Sundance - SF to Cabo & La Paz

The seventeenth annual Baja HaHa race from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and on to La Paz. Departing San Francisco 10/18/2010, returning 1/20/2011.

Vessel Name: Sundance
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau M38
Hailing Port: San Francisco
Crew: Capts. Richard Donker and David Rempel
06 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego
04 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego
03 January 2011
02 January 2011
23 December 2010 | At anchor north of La Paz
26 November 2010 | Punta Evaristo
26 November 2010 | Agua Verde
19 November 2010
18 November 2010
17 November 2010
14 November 2010 | La Paz, MX
12 November 2010 | La Paz Marina
11 November 2010 | La Paz Malecon
10 November 2010 | La Paz Marina
09 November 2010 | Bahia de los Muertos
09 November 2010 | Off Punta Colorada
09 November 2010 | Pulmo Reef
08 November 2010 | Off Punta Colorada
08 November 2010 | Bahia Frailes
08 November 2010
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06 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego

"The Bash"

The crew for the Sundance Baha Bash was David Rempel, Bob Woolf, Rich Seifert, Loree and Evan Koch. Left San Jose del Cabo December 31 at 5pm and arrived in San Diego 6 days later, Jan 6th at 5pm. Some bashfullness with 20-25 knt winds on the nose in first few days accompanied by seasickness, but overall, great weather. Ran out of fuel 3 knots from the entrance to Turtle Bay at 8pm, so tacked into the bay into a 1-3 knt headwind, arriving at 11pm and dropping anchor. New moon so stars were out in force. Jupiter and it's moons were visible at dusk to the west and Venus to the east in the morning. The last 2 days, the seas were flat with gentle rollers. We motored about 90% of the way. Visited by 2 schools of hundreds of dolphins who rode the bow wave. A grey or blue swam right under the boat then with us for a few seconds. Sailed toward whale tail sign for 5 minutes - tail sticking straight up and slapping on the water. When we got close, it dove. Loree and Evan swam after the boat with a tow. Great company and good food.

04 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego

Whale Tail

On the bash up we saw a tail sticking up out of the water

03 January 2011


Just pulling into Turtle Bay at midnight. Will anchor and fuel up in am. Saw a whale holding it's tail in the air for 10 minutes as we approached. Occasionally, whacking the tail on the water. Got a picture. Also sailed through a fleet of about 1000 dolphins, many of whom played on our bow wave. [...]

02 January 2011

log from Baja day 2.5

Day 2.5: The motor has been humming for all but 2 hours since we started. That is a good thing. The winds the last few days have been light and the sea generally flat. The forecast for the next 2 days is the same. So we are lucky, and hope that our luck lasts until this Thursday or Friday when we expect [...]

23 December 2010 | At anchor north of La Paz

San Jose del Cabo northbound

Thanks to advice from Alan and Kate and weather faxes we did an overnight sail Tuesday from San Jose del Cabo to the bay between Isla del Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. We were trying to beat a nasty Northerner wind expected to arrive Thursday (today). On the way up we had no wind untl 4am (of course) [...]

26 November 2010 | Punta Evaristo

Thanksgiving 2

Still Thanksgiving, but several hours later. We had a 44NM run today with spinnakers ablaze until the 'Northerner' got to be too much to handle. We're now on the hook inside Punta Evaristo (24 54.818N 110 42.133W). Saw some great aerial displays from dolphins on the way down. Boat is going great; [...]

Second stop

09 November 2010 | Bahia de los Muertos
We met up with a few more boats at our second overnight stop in Bahia de los Muertos, or Bay of the Dead. Not wanting to know too much about the reason for that name, we instead struck up conversations with others that dropped by in their dinghies. They came to invite us for drinks at the little bar and grill just up from a small dinghy dock. There, the topic immediately became fishing and, since we were the boat with the fish, I was surrounded by the others wanting to know our secret. I held court for as long as I figured I could get away with it and then confessed that Rudi had all the secrets. Several others were staying the following day to explore the area including a small luxury hotel owned by a wealthy retiree as a place to display his collection of Lionel model trains, supposedly the largest collection in the world. He had his own cell tower there so I was able to check in at home.
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