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Baja HaHa Day 4

31 October 2014 | Current location: Bahia Tortuga (Turtle Bay) 27? 41.1'N 114? 53.2'W
Vandy Shrader
Happy Halloween! As I write this, the sun has set in the anchorage. Many boats?ours included?have candy to hand out to trick-or-treating cruising kids when they come by in their dinghies. Boats with candy to distribute have extra lights on, so the kids will know. We have our blue party lights on in the cockpit, in addition to our usual anchor light at the top of the mast.

This morning, we listened to the morning radio net; had yummy smoothies for breakfast, made with fresh bananas, frozen blueberries, raspberry kefir, coconut milk, and some protein powder provided by Sean's wife, Jen; and downloaded the latest GRIB files (which show wind and wave predictions) over the single sideband radio, to get a first look at what the weather will be like for the next leg of the Haha, which begins at 8 am tomorrow. It looks like there'll be enough wind to sail all the way to Bahia Santa Maria, about 235 miles. The current prediction has us traveling for just about two days, so we should only have one set of night watches, tomorrow night.

This afternoon, we took the dinghy to the beach for the Baja Haha Beach Party and Potluck. It was a blast! We hung out with friends, met some new ones, ate some food, and watched cruisers coming and going through the surf in their dinghies (it's a spectator sport, complete with whoops and cheers when things go well, and groans when things go awry). One dinghy got flipped completely over by a wave, dumping its occupants into the water, and scattering all their belongings. Bummer! A bunch of cruisers immediately ran to help. The dumped occupants were okay, but very soggy. As were their belongings.



I am happy to report that we successfully landed on the beach AND left the beach?on the first try this time! Eric and I were glad that we had practiced our landings and launchings at Cojo. Sean was probably glad, too.

Some of the local townspeople came in their cars to watch the crazy Gringos. Boys from the town helped cruisers launch and land their dinghies, and pangueros ferried cruisers who'd opted to ride in pangas, rather than bring their dinghies. Seán convinced a couple of pangueros to let him drive their panga out in the bay for awhile (under their supervision).

After a few hours enjoying the beach, we headed back to SCOOTS in the dinghy. The wind had picked up, the water was choppy, and we got drenched! Eric commented that we would have been drier if we had swum back to the boat, and he was right! When we got back to SCOOTS, we all rinsed off in fresh water on the swim step, then changed into dry clothes. Then we put the dinghy back on the deck, lashed it down in preparation for leaving tomorrow, and got ready for the trick-or-treaters.

Speaking of trick-or-treaters, I have to go now; I hear another dinghy approaching...
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Vessel Name: SCOOTS
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Eric and Vandy Shrader
About: We've been living aboard full time since September 2014. We sailed to Mexico with the 2014 Baja Haha and had fun exploring Mexico until April 2016, when we turned SCOOTS west and headed to the South Pacific. As of late Nov. 2016, SCOOTS and her crew are exploring New Zealand.
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