The Baja Ha-Ha text and photos are being sent over a Qualcomm satellite telephone using the Globalstar Satellite System. Qualcomm and Globalstar are the official communications solution of Baja Ha-Ha VII.

Photo of the Day

Myron Spaulding Memorial

November 8 - San Francisco

The St. Francis Yacht Club will host a memorial celebrating the life of yacht designer, boat builder and sailor par excellence Myron Spaulding next Tuesday, November 14, beginning at 11:00 am.

This is an opportunity for the Bay Area yachting community to honor Spaulding and his contributions to the yachting tradition. Spaulding passed away September 11 at the age of 94.

For more information on the memorial, contact Thomas Miller at (415) 331-6523.

Commodore Tompkins (left), a good friend of Spaulding's (right), will speak at the memorial next week.
Photo Courtesy Nancy Potter

Weather Updates

November 8 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

Tropical Weather

Are any hurricanes going to affect the Ha-Ha? You can check on the Mexico hurricane region at

All is quiet in the Atlantic/Caribbean hurricane region.

San Francisco Bay Weather

To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out

California Coast Weather

Looking for current as well as recent wind and sea readings from 17 buoys and stations between Pt. Arena and the Mexican border? Here's the place - which has further links to weather buoys and stations all over the U.S.: Also check out (but note that the Java Applet is still not working with some browsers on Macs - including your Webmistress's Netscape Communicator!)

Pacific Ocean Weather

You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.

Pacific Sea State

Check out the state of seas in the Pacific Ocean at:
For another view, see


Keep 'em Coming!

While the Baja Ha-Ha is underway, our cruising section will be on hiatus, but we'd still love to hear from keep your pictures and stories coming!

Qualcomm / Globalstar Satellite Systems Baja Ha-Ha VII Update

1200, November 8, 2000 - Leg 3

Today was the start of Leg 3 (170 miles from Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas) of the seventh annual Baja Ha-Ha rally. Last evening the 112-boat fleet enjoyed the beach party at BSM once again catered by Kojak of La Paz. Fish and lobster dinners were $10 and the beer was cold. Kojak also brought along a five-piece band and several of our sailors stood in playing instruments or singing. The 0600 start of Leg 3 featured northwest breezes of 12 knots under bright blue skies. However the wind has now died and the fleet is ghosting along in 80 degree temperatures with lots of dolphins and turtles frolicking about. With any luck the fleet should arrive in Cabo tomorrow. We'd tell you more but it's lunchtime. Wish you were here!

- The Grand Poobah aboard 'Profligate'

Beach party at remote Bahia Santa Maria

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This Baja Ha-Ha VII update has been brought to you via Qualcomm satellite phones and Globalstar satellite systems, the official communications system of the Ha-Ha. We've been using their products to make countless calls and send the photos you've seen here. It's worked great!


November 8 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace

Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at

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