Young Farmers Want to Crew on Ha-Ha

You’d have to be nutzy not to like the Yutzy sisters’ outlook on life. Cheryl on the left, Machelle on the right.

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Sisters Cheryl and Machelle Yutzy of Pennslyania were, in the Grand Poobah’s estimation, the most hilarious potential Baja Ha-Ha crew at the Fall Crew List Party on September 6 in Sausalito.

They’d called the Poobah up the previous day wanting to know exactly where the Crew List Party was going to be in San Diego. They were shocked to discover it wasn’t in San Diego, as big sister Machelle had thought, but in the Bay Area.

Despite the fact these young women, 20 and 26 respectively, were over 500 miles from the party site and not overburdened with money, they weren’t going to be denied. "Don’t worry," they assured the Poobah, not asking for sympathy or assistance, "we’re rolling with the punches and we’ll be there."

Sure enough, they showed up. Twenty-year-old Cheryl handed the Poobah her business card, which read, "Cheryl Yutzy, The Jane of All Trades, Young & Ambitious." Love it! These two are going places, and we don’t mean just the Ha-Ha.

Here’s how they describe themselves for those of you who are looking for high-energy, albeit inexperienced, crew:

"My name is Cheryl. I’m 20 and an environmental activist who loves to surf and live simple. The energetic little sister with all the great ideas. (Like doing the Ha-Ha!)," Cheryl wrote. 

"My name is Machelle. I’m 26, a gluten-free, green-minded yogi with a passion for horticulture and farming. I’m conditioned and comfortable with manual labor, sustainable gardening, and sunshine. The strategic big sister with the direction," Machelle said. 

"Our slight detour to the wrong city was clearly not planned by my strategic big sister," said Cheryl, "but we know how to roll with the punches and make a good time out of it regardless! If it’s not a blessing, it’s a lesson, which is still a blessing in disguise!

"We’re from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and we’ve been backpacking through California for two months until the start of the Ha-Ha. We have never sailed before, but we are willing and eager to learn! This trip has been on our Bucket List ever since our first big trip together three years ago in Hawaii where we first heard about the rally. This is the year we finally get to check it out.

"Regardless of what happens or where we end up, we have faith that the opportunity and moment will reveal itself to us when the time is right. I believe Kina’ole is the word I’m looking for. It’s a Hawaiian word that means doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right person, the right way, for the first time without expectations."

The Poobah knows these two are going to be successes at whatever they want to do in life because they obviously missed out on the Entitlement and Victimhood genes that are crippling so many young people today.

If the Yutzy sisters sound like potentially good crew, you can contact them at Just don’t make Machelle navigator. If they can’t get a ride on any other boat, the Poobah will sure as heck find a place for them on Profligate.

A number of other folks have written us asking to better publicize their desire to crew on the Ha-Ha. Here’s your opportunity to get your name out in ‘Lectronic. Send your name, sailing experience rated on a scale of 1-10, and email address to Nothing else. And we’ll see if we can’t get it published in a week or so.

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