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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Passage to Turtle Bay (1)
Bruce
10/30/2006

The Baja Haha has officially started and we are on the first leg towards Turtle Bay. This leg will take about 3 days of nonstop sailing.

The winds are pretty much ideal, we are on a beam reach with about 10 knots of wind from the west. We're sailing with the jib and doing 7 knots.

We started about 45 minutes behind the fleet due to some delays at the fuel dock. But the Haha is elapsed time so this doesn't matter. Nevertheless, we have caught up with the fleet and are starting to pass boats.

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getting ready to leave San Diego
Bruce
10/30/2006

We had a nice time at the Baja Haha costume party out at Cabrillo Isle Marina, we saw Kim and Sharon Barr and their crew, and also Bill and Mary Finkelstein. Bill and Mary won first prize in the pirate costume category. Their regal dignity won out over the PG-13 antics of a few other pirate costume contestants. Pascale was dressed in a Tinkerbelle costume which got her selected as a contestant in the "Vixen" category. Francois and Antoine looked sharp in their pirate costumes. This morning we're up early to get ready for the rally, we have to refuel and do the radio check-in at 7:30. The starting gun is at 11:00. Next stop: Turtle Bay, Mexico.

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10/30/2006 | Heidi and Mark
Bonne Chance and Fair Winds in the Ha Ha. Enjoy all the parties and great fun that makes up the Ha Ha experience.

We'll look for your boat when we get back down to Mexico late this fall.

Crew of SV AQUARIUS
Baja Ha Ha 2005 Alum
CYC members
10/29/2006

the party never stops when you are a Corinthia

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Haha party
10/29/2006

So, apparently they made it from Catalina..

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Isla San Francisco
Bruce
10/28/2006

We're in the hook-shaped harbor of Isla San Francisco. This is a beautiful spot, the white beaches are full of shells, and the water laps at the beach gently like a small lake. We arrived mid afternoon, and spent the day on the beach relaxing, swimming and reading. The water is so clear you can see the bottom easily from the boat. Puffer fish crowd around us waiting for a hand-out. We throw them a piece of celery and they go for it, making little sucking sounds as they grab at it.

Tonight I made pizza, with tomatoes, chorizo, mozzarella and mexican queso.

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arrival at Cabo San Lucas
Bruce
10/28/2006

On our final approach to Cabo, we had 12 to 20 knots of wind on a broad reach, and ran the spinnaker all day. It was a perfect day for sailing! We crossed the finish line for Cabo at 1:35 PM and then tucked into the anchorage.

Cabo is a place of contrasts and monotony. The harbor is filled with hundreds of sport fishing boats, nearly all alike. Apart from the Baja haha fleet, sailboats are sparse. This must be because this area is unparalleled for its deep sea fishing opportunities. The restaurants and bars all have the "spring break" atmosphere. We spent the afternoon with the Baja Haha contingent at a bar on the beach called Mango, and the employees performed the most raunchy antics which were in extremely poor taste. The less said about this, the better.

We anchored the first night, but with 180 boats jockeying for anchorage, it was very tight. We awoke with our boat only 20 or so feet from another boat. so we pulled anchor and searched for an hour for a better spot to no avail. Finally on the VHF we found that we had been assigned a slip in the marina and we took it. The marina slip made it much easier to do the necessary shopping and checking into the authorities in Mexico for visa purposes.

Our friends Glenn and Rose from Fairfax CA, vacationing in Cabo, joined us for drinks at Mango, and John and I joined them for dinner at Rafael's(Pascale stayed on the boat with Francois who had a mild case of La Turista). Rafael's was excellent.

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fresh Dorado for lunch
Bruce
10/28/2006

We caught another fish today, a Dorado, a.k.a. dolphin fish, a.k.a. mahi mahi ( I think ). This one is about 3 feet long and weighs about 25 lbs. The fish is incredibly beautiful, when it is about to strike it puts on its aggressive colors, which are dayglow green and yellow, with iridescent blue spots towards the tail. Its color is so brilliant yellow-green, that when I was reeling it in I at first thought it was a piece of kelp. When resting the fish has iridescent blue and silver colorations.

After we brought the fish into the boat and clubbed it, we saw the brilliant green turn to deep blue before our very eyes in a matter of seconds.

I wish I could share the photos with you, but we're presently 35 miles off shore of the remotest parts of rural Baja, so there's no cell phone connection even remotely possible. As soon as we get into cell phone or internet range, I'll upload some photos.

We cut the Dorado into steaks, putting 2/3 of it in bags in the freezer, and the other third I'm cooking right now for lunch. Hmmm, how to cook mahi mahi? Grilling sounds good, but I'd rather barbeque when we're at anchor. So I heated a large pan with extra virgin olive oil, added the 4 steaks, then placed chopped red onions, crushed garlic, red salsa hasera, and the juice of 4 oranges on top. The whole thing is simmering right now.

We are saving the fish head, to use as bait when we get to Mag Bay. For what, you ask? Lobster. I brought our crab net.

Right now, it's 12:30 PM local time, we are due to arrive in Mag Bay around 13 hours from now. The water temperature, according to my depth sounder, is 82 degrees. Air temperature is about 95 degrees in the shade.

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en route to San Diego
Bruce
10/28/2006

We left Catalina Island at dawn and are motoring to San Diego. The wind is less than 3 knots and the sea is as flat as a billiard table. We are making 6.2 knots at 2000 RPM, and running against a 1 knot adverse current. It's starting to get warmer here.

We have two lures in the water but still no bites. Maybe there are no fish around here??

Our ETA at San Diego is about 6:30. We'll be staying at the San Diego Mariott Hotel Marina.

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