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Twenty-Eighth Baja Ha-Ha Fleet Is Headed to Mexico

The 28th Baja Ha-Ha Cruising Rally is underway, with the fleet having cast off from San Diego at 10:00 this morning. The Ha-Ha start was the culmination of a weekend of celebrations, connections and information sharing, with much of it taking place in, or outside, the local West Marine store.

Baja Ha-Ha sailors in costume
The Halloween Costume Kick-Off Party is always a well-loved affair.
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Sunday’s party drew a fantastic crowd, with sailors going to great lengths to dress up and stand out from their neighbors.

There’s clearly a theme here… We’re just not sure what it is.
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Did someone say “Margarita?”
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After so much revelry it’s a wonder everyone was up early for the official start today. But, in true sailor fashion, the boats were ready and eager to set off.

The spectator boat Dolphin, complete with a mariachi band, was supplied by the Sportfishing Association of California.
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Officials from the Coast Guard, Mexican consulate, Port of San Diego, San Diego Working Waterfront, San Diego Yacht Club, Harbor Police, fireboats, and news media watched as the fleet headed out in light air.

Consul General of the Mexican consulate in San Diego, Carlos González-Gutiérrez said this is his favorite event of the year.
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The breeze is expected to build over the next couple of days to fill the sails of the southbound fleet.

1 Comment

  1. Christine Weaver 3 months ago

    I think that mystery theme must be Mardi Gras.

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