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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Happy Halloween!
Bruce
10/31/2006

The is the second day on our passage to Turtle Bay. Happy Halloween, everyone! Pascale is sailing the boat while John and I get some needed rest. We're about 20 miles offshore of a place called Bahia San Quintin. The winds are averaging 20 knots with a broad reach from the starboard side, and we are doing about 7 knots under mainsail only. The skies are partly cloudy. We caught up with the fleet despite our 45 minute late start yesterday. We continue to pass lots of boats.

Pascale has a hard time doing galley duty today, because the seas are moderately large, so I've been cooking the meals and doing the dishes. Good thing I like to cook. For breakfast we had "eggs on toast", that is, scrambled eggs mixed with shredded cheese, on a piece of toasted bread like an open face sandwich. Ketchup or hot sauce optional. Plus hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for the kids. Once breakfast was put away I started on dinner. We had bought an eggplant in San Diego and it was getting ripe, so it was time to use it. I made "eggplant lasagna", that is, thinly sliced eggplant substitutes for the pasta in a traditional lasagna dish. Also in there was the meat sauce of beef, onions, garlic, tomatoes, basil. And I put spinach in some of the layers. And each layer had a mixture of ricotta and mozarella cheese. This cooked in the oven 2 hours at 400. We'll reheat it and enjoy it this evening.

Lunch was ham and cheese sandwiches, and celery sticks with peanut butter.

There's no going hungry on this boat!!

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Night Watch
Bruce
10/31/2006

It's 3 a.m., and I'm single handing while the rest of the crew sleeps. We have 18 to 20 knots of wind blowing from astern. I'm sailing under the mainsail alone and surfing at 6.5 to 7 knots. I am doing the midnight to 6 a.m. shift.

The Mexican fishing boats around here don't have your usual navigation lights. Just one, very bright white light. Some of them are invisible to radar. So it's best to keep a constant visual watch out.

This is a moonless night, and there are no cities on the coast, so the stars are very bright. You can clearly see the Orion Nebula with binoculars.

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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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