR
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If you're going to go to Mexico by boat, you need to get a special nautical tourist visa online. You'll trade this for a normal 180-day tourist visa at the immigration office of your first port of entry. In the last 'Lectronic we neglected to provide the link for getting your visa. It is: This will take you to the section that says Payment of Rights for Immigration Services. We know because we tried it five times last night and five times this morning, and it always worked.

This is not to say there isn't some confusion, if not a problem, with the form. Since you get the nautical tourism visa the minute you apply, and thus can do it just before you leave for Mexico, you might want to hold off. In any event, the confusion/problem starts on the "Step Two" page.

1) They ask for the boat's "License." What they are asking for is the boat's documentation number or registration number. No big deal

2) They then ask for the "Person Responsible of Vessel." No matter what it says, we presume they are asking for the name of the person applying for the nautical visa, even if you're just going to be crew. Why? Because there is no other place on the form, or any Mexican website, for a non-skipper's name, and because they ask for your passport number.

3) Later on in Step Two, they ask for your "Document number." What they really are asking for is your passport number. They even flash a photo of a passport.

4) When you get to arrival and departure dates, the arrival date should be the first day you arrive in Mexican waters, i.e. the day you leave San Diego. No matter when you plan to leave, just make your departure day a little under 180 days. Yes, the website's calendars are a little weird to work with. Remember, you put the day before the month in Mexico and in most other foreign countries.

5) The other issue is with regard to people who already have Temporary or Permanent Residency Status in Mexico, as applying for a 180-day tourist visa can apparently screw up that status. We don't know what people with that status should do.

Tere Grossman, President of the Mexican Marina Owners Association, is contacting Mexico City to get answers to all these questions. We hope to get responses soon, and will share them immediately. She is also asking the Tourism Department to contact Customs and Immigration in Cabo San Lucas to make sure that everything goes smoothly for the Ha-Ha boats. In years past, both agencies have been very cooperative.

A couple of reminders:

1) Apply for your nautical tourism visa individually, and do not lose the receipt. Keep it with you until you've left Mexico.

2) You print out your nautical tourism visa when you apply for it, so unlike the application for your TIP, which we described in Wednesday's 'Lectronic, you can do it at the last minute. (Banjercito promises to get TIPs to applicants seven business days after they apply, via DHL, so we suggest applying at least two weeks in advance, if not right now.)

In news from Cabo, President Pena Nieto was to return to Cabo today to check on the progress of the recovery. He is expected to announce that the Los Cabos Airport will re-open for commercial service on October 8, as previously announced. Actually, airport officials have announced that it will open earlier than that. The La Paz Airport, about 2.5 hours from Cabo San Lucas by a $16 luxury bus with high-speed Internet almost the entire way, is reported to be "operating normally."

Wayne Bisbee, who has two huge fishing tournaments long before the Ha-Ha fleet arrives in Cabo, reports that the Cabo Marina is 70% operational at this point and has fuel. They are ramping up quickly for the fishing tournaments and the season. Over 2,000 hotel rooms are available for occupancy right now, with many more expected to be ready by October 1, and even more by October 15. Banks and ATMs are working and, Bisbee says, most restaurants and bars are open, too.

Tropical Storm Rachel is not expected to develop into a hurricane and, in any event, is like most Mexican hurricanes in that it is far off the coast and headed northwest away from land.

It's only one month to the Baja Ha-Ha XXI Kick-Off Party at the West Marine Superstore in San Diego.

- latitude / richard

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Weekend Racing Preview

September 26, 2014 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Two spinnakers in front of CYC

A light-air, downwind start at last year's YRA Season Closer.

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Regarding the final installment of their 2014 Party Circuit this weekend at Corinthian YC, the YRA writes, "Despite our fervent hopes, the wind hasn't always cooperated when it comes to the Season Closer. Boats often drifted behind Angel Island, or stalled out in Raccoon Strait with the finish line frustratingly in sight. This year, we've decided to go where the wind (usually) is, and try our hand at sailing in the Central Bay. The race still starts and finishes from the CYC race deck, but in the opposite direction of years past, with all new courses in between. On Sunday, we're even throwing in an option to race out to Point Bonita, provided the wind is cooperating." With a finish at the clubhouse in Belvedere Cove, you can still expect some drifting/stalling/parking.

