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Baja Ha-Ha XXVIII — Where Are They Now?

Amazingly, it’s been a month since the finish of the Baja Ha-Ha, and the fleet is now out and about, cruising Mexico. Boats have mostly gone their separate ways, with many heading up into the Sea of Cortez and others now in Mazatlán or Banderas Bay, or exploring the Mexico coastline.

We heard more from crew member William Pryor on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45 Silver Linings, which appeared on this month’s cover. He wrote, “The boat cruised on to La Paz and Loreto, and has been making its way toward Bahia Concepción, which will be the most northerly point on this trip. After a crew change, the boat will head back down and plans to do the bash through the early part of January.” If all goes well, they’ll be heading to their home port in Oxnard to complete the two-month round trip, including their exploration time in the Sea of Cortez.

Silver Linings Crew
The Silver Linings crew, Scott, Melanie and skipper Mark, relaxing around the helm at sunset.
© 2022 William Pryor

The aerial shot on the December cover was just a taste of what the drone captured throughout their whole adventure. William Pryor sent a full video compilation of their voyage to date, which shows a pretty compelling overview of why the Baja Ha-Ha is so much fun.

One more shot of Silver Linings sailing down the coast of Baja captures the idyllic sailing conditions of this year’s rally, and why a good asymmetrical cruising spinnaker is an important sail in your cruising inventory.

Silver Linings Baja Ha-Ha
The sun to the west lights up Silver Linings and the Baja coastline.
© 2022 William Pryor

We also heard from Dave and Karen on the Bayfield 40 Dakota II from Victoria, BC, who headed toward the Sea of Cortez and reported, “We anchored in La Paz for two weeks, where we explored and played the tourist. Life is easy there and we were welcomed by the friendly cruising Club Cruceros de La Paz at Marina de La Paz. We’re now out and about, looking forward to meeting lots of other cruisers in the Sea of Cortez.” In our December Baja Ha-Ha wrap-up article they told us, “We saw our first turtle at sea — with two blue-footed boobies on its back.”

Bayfield 40 Dakota II
Woody Sutherland caught this shot of Dakota II as she was anchored in Turtle Bay during the Ha-Ha.
© 2022 Woody Sutherland

Some of the trackers are still tracking as the fleet spreads across Mexico. Nick Sands and crew from Sausalito Yacht Club aboard their Sabre 402 Escapade were sailing toward the mainland after leaving Santa Isabel, while another tracker flew home to Boise. Other fleet members headed off to Banderas Bay and participated in this past weekend’s Banderas Bay Blast and the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run for Charity.

Baja Ha-Ha
It’s sunny sailing for this year’s Ha-Ha cruisers.
© 2022 Predict Wind
Sabre 40-2 Escapade
The Sabre 402 Escapade, seen here sailing on San Francisco Bay, recently crossed from Baja to the Mexico mainland.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

We wish all Baja Ha-Ha and Mexico cruisers fair winds as they continue their down-south adventures. There are plenty more adventures unfolding along the coast of Mexico.

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