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Ha-Ha XXI Starts on Monday

Crew positions are apparently still fluid on some Ha-Ha boats.

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After months of preparation and perhaps the expenditure of a few dollars, the skippers of Baja Ha-Ha XXI, the cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, have completed all preparations for the Monday-morning start, and will be spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday relaxing, making new friends, and seeing the sights of San Diego. Well, one or two skippers may have a couple of minor projects to complete.

Hope the wind for the 11:00 a.m. start on Monday will come a little closer to shore than forecast. By Tuesday, it’s going to be light, and by Wednesday it may be lighter still.

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The Ha-Ha Kick-Off Party will again be at the West Marine Superstore on Rosecrans in San Diego on Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m. It’s free to skippers and first mates, while crew and anybody else interested pay about $10 for a big lunch, beverages, schmoozing with Mexican officials and harbormasters from marinas in Mexico, and making new friends. Did we mention it’s a costume party and that about 500 people attend?

The San Diego Police Dock is packed with Ha-Ha boats. 

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Looking to crew or still looking for crew? It could happen at the Kick-Off Party.

The weather for the 360-mile first leg to Turtle Bay looks like . . . well, it looks as though everybody will need a lot of suntan lotion, and white-sails boats will not want to skimp on fuel. Fast boats that can get off the coast quickly may catch the tail end of some breeze, but after that it looks as though high pressure will settle in over the Ha-Ha course, and it will be extremely difficult for anyone to be a ’Soul Sailor’ — one who sails the entire course, this year.

We’re going to miss ‘Dr. Electron’ on this year’s Ha-Ha, but congratulate him on the arrival of his new Slocum 43, and expect to see him in next year’s Ha-Ha. 

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The one Ha-Ha stalwart who won’t be sailing to Cabo this year is Alan ‘Dr. Electron’ Katz. Over the years the ‘Dr.’ has been a hero of the Ha-Ha, as he’s selflessly helped countless Ha-Ha folks in Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria who had one electrical problem or another. The Dr. won’t be on duty this year because his boat — a Slocum 43 — didn’t ‘come in’ until just yesterday and it was on a truck from Virginia. So make sure none of your ground wires are loose.

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