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The Times They Are A-Changing

And like ol’ Bob Dylan sang back in the early ’60s, "and accept it soon that [if you stay in California] you’ll be drenched to the bone."

A reminder to one and all that Daylight Saving Time ends in the wee hours of Sunday, October 28, in most of Mexico (in the States and municipalities bordering the U.S., it ends November 4). Ha-Ha boats will stay on San Diego time until we get to Cabo San Lucas, which is one hour ahead. Yeah, we’re confused, too, so we have no idea how that’s going to affect whether you’re late or early to the ‘Can’t Believe We Cheated Death Again’ party on November 8 or the Beach Party on November 9. Thank goodness we’ll be in ‘cruising’ mode, not ‘catch a flight’ mode!

When in Rome…. Be sure to bring your best costumes for the Kick-Off Party on Sunday at 1 p.m. And don’t be late!

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It’s cool here in San Diego, so some good friends — Barritt and Renee Neal of the San Diego-based Peterson 44 Serendipity and Chip and Katy Prather of the Dana Point-based Morgan 45 Miss Teak — took off this morning for Ensenada. These Ha-Ha vets plan on making a very leisurely cruise down to Cabo, over to the mainland, and as far south as Zihua. Bon voyage!

Fortunately, it’s supposed to warm up tomorrow and stay warmish through Tuesday. Sailing conditions on the first leg appear as though they will be light, as opposed to the very breezy conditions we’ve had this week. The tropics have been erratic — off and on it’s been looking as though there might be a tropical storm, one that was headed out into the Pacific, then into the southern mainland shore, and now, it hasn’t come to fruition at all. We’re watching, but right now everything looks fine.

If the predicted light winds on the first leg mean you run low on fuel, no worries, as you can get it in Turtle Bay from either Enrique Gerardo or Services Annabelle. "Good morning," Enrique wrote to us the other day, "I am Enrique, Jr, the fat person on the pier in Turtle Bay with fuel for sale. We are ready to serve everyone with fuel, and we take credit cards." Who in America would describe themselves as ‘the fat person’? But how things have changed in Turtle Bay. We’re told that competitor Services Annabelle comes out to boats with fuel, and does credit card transactions on the spot via satellite.

We also understand that Bob Hoag of Mag Bay Outfitters will have a limited supply of fuel at Bahia Santa Maria.

Speaking of Ensenada, we’ve heard from a few skippers who want to start the Ha-Ha from there. No problem, boats do it every year. But it sure would be nice if you could take a bus up for the Skipper’s Meeting and party on Sunday, as folks have done for a long time. If not, we’ll just catch you on SSB 4A Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m., and we’ll give you your swag bags and other gear in Turtle Bay. In addition to being a good place to check into Mexico, Ensenada is also the most convenient place to get your Temporary Import Permit. You can’t get one in Cabo, and it’s a bit inconvenient to get one in La Paz.

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Jeanne Socrates left Victoria, BC, Monday morning aboard Nereida bound for…Victoria, BC. © Jak Mang You just can’t keep Jeanne Socrates down.
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