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Determined to Ha-Ha

During the 17 previous Baja Ha-Ha rallies, entrants have come from all along the West Coast — including many from Alaska — and there have been a few dozen Australians, New Zealanders and Europeans who’ve participated after buying boats on the West Coast. But never before has an entrant made as big an effort to arrive in San Diego in time for the Ha-Ha’s October start as Swedish circumnavigator Lars Hassler of the Beneteau 50 Jennifer.

Having zig-zagged the world with paying crew aboard for the past 20 years, Lars is well-known and well-respected in the realm of ‘adventure charters’. As we write this, he is somewhere in the middle of the North Pacific en route from Japan to San Francisco — a passage of roughly 4,500 miles. Now that’s what we call a determined Ha-Ha’er! See the complete list of entries, and learn more about the event at

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