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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Arrival in Turtle Bay

We arrived in Turtle Bay, our first stop in Mexico, this evening at 9:15 p.m., which makes for a 57 hour trip, I think. Today was rocking and rolling, with winds in the 25 knot range, and huge (for me) wind waves. Calou was surfing down the fronts of these waves at 10 knots. We put in a reef late in the afternoon, and still managed 9 knots.

We were met by dolphins, hundreds of them, playing with our bow wave, and jumping in the air. John in the forepeak could hear them "talking".

Due to the very rough conditions, it was difficult to cook, but I volunteered for galley duty, warming up some chili con carne that we had cooked in advance and vacuum sealed, and cooking some green beans in the pressure cooker.

The forecast is for winds to build to 35 knots the next few days, but thankfully we'll be on the hook in Turtle Bay.

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11/02/2006 | michael gallagher
I was looking for info on the Ha Ha's trip down, and ran across your site. My wife and I will be heading down mid Dec. about the time your returning. I didn't know about this sailing blog site. It seems great. The position map and link to Google earth are enjoyable. We were looking for some kind of a web site, this looks like the answer. How has it been working for you?
11/02/2006 | Darroll Morehouse
Hi Bruce, glad to hear you made it into Tortuga. Sounds like a good ride down. Please say hi to Mike and Marilyn, owners of Lady Hawke, Mariner 50, if you see them. Tell them I'm watching them.
11/02/2006 | Ryan Bickford
Nice blog. Found it looking for saing overlays on google earth since my parents are doing the baja ha ha too (Yachtsman's Dream, 43 ft Catamaran). Have fun.
Another night passage

It's 2:30 a.m. and we are now surfing at 8.5 knots, the winds are 20 to 25 knots dead astern. The wind waves are big enough to toss the boat around, however the autopilot is holding course very well. We put up the lee cloths on the bunks so teh crew doesn't fall out. The sky is moonless again, as it set long ago. Navigation is primarily by radar.

Blips appear on the screen, then disappear, then reappear, in the same spot in the upper right quadrant, range about 2 miles. But there are no lights to be seen. Must be Mexican fishermen. I changed course by 20 degrees, once, to dodge such a blip. No boat was seen.

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11/01/2006 | steve brazington
sounds like you have good sailing.My wife is on the blackwatch a c&c 39 her name is Carol a pretty blond If you see her tell her I miss her. Good luck, Steve Brazington
11/01/2006 | ribkoffs
Reading your blog reminds me of our passage last year... much the same. The Mexican fishing boats are really interesting and there are also Mexican Navy out there and it can get strange when you are trying to reconcile what you see on the radar with the lights you see. Seen any cruise ships at all? We saw quite a few and when we made radio contact all the captains were great and steered clear of the Ha Ha group.

Fari Winds!
Happy Halloween!

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

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)

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

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.

Baja Ha Ha 2005 Alum
CYC members

the party never stops when you are a Corinthia

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Haha party

So, apparently they made it from Catalina..

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