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Rudy's Pacific Odyssey
Finished Leg 1 - All safe and sound
10/29/2009, Turtle Bay

Due to the weather the organizers suggested that those with less experience or small kids might slip into a harbor overnight - many did. Those that sailed as we did saw winds up to 30 knots from the NW, waves 10-12 feet. In the early hours the wind died and there was some fog for a while. Then the wind came up and lasted for the rest of the time. A head shackle opened on our spinnaker and it dropped into the water. We pulled it in and it is now drying. After that we ran wing on wing sometime with 2 reefs. we crossed the finish line at 1540 and anchored in the bay just after dark.
We all enjoyed the sailing even though it was a bit challenging at times. Beats drifting around waiting for the breeze.
We saw whales as close as a boat length away and never thought of them as a threat, and many dolphins some of which accompanied us into the finish. (One of the boats was bumped by a pod of whales, but no-one was hurt and all have been rescued.)
It was good to anchor and get a restful sleep.
Having radio problems.
Dave


Leg 02: Baja HaHa
Leg 2 Begins
10/26/2009, San Diego

After a good breakfast and clean up we left the dock at 0900 and headed for the assembly area ready for the parade at 1000. While we were waiting the organizers did a role call to account for all of the entries. At the appointed hour we fell into line and motored past the officials and paraded out towards the starting area..

At the 1100 start time there was little wind so the starters called for a rolling start which consisted of motoring down course at about 6 knots, or until advised to sail,

8 minutes after 1100, the rolling start was called off and we were allowed to sail. We hoisted the spinnaker and set off on a starboard gybe.

The wind has freshened to 15 knots and our boat speed is about half of that. The water is blue and sun is warm. As Rudy said, "this is what I came here for."

As things look right now, we expect to carry the spinnaker all night. The forecast is for increasing winds up to 25 knots tomorrow
Dave

Anne here. Only just received this email so there is some delay in me receiving the information.

Leg 02: Baja HaHa
Sunny & Warm in SD
10/24/2009, SDYC

We are now at San Diego Yacht Club. Impressive digs! Yesterday we did our major shopping at Costco. We still need to get fresh veggies from Vons. We will get them tomorrow,as in Sunday (not ma┼łana - yet)
This morning Michael and I took Cruising With Rudy-101. Everything has its place, and if the boat did not come with one, Rudy designed and/or improvised something. He has done an amazing job of organizing his boat to make it efficient and functional. Now all we have to do is keep that way!. I passed my first practical test after breakfast by remembering where the fish slice is supposed to go. Seriously though, this is the way a well run yacht should be, with five people in a limited space things can soon get out of hand if some organization and discipline is not applied.
We reviewed the major components of our meals for the next two weeks including plans for the Potluck at Turtle Bay. After taking care of a few little jobs this morning and packing the sail locker, we are going to take time off to relax and maybe do a little sightseeing.

Dave

Leg 02: Baja HaHa
More than Shorts = overdressed
Dave
10/17/2009, San Diego

I just talked to Rudy. He's on a mooring at Shelter Island, relaxing having just finished dinner. Ray and Charlie - the remainder of the Leg 01 crew - left yesterday.

Michael Clemens arrives Wednesday, I come in on Thursday, Stig and Aleta arrive on Friday, I hear, to make up our Baja Ha-Ha crew.

"Weather is just balmy", he says. "have been in shorts since I arrived. A little fog overnight and in the morning, but that's about it". Forecast for the next week or so varies little. Life could not be better it seems!

Looking ahead, here's the *grueling schedule* for the 193 boat entry:

October 26, 10 a.m. - Baja Ha-Ha Kick-Off Parade. Complete schedule:

9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - South Bay boats pass San Diego to Harbor Island.

9:45 a.m. - All boats gather off America's Cup Harbor between Harbor Island and Shelter Island.

10:00 a.m. - Parade past southwest corner of Shelter Island past San Diego fireboat.

11:00 a.m. - America's Cup starting gun begins Baja Ha-Ha XVI.
View a diagram of the parade route here. For more information, contact the San Diego Port Tenants Association, (619) 226-6546.

October 26, 11 a.m. - Start of Leg One to Turtle Bay for all boats off Coronado Roads - about 90 minutes from Cabrillo Isle Marina. Wear your Halloween costume on the starting line and be eligible for a special prize!

October 29 - No host party at Vera Cruz Restaurant in fabulous downtown Turtle Bay.

October 30 - Famous Turtle Bay Beach Potluck Party from 10 a.m. until sundown. Be careful landing your dinghy - you don't want to be dumped and have your outboard chop you up!

October 31, 8 a.m. - Start of Leg Two to Bahia Santa Maria.

November 2 - 'Bahia Santa Maria Day' - a lazy lay day meant for relaxing and exploring the Bay.

November 3 - Hiking, beach walking, sports and beach party - if surf permits - at Bahia Santa Maria.

November 4, 7 a.m. - Start of Leg Three from Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas.

November 5 - 'Can't Believe We Cheated Death Again' dance and party madness for the young at heart at Squid Roe until the last body falls. Optional.

November 6 - Cabo Beach Party all afternoon on the beach and perhaps with bonfire into the evening. Details on the site and time to be announced later. Hopefully we'll get discounted food and drinks again this year. Either way, no problema for a fleet that knows how to have fun.

November 7 - Awards Presentations hosted by Cabo Marina adjacent to the fabulous launch ramp in Cabo. Maybe there will be a couple rounds of free beer again this year - but you never know.

Leg 02: Baja HaHa
10/19/2009 | Joe
This is a trophy you can win Rudy. Wish we were there to join you. Good luck in the race!
10/19/2009 | Joe
This is a trophy you can win Rudy. Wish we were there to join you. Good luck in the race!

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