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The Baja Ha-Ha Far From Sea Level

In normal years most Baja Ha-Ha activities take place at sea level. However, this year, one Baja Ha-Ha sailor went the other direction. Multiple-Baja Ha-Ha vet Chris Maher decided to take the event in the other direction when he took his 2022 Baja Ha-Ha burgee 14,505 feet up to the top of Mount Whitney.

Chris Maher Mt. Whitney
Chris Maher carried the 2022 Baja Ha-Ha burgee to the top of Mount Whitney.
© 2022 Chris Maher

Chris, owner of the Olson 34 Keaka from Encinal Yacht Club, will be sailing the Jeanneau 45 No Worries as entry number 25 in the 2022 Baja Ha-Ha. So by the fall you should be seeing Chris back at sea level to join the rest of the almost 100 Baja Ha-Ha entries already signed up for this year’s rally from San Diego to Cabo.

If you’re still on the fence about whether to join this year’s event, bear in mind that three months from now the warm, sunny weather you’re currently enjoying in the Northern Hemisphere will have made way for the cooler, somewhat cloudier conditions of fall heading into winter. Where would you rather be, under the clouds or in the sunshine?

If you’re signed up for the Baja Ha-Ha, you’ll be sailing south, likely in conditions like those in the photo.
© 2022

What will you have to look forward to?

  1. The R&R stop at Turtle Bay.
  2. The world-famous Cruisers versus Mexican Kids Baseball Game.
  3. The Turtle Bay Beach Party at the edge of the badlands of Mexico.
  4. 240 more miles of almost-certain downwind sailing to Bahia Santa Maria.
  5. Beachcombing, hill-climbing, surfing, and more socializing at BSM.
  6. The surreal live-music lunch and dance party overlooking the pristine bay.
  7. 175 more downwind miles in what’s almost always sweet and easy tropical sailing.
  8. Cheated Death Again dance party and popcorn throw at Squid Roe.
  9. Beach Party with the world-famous From Here to Eternity kissing contest.
  10. Awards Party, where all boats are winners.

If you think this sounds better than anything else you’ve got planned, sign up here for the Ha-Ha today — join the fleet and become part of Ha-Ha history.


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