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Baja Ha-Ha Signups Begin at Noon Monday

Are you ready to Ha-Ha? Organizers of the West Coast’s largest cruising rally have come out of hibernation and are now gearing up for the 23rd annual San Diego-to-Cabo San Lucas rally, the Baja Ha-Ha. Online signups will begin Monday, May 2, at noon on the rally’s official website. This year’s activities begin October 30 — with the start of Leg One on Halloween morning — and end on November 12.

Picture yourself sailing to the sunny latitudes of Mexico without a care in the world — except perhaps keeping the spinnaker full. Seen here is San Francisco-based charter boat Bay Wolf on sabbatical. 

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If you’re eager for a sunny getaway south of the border, we suggest you shanghai a few of your favorite sailing partners and join us on this 750-mile offshore cruise off the Baja coast, with rest stops along the way at Bahia Tortugas and Bahia Santa Maria. 

As in years past, all sorts of people will enter, with backgrounds as diverse as the boats they sail aboard. Sailboats (and powerboats) of 27 feet or longer that were built, equipped and maintained for offshore cruising are welcome to enter. (Sorry, no singlehanding.) The price to enter is still $375 per boat, regardless of how many crew are on board, or $325 if your boat length or the skipper’s age is less than 35.

Tom Price (left) of the San Francisco-based Beneteau 473 Vitesse and his crew toast the beauty of unspoiled Bahia Santa Maria — the rally’s second rest stop, which lies roughly 600 miles south of the border.

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On the website, you’ll find the complete event schedule, along with sponsor links — many of which offer enticing discounts — and the free, downloadable First Timer’s Guide to Mexico, which contains updated info on everything from immigration regulations to fishing licenses. 

We’ll see you in San Diego!

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