Important Dates, 2016
May 2 – Online registration opens at noon.
September 7, 4-6 p.m. – Free Mexico Cruising Seminar presented by Dick Markie of Paradise Village Marina and Geronimo Cervallos of Marina El Cid. Free! With free beer for the first 100 attendees and door prizes. Downstairs at Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda.
September 7, 6-9 p.m. – Mexico-Only Crew List Party and Baja Ha-Ha Reunion upstairs at Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda. There will be a no-host bar, door prizes, and free snacks. Mexico cruising experts will also be on hand. Free for paid 2016 Baja Ha-Ha skippers and first mates; $7 cash at the door for everyone else.
September 15, midnight - Deadline for all entries to be received by Baja Ha-Ha, LLC. This includes all bios, photos, payment, as well as Skippers Release of Liability and Crew Waivers from each crew member. (Last minute crew deletions/additions can be made on October 30 in San Diego.)
October 22, noon-4:00 p.m. – Ha-Ha Welcome to San Diego Party hosted by Downwind Marine.
October 29, 5:00 p.m. – Pacific Puddle Jump Seminar will give an overview of issues relating to the passage from Mexico to French Polynesia, and inter-island cruising there. Digital slide show presentation with informational handouts. Inside West Marine, 1250 Rosecrans St, San Diego; (619) 225-8844.
October 30, 9:00 a.m. – Final deadline for all Skipper and Crew Waivers to be turned in at the Ha-Ha Rally Center inside West Marine (last-minute crew changes/additions only; others should be mailed in earlier). Staff will be set up from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. ONLY to accept Waivers. If all your Release & Waiver forms aren’t in prior to the start, you can apply for reinstatement at Turtle Bay. 1250 Rosecrans St, San Diