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April 29, 2015

Ha-Ha and Ta-Ta Signups Begin Friday

Picture yourself breezin’ downwind in the sunny latitudes of Baja California. Will this be your year to Ha-Ha?

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On your marks. Get set. Go! Every spring there’s a mad dash to be the first to sign up for the annual Baja Ha-Ha rally and SoCal Ta-Ta rally. Registration opens at noon on May 1 at these sites: Baja Ha-Ha and SoCal Ta-Ta.

If you’re a regular reader, you could probably write the following synopsis of these events yourself, but here’s a capsule explanation for the uninitiated:

Is the Ha-Ha family friendly? You bet. It’s G-rated from beginning to end. 

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• The Baja Ha-Ha is a 750-mile cruising rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with two rest stops along the way. Dates: October 25-November 7. All boats between 27 and 125 feet in length that were designed, built and have been maintained for offshore sailing may enter. No singlehanding. Motoring is allowed. All boats must have an AIS receiver or working radar. Entry fee is still $375 per boat (or $325 if the owner’s age or his/her boat’s length is under 35.) Rules are minimal, and the fun factor is off the graph, although safety is paramount.

The favorite stop on the Ha-Ha’s route is always remote Bahia Santa Maria — an enormous natural anchorage that lies 180 miles north of Cabo and is completely undeveloped.

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• The SoCal Ta-Ta is a one-directional cruise from Santa Barbara to Catalina, with three stops en route (roughly 120 miles). Dates: September 13-19. Boats of 27 to 125 feet may enter; no singlehanding; no night sailing necessary. Fee is $270 per boat. The event’s playful theme, Reggae ‘pon da Ocean, is an indication of its fun-focused nature, but again, safety is paramount. 

The Ta-Ta gives a mellow intro to cruising, as SoCal winds are normally light, and the course requires no overnight sailing. 

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The websites for both events are being updated now. Complete schedules and NORs should be available by the end of the day.

The Ta-Ta is a great shakedown for the Ha-Ha, so some boats will probably do both. Sound like fun? We hope you can join us for one or both. (Check our recap articles, alumni fleet lists and photos at the respective websites.)

Mystery Anchorage

If we had only tagged the photo with a GPS position. 

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We’ve always liked this photograph of Profligate in this unusual-looking anchorage. People always ask us, "Where is that?"

"We don’t know," we respond.

"No, really," they say.

"Yes, really."

It’s at the Channel Islands, and we even know which one, but darned if we can remember the name of the anchorage. Maybe you can help (please email us here).


Randy and Dawn Ortiz in happier times. Randy Ortiz
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC As reported earlier, Pacific Puddle Jumpers Randy and Dawn Ortiz were forced by circumstance to abandon their Canadian-flagged S&S 42 Nirvana Now on April 8, after rescuers Bob and Mona Jankowski of the North Carolina-based Caliber 40 Continuum arrived on the scene, roughly 1,200 miles from the first possible landfall.
H.L. Enloe’s ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe slipped into Ensenada minutes before dawn on Saturday at 5:55:35 to secure Best Elapsed Time honors at the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.