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Life-Changing Connections at the Crew Party

We bet Jackie Evans had no trouble finding a berth at last year’s Mexico-Only Crew List Party.

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Based on their personal experiences, some have characterized Latitude 38‘s Crew List Parties as being three hours of fun that can change your life. If that prospect sounds intriguing, you’ll want to circle Wednesday, September 5, on your calendar, the date of our fall Crew Party at Berkeley YC.

Billed as a Mexico-Only Crew List Party and Baja Ha-Ha Reunion, its primary focus is helping boat owners in need of additional crew (specifically for the late-October cruise to Cabo) to meet able-bodied watch-standers. And vice versa. But connections for cruising well beyond Mexican waters are also invariably made, as well as hook-ups for local sailing.

You just never know what kind of thrills you’ll find at the Latitude Crew List parties. Last fall, the lucky folks who crammed themselves into this liferaft from Sal’s Inflatables won gift cards from West Marine!

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Our attitude toward the Baja Ha-Ha rally has always been ‘the more the merrier’, because having more than the bare minimum of crew allows owners to be less fatigued, get more sleep, and be better prepared to handle emergencies — all of which leads to a happier cruise. Naturally, though, bringing unknown crew aboard — or choosing to crew with an unknown captain — is a decision to be made carefully. So there’s no substitute for meeting potential crew/captains in person. Get an advance look at the possibilities by checking out and/or signing up for our free online Crew List.

Lynn and Steve from Go For Broke “discuss” whether they should pick up extra crew so they could better enjoy their trip down the beach. We’re guessing Lynn won!

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This year’s shindig (6-9 p.m.) will be at a new location — Berkeley YC, on the south side of the Berkeley Marina harbor entrance — and it will feature a first-ever Mexico cruising seminar with Mexico-based experts (4:30-6 p.m.) immediately preceding the main event. (Seminar organizers promise free beer for the first 100 attendees, and Mexican raffle prizes!) A variety of other Baja Ha-Ha sponsors will also be on hand to give first-hand insights into using their products or services.

Entry is free for Captain and First Mate from each paid 2012 Ha-Ha entry; $7 cash for everyone else. There will be a no-host bar (cash only), door prizes, and free snacks. We hope to see you there!

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