Roughly 600 sailors gathered in San Diego for the annual Baja Ha-Ha Costume Kickoff Party which, by any measure, was a smash hit. Despite the fact that every boater who’s about to go cruising has a to-do list a mile long, most found time to put together highly creative costumes. The festive atmosphere which resulted helped de-stress the crowd, most of whom had been working frantically to prepare for the
750-mile cruise to Cabo San Lucas.
Due to complications brought on by the San Diego fires, the party venue was moved to the West Marine parking lot. Store employees, in addition to Cabrillo Isle Marina staff and various volunteers did a bang-up job of feeding and entertaining the troops who were all greatly appreciative.
Of the 178 registered entries, at least 155 are expected to be on the starting line this morning at 11 a.m. in boats ranging from 28 to 94 feet. First stop, Turtle Bay, 360 miles down the Baja Peninsula. Look for a report from there in Friday’s ‘Lectronic. Winds for the beginning of Leg One are expected to be ideal: 15-20 knots from astern!