It always amazes us how many sailors seem to be champing at the bit for May to roll around so they can sign up for the Baja Ha-Ha cruising rally. But we have to remind ourselves that some potential entrants have been working for years, if not decades, toward the goal of sailing south of the border with this world-renowned San Diego to Cabo rally. If you count yourself among those who will be ready to break away from the rat race in late October, we offer our heart-felt congratulations, and welcome you to the fleet.
How do you sign up? Just go to the Baja Ha-Ha site and click on the "Sign Me Up" button. The whole process, including payment on a secure server, takes only about 15 minutes. The entry fee is $375 per boat (regardless of the number of crew). If the owner’s age or his/her boat length is less than 35, the fee is discounted to $325. In either case, that’s merely a fraction of what other large cruising rallies and offshore races charge.
Why sign up early? Some folks are always very concerned about getting a slip in Cabo. There aren’t always enough available, so we assign slips based on the order that boats entered in the rally. Also, of course, early entrants get the quiet thrill of seeing their boat’s name near the top of the list, That said, the Rally Committee urges all potential entrants not to sign up until they are certain they can make the trip, as there are no refunds. Registration ends September 10.
If you’re in Southern California and are curious about the Ha-Ha, we encourage you to attend one of our free seminars this week, sponsored by Ullman Sails.
The first will be tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, at the Santa Monica Windjammers YC in Marina del Rey (7 p.m.), and the second will be Wednesday, May 4 at the Dana Point YC (also 7 p.m.). Ullman Sails requests that you RSVP to (714) 432-1860 if you plan to attend.
When we created the Ha-Ha rally 18 years ago, we had no idea it would grow into one of the world’s largest sailing rallies, nor that it would be such a life-changing experience for those to participate. And perhaps most importantly, that the rally’s concrete starting date (October 24 this year) would force procrastinators to finally throw off the docklines and turn their cruising dreams into reality. Look for complete details on this year’s event at the site.