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It Was Smooth Sailing on the Baja Ha-Ha

The 28th Baja Ha-Ha fleet is dispersing across Mexico (though one participant took their tracker home to Boise), with many now in La Paz getting ready for this Sunday’s La Paz Beach Party at La Costa restaurant, and others off to Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. We’re sharing some of the photos from this year’s event, and would encourage any 2022 participants to send their favorite photos to [email protected].

Sail MS Zac Singer
Zac Singer and the Sail MS crew aboard the Andrews 56 Encore revel in northerly breezes taking them south.
© 2022 Ofir-Aricha

Rodney Pimental of the Cal 40 Azure sent a note saying, “The 2022 Ha-Ha did not disappoint. Other than the first leg, which was very light, we sailed the rest of the way. We really enjoyed the full moon and amazing sunrises and sunsets. Both Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria were spectacular. Turtle Bay was really amazing, with thousands of pelicans and seals swarming the back bay before the beach party. Now we are setting our sights on Puerto Vallarta and destinations beyond.”

Rodney Pimental sent in a photo of this fine yellowfin tuna, landed by Pacific Cup Navigator Award winner Ted Floyd aboard the Pacific Cup-winning Cal 40 Azure.
© 2022 Rodney Pimental
Nick Sands’ Sabre 40-2 Escapade and Joe Heinzmann’s Swan 55 Swan Fun, both San Francisco Bay boats that were probably never this close while sailing the Bay, were buddy boating down the coast.
© 2022 Ofir Aricha
Freedom 36 Evening Sky
Ofir Aricha found Joe and Jen Ruddy’s Freedom 36 Evening Sky enjoying the run down the Baja Peninsula.
© 2022 Ofir Aricha
Laura Parent
Laura Parent, sailing on David Bennett and Amy Herrick’s Alameda-based Santa Cruz 52 Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler, sent this photo of the many pelicans in Turtle Bay this year. With the strong dollar, these are likely the biggest bills you’ll see in Mexico.
© 2022 Laura Parent
Westsail 42 Way Mari
Lena Fluharty caught this shot of Jim Picerno’s Westsail 42 Way Mari from Union City during another magical evening of the Baja Ha-Ha.
© 2022 Lena Fluharty

The magic of the Ha-Ha has passed, but for most of the participants, the magic of Mexico is just beginning. Another reminder: If you have shots of this year’s Baja Ha-Ha, send them to [email protected]. If you don’t have any shots from this year, you should plan to join next year to get some shots of your own.

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