The Vanguard 15 Tomales Bay Regatta fleet championship is this weekend, with camping at Olema Ranch and racing hosted by Inverness YC. The Vice Commodore's Cup at Half Moon Bay YC beckons Cal 20s, Coronado 15s, Lasers and Optis this weekend with "flat water, moderate breeze, and a nice venue."

Sam Crabtree writes, "Richmond YC is expecting a minimum of 70 Optis for the PCCs this weekend." The prams will have a practice race this afternoon.

The U.S. Team Racing Championship begins today and runs through the weekend in Marblehead, MA. A lot of Californians populate the 12 three-boat teams.

The Audi Melges 20 PCCs are this weekend at SFYC. Eighteen boats are signed up, including one from Brazil and one from the UK. The class's North American Championship will follow on October 3-5, also at SFYC. So far 20 American entries will be joined by one from Italy.


- latitude / chris

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Ad: Alaska or Tahiti?

September 26, 2014 – Richmond, CA

Ad: Alaska or Tahiti?

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Do It Now, Not at the Last Minute

September 26, 2014 – San Diego, CA

A big surge in last-minute Baja Ha-Ha entries has brought the total to just shy of 170, making it the largest Ha-Ha in the last three years. Considering the fact that we here at Latitude told it like it really was during last year's boat impoundment fiasco in Mexico, we're both gratified and more than a little surprised at the number of entries.

(And no, thanks to the government's embarrassment over last year's impoundings, and the much-improved Temporary Import Permit forms, we don't believe there will be a repeat of last year's blunders.)

Procrastination is inherent in the human condition, so we feel it's incumbent upon us to warn all Ha-Ha entrants not to show up in San Diego a week before the start of the Ha-Ha and expect to get a lot of work done. Yes, there are lots of good riggers, sailmakers, diesel mechanics and other service providers in San Diego, but most of them have been busy this year, and with well over 100 new boats soon to show up in town needing work done 'yesterday', yacht service pros are going to have more work than they can handle. So if you need anything but emergency work done on your boat prior to the Ha-Ha, we encourage you to try to get it done where your boat is now. This is the time of year when boat industry work tends to slow down in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and even Southern California, which means wherever you are now is a good place to have final boat projects completed.

A second thing to remember is that boat supplies and tools are both expensive and hard to come by in Mexico. So if you're planning on doing any boat projects, buy the parts and other supplies in the States.

We have a tin palate, so we don't drink much wine. But if you're the least bit picky about the wine you drink, you'll want to take all you can carry. Yes, you can get some familiar brands at Costco in Mexico, but you're going to pay more and not always be able to find your favorites.

- latitude / richard

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Job Opportunity in Production

September 26, 2014 – Mill Valley, CA

Production Department

Latitude 38 is a such great place to work that we rarely have job openings. However, we are currently looking for an organized and team-oriented person who possesses excellent time-management skills and the ability to work within deadlines – with minimal supervision – to work in our production department.

The main responsibility of this position is to be in charge of our Classy Classifieds, which are a well-read and vital part of our magazine. Customer service is key in this position as you will be assisting our advertisers over the phone and via email, and sometimes leading them through the process of placing an ad.

Beyond the Classifieds, you will be expected to assist with creating display ads, help with our eBooks and updating our website, proofreading, answering phones, filing, etc. We are a small, tight-knit group and we all wear several hats, so if you are unable to work ‘outside the box’, this job is not for you.

Skills and Experience:

  • Mac computer skills are required.
  • InDesign and Photoshop experience are a must.
  • Dreamweaver or other web design skills are a plus.
  • Good English skills are a must.
  • Print publishing experience is preferred.

This is a full-time, on-site position in our Mill Valley office. We offer a competitive pay structure and benefits package including medical and a friendly work environment.

Please submit your resume with salary requirements to Colleen.

NO PHONE CALLS! Anyone who calls will be automatically disqualified.

- latitude / colleen

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Ad: Sale Boat of the Day

September 26, 2014 – Long Beach, CA

Ha-Ha Ready ~ Let's Head South!

Catalina 42

© 2018 The Shoreline Yacht Group

Catalina 42 • 1990 • $118,000

The Shoreline Yacht Group
Long Beach & San Pedro
Your Southern California Cruising Specialist Jim Jennett
(562) 243-5576

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