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What’s New in La Paz

Our correspondent and good buddy Patsy Verhoeven, who just sailed the entire Ha-Ha course for the third time in a row, and who spends most of the year aboard her Gulfstar 50 Talion in La Paz, checks in with the latest from The City of Peace:

"Over 200 people showed at the Baja Ha-Ha welcome party put on by the La Paz Tourism Board and the local marinas. There was free beer, margaritas, and tacos to the first 50 Ha-Ha participants, so 20 minutes before the event even started the 50 of us were sitting at tables in the sand at the Papas and Beer Beach Club right on the bay. What a venue! The Ha-Ha crowd then mingled with the La Paz residents as we watched the Ballet Folklórico, listened to mariachi music, and danced to rock and roll by the Baja South band. It was fantastic time, well organized, with lots of entertainment, food, and drink. Thanks to everyone in La Paz for their warm welcome.

Patsy Verhoeven is a three-time Ha-Ha Soul Sailor, having sailed the entire course three years in a row aboard her Gulfstar 50 Talion.

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"I was later interviewed by a local TV station about the Ha-Ha, which is becoming a bigger deal down here all the time. It turns out the interview is going to be on Sky News all over the West. I hope I didn’t flub it.

"The biggest news of all is the December opening of the new Home Depot out by Walmart. Now, if we could just get a Costco! Dorian’s Department store is now Sears. Apparently Sears has owned Dorian’s for four years and finally changed the name.

"The Los Arcos Hotel is still closed because of a labor dispute, and now Carlos ‘n Charlie’s restaurant on the malecón is closed, too. It doesn’t look very good with the black and red flags in the windows, but what are you going to do?

"Cruising kids on Sunbreak and Don Quixote, having studied the repercussions of styrofoam, have finally convinced Club Cruceros to stop using styrofoam cups for the daily coffee at the club. Good job kids!

It’s not business as usual along La Paz’s malecón with first the Los Arcos hotel and then Carlos ‘n Charlie’s being closed by labor disputes.

© 2009 Patsy Verhoeven

"La Paz cruisers are gearing up for the annual Thanksgiving Potluck, where over 250 gather at Marina Palmira. Then there’s the December 6 Subasta (auction) for many needy children, with loads of great things to buy, eat, and drink, at Marina de La Paz. The new Papas and Beer Beach Club has started a service delivering food and drinks to boats in the anchorage or in marinas!

"As always, the morning net on 22 is not only entertaining, but a great asset to new and seasoned cruisers with ‘local assistance’ a real highlight.

"When entering the La Paz Channel, be advised to stay closer to the green buoy side, as the red buoys may be a little off station. Sea Of Cortez – A Cruiser’s Guidebook is now in its second edition, with new aerial photos, more anchorages covered and lots more. This is still the best guide for the area.

La Paz greeted Ha-Ha’ers with a fantastic welcome party at the Papas and Beer Beach Club.

© 2009 Patsy Verhoeven

"On the distant horizon are the La Paz Bay Fest and, my favorite, the Sea of Cortez Sailing Week, both in April. Stay tuned."

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