It’s amazing how one brief conversation can be a springboard to life-changing adventures and lasting friendships. This happens all the time at Latitude 38′s Crew List parties — where skippers in need of crew mix and mingle with able-bodied sailors who are eager for a ride. This phenomenon will repeat itself this Wednesday night at our annual Mexico-Only Crew List Party and Baja Ha-Ha Reunion at Alameda’s Encinal YC. The shindig runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and is free for registered 2014 Baja Ha-Ha skippers and first mates. Others pay $7 cash at the door. There’ll be a no-host bar, door prizes and free snacks. Many Baja Ha-Ha sponsors are expected to attend to share knowledge with first-timers, and representatives from Sal’s Inflatables will be on hand to give a liferaft demo on the ‘dance floor’.
If you’ll be skippering a boat into Mexican waters — as part of the Ha-Ha or otherwise — you should definitely plan to arrive early and take in a special (free) Mexico cruising seminar put on by longtime harbormasters Dick Markie of Nuevo Vallarta’s Paradise Village Marina and Geronimo Cevallos from Mazatlan’s Marina El Cid. Topics covered will include safety, timing, weather, provisioning, paperwork, health care, navigation and fishing. They will also discuss current government regulations. The program will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m., downstairs at the Encinal. We’ll see you there.
Remember also that you can get a head start on making crew connections by signing up on our free, online Crew List.