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Plenty of Entries for the Baja Ha-Ha

Every year the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha expects there to be a big drop-off in the number of entries.

“With more than 3,000 boats having done it in 25 years,” he says, “it would seem that at some point we’ll run out of sailors who haven’t done it or who have continued on to the South Pacific and never come back.”

Beach party
Beach Party fun during last year’s Baja Ha-Ha.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Mitch

Early indications are there will be no significant drop-off for this year’s Ha-Ha, as 73 paid entries were received in the first 48 hours. That’s one more than the average number of first-48-hour entries for the last three years. Those three years had final paid entries of 183, 154 and 168, respectively. It should be noted that each year about 15% of paid entries don’t show up. Boats don’t get ready in time, there are business or job issues, and worst of all, there can be health issues.

A couple of this year’s entries stand out. Number one, for example, is Myron and Marina Eisenzimmer’s Swan 44 Mykonos. This will be the couple’s 10th Baja Ha-Ha.

And we couldn’t help but notice entry #62, Rick Jakaus’ Cygnus Montanus. Not just because her homeport is Stockholm, Sweden, but because the nearly new beauty is 111 feet long! She’s the biggest entry in Ha-Ha history.

Cygnus Montanus at sea
Cygnus Montanus
© 2019 A.Grocz/M.Crawford

If you’ve been underwater for the last 25 years, the Baja Ha-Ha is the annual 750-mile cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, with R&R stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria. Over 10,000 sailors on more than 3,000 boats have done the event in the first 25 years.

This year’s dates are November 3-16. It’s a week later start than in previous years, and will feature one more day in Bahia Santa Maria — the response has been extremely positive about this — and one less day in Cabo San Lucas.

Notice of the Rally and entry information can be found at Please note that Ha-Ha discounts in the States and in Mexico can easily more than offset the entry fee. Indeed, in years past some folks signed up simply to get the discounts. We hope you sign up, but to do the event, not just to get the discounts.

The first 73 sign-ups (there are already more) were:

1MykonosSwan 44Myron & Marina EisenzimmerSan Francisco
2Moonlight LadyCatalina 355Owen ProvenceLong Beach
3Rum AwayLagoon 450SNo Worries Group, LLCSan Diego
4DolfinCrealock 37Bill & Patty MeanleySan Diego
5Alibi IVBeneteau 411 OceanicFrederick J HumphreySan Diego
6DescansoWauquiez Centurion 42Craig & Annika LacySeattle, WA
7KyrieProut Snowgoose 37Joe & Kristen GrieserJuneau, AK
8SpinnakerHylas 54William PartinBainbridge Is, WA
9MsChievousHylas 49James & Susan AuBuchonPortland, ME
10WikdBaltic 43Scott SeloverSan Francisco
11Day DreamJ/122Robert DayNewport Beach
12BelieveBeneteau 41.1Stan PawlakRichmond
13Dharma GirlTatoosh 42Chris & Carrie WilliamsPortland, OR
14RochambeauLagoon 400Beverly van de VeldeMarina del Rey
15JulietMason 44Charles & LeeAnne ClarkChannel Islands
16ThislduRafiki 35Garrett RuhlandSausalito
17TessBeneteau 38Klaus KaasgaardRedwood City
18ShamaalOutbound 46Jane & Jerry McNaboeSouth Lake Tahoe
19PranaHunter 45ccTom MangoldSan Diego
20TesaCatalina 42Steve HaasBrickyard Cove
21Jacquot-BateauIrwin 38Jacques LorchLong Beach
22AlexseaHylas 46Darrell Jelle & Turi DrakeSt. Croix, VI
23CarolineIslander 36Benjamin FisherNew York, NY
24ScoutHylas 44Bill BlumleinNewport, OR
25ArinaarBristol 40Eric MeiierPortland, OR
26KanumeraSpindrift 43Doug VillepiqueSan Diego
27I’ODavidson 44Mark & Linda LeVanderVentura
28Rum LineDehler 38Timothy Andrew LorenzenSan Francisco
29AmenomaniaOceanis 45Cliff Newell & Katy JacobsSausalito
30ShantiJeanneau 469Daniel CaseySanta Barbara
31SoLunaMareSaga 43Roger NeileyNewport Beach
32TranquilityCatalina 36 MkIIDavid & Becky ElmorePort Orchard, WA
33WildernessAerodyne 38Jeff Rothermel & Naomi NevilleKing Harbor
34SundanceIsland Packet 370Paul RuppleSeward, AK
35GaleneCooper Seabird 37 PHGreg & Laurie YellenikVancouver, BC
36DelphinaWaterline 55Tracy & Richard PerdueRapid City, SD
37Tally HoNauticat 43Rich & Laura BrazilPoint Richmond
38Nota BeneBeneteau 411Jack Vetter & Carly HegleVallejo
39LasirenaCatalina 35Steve BeuLong Beach
40Tulum VAleutian 51 KetchChad French29 Palms
41QuijoteHallberg Rassy 37Roderick MercerSeattle, WA
42AeolianSceptre 41Todd & Maria MillenAlta, UT
43SEAductionCatalina 42 MkIIDaniel LawlerSalt Lake City, UT
44Blue SugarJ/42Jay & Marina ZuccaAlameda
45SeaquelCatalina 400 MkIIMichael & Jacqulyn CarssowPortland, OR
46Luna RossaBeneteau 49.5W J, LLCSan Diego
47ConcertoCheoy Lee 52Ron & Jo NiemanHomer. AK
48AndiamoIslander 32 MkIIPaula & Russell SunnSan Diego/Chico
49Nai’aIslander 37Hans Juergen JohnsonBrickyard Cove
50Sail La VieHunter 49Peyton RobinsonChula Vista
51CiaoBruce Roberts 34Eric OlsenPortland, OR
52Just Passing WindSundeer 60Jeff WahlYankton, SD
53CapricaBeneteau Oceanis 411Robert WakemanRedondo Beach
54BrainwavesJ/46Deb Ehler & Jim BrainardGolden, CO
55ShantiManta 40Tricia MalliaSan Diego
56RavenCatalina 42 MkIIKevin & Gina StenbergPortland, OR
57BoundlessPassport 42Julian JonesSan Francisco
58SamadhiTayana 55Ashley & Dan MurphySeattle, WA
59Silver LiningsJeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2Mark LaFeversChannel Islands
60PellucidarMoody 47Walt DrechslerEverett, WA
61Kristina MarieHudson Force 50Ken & Kristie NairneLong Beach
62Cygnus MontanusFrers 111Rick JakausStockholm, SWE
63Wind AngelBeneteau 361Gerald & Vicki MarquartQueen Creek, AZ
64AnitaMorgan 382Christopher PridePoint Richmond
65ClapotisLagoon 450FCharles DevanneauxMarina del Rey
66WinstonFountain Pajot Lipari 41John & Sue AdamsLa Jolla
67IvanicaMorgan 461Zoran KajmakovicSan Francisco
68UnicornHylas 44David RoweLas Vegas, NV
69NaughticalBeneteau 46Calvin CoteHalf Moon Bay
70Sophia ClaireHunter 450Gregory Beu & Pamela MaherSan Diego
71StarfireTartan 4100Diana BaumgartnerVentura
72RanBeneteau 423Bram ArnoldSan Diego
73Animal CrackerHunter 460Scott & Tami BirdzellMarina Coral

1 Comment

  1. Nathaniel Woodruff 3 years ago

    Hi Darrel, Turi, and Captain,
    Hope you are happy, well and avoiding the storms and doldrums! Would love to meet up with you somewhere in the world.
    Rohde and Beate

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