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 www.baja-haha.com. 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:

1 Mykonos Swan 44 Myron & Marina Eisenzimmer San Francisco
2 Moonlight Lady Catalina 355 Owen Provence Long Beach
3 Rum Away Lagoon 450S No Worries Group, LLC San Diego
4 Dolfin Crealock 37 Bill & Patty Meanley San Diego
5 Alibi IV Beneteau 411 Oceanic Frederick J Humphrey San Diego
6 Descanso Wauquiez Centurion 42 Craig & Annika Lacy Seattle, WA
7 Kyrie Prout Snowgoose 37 Joe & Kristen Grieser Juneau, AK
8 Spinnaker Hylas 54 William Partin Bainbridge Is, WA
9 MsChievous Hylas 49 James & Susan AuBuchon Portland, ME
10 Wikd Baltic 43 Scott Selover San Francisco
11 Day Dream J/122 Robert Day Newport Beach
12 Believe Beneteau 41.1 Stan Pawlak Richmond
13 Dharma Girl Tatoosh 42 Chris & Carrie Williams Portland, OR
14 Rochambeau Lagoon 400 Beverly van de Velde Marina del Rey
15 Juliet Mason 44 Charles & LeeAnne Clark Channel Islands
16 Thisldu Rafiki 35 Garrett Ruhland Sausalito
17 Tess Beneteau 38 Klaus Kaasgaard Redwood City
18 Shamaal Outbound 46 Jane & Jerry McNaboe South Lake Tahoe
19 Prana Hunter 45cc Tom Mangold San Diego
20 Tesa Catalina 42 Steve Haas Brickyard Cove
21 Jacquot-Bateau Irwin 38 Jacques Lorch Long Beach
22 Alexsea Hylas 46 Darrell Jelle & Turi Drake St. Croix, VI
23 Caroline Islander 36 Benjamin Fisher New York, NY
24 Scout Hylas 44 Bill Blumlein Newport, OR
25 Arinaar Bristol 40 Eric Meiier Portland, OR
26 Kanumera Spindrift 43 Doug Villepique San Diego
27 I’O Davidson 44 Mark & Linda LeVander Ventura
28 Rum Line Dehler 38 Timothy Andrew Lorenzen San Francisco
29 Amenomania Oceanis 45 Cliff Newell & Katy Jacobs Sausalito
30 Shanti Jeanneau 469 Daniel Casey Santa Barbara
31 SoLunaMare Saga 43 Roger Neiley Newport Beach
32 Tranquility Catalina 36 MkII David & Becky Elmore Port Orchard, WA
33 Wilderness Aerodyne 38 Jeff Rothermel & Naomi Neville King Harbor
34 Sundance Island Packet 370 Paul Rupple Seward, AK
35 Galene Cooper Seabird 37 PH Greg & Laurie Yellenik Vancouver, BC
36 Delphina Waterline 55 Tracy & Richard Perdue Rapid City, SD
37 Tally Ho Nauticat 43 Rich & Laura Brazil Point Richmond
38 Nota Bene Beneteau 411 Jack Vetter & Carly Hegle Vallejo
39 Lasirena Catalina 35 Steve Beu Long Beach
40 Tulum V Aleutian 51 Ketch Chad French 29 Palms
41 Quijote Hallberg Rassy 37 Roderick Mercer Seattle, WA
42 Aeolian Sceptre 41 Todd & Maria Millen Alta, UT
43 SEAduction Catalina 42 MkII Daniel Lawler Salt Lake City, UT
44 Blue Sugar J/42 Jay & Marina Zucca Alameda
45 Seaquel Catalina 400 MkII Michael & Jacqulyn Carssow Portland, OR
46 Luna Rossa Beneteau 49.5 W J, LLC San Diego
47 Concerto Cheoy Lee 52 Ron & Jo Nieman Homer. AK
48 Andiamo Islander 32 MkII Paula & Russell Sunn San Diego/Chico
49 Nai’a Islander 37 Hans Juergen Johnson Brickyard Cove
50 Sail La Vie Hunter 49 Peyton Robinson Chula Vista
51 Ciao Bruce Roberts 34 Eric Olsen Portland, OR
52 Just Passing Wind Sundeer 60 Jeff Wahl Yankton, SD
53 Caprica Beneteau Oceanis 411 Robert Wakeman Redondo Beach
54 Brainwaves J/46 Deb Ehler & Jim Brainard Golden, CO
55 Shanti Manta 40 Tricia Mallia San Diego
56 Raven Catalina 42 MkII Kevin & Gina Stenberg Portland, OR
57 Boundless Passport 42 Julian Jones San Francisco
58 Samadhi Tayana 55 Ashley & Dan Murphy Seattle, WA
59 Silver Linings Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 Mark LaFevers Channel Islands
60 Pellucidar Moody 47 Walt Drechsler Everett, WA
61 Kristina Marie Hudson Force 50 Ken & Kristie Nairne Long Beach
62 Cygnus Montanus Frers 111 Rick Jakaus Stockholm, SWE
63 Wind Angel Beneteau 361 Gerald & Vicki Marquart Queen Creek, AZ
64 Anita Morgan 382 Christopher Pride Point Richmond
65 Clapotis Lagoon 450F Charles Devanneaux Marina del Rey
66 Winston Fountain Pajot Lipari 41 John & Sue Adams La Jolla
67 Ivanica Morgan 461 Zoran Kajmakovic San Francisco
68 Unicorn Hylas 44 David Rowe Las Vegas, NV
69 Naughtical Beneteau 46 Calvin Cote Half Moon Bay
70 Sophia Claire Hunter 450 Gregory Beu & Pamela Maher San Diego
71 Starfire Tartan 4100 Diana Baumgartner Ventura
72 Ran Beneteau 423 Bram Arnold San Diego
73 Animal Cracker Hunter 460 Scott & Tami Birdzell Marina Coral

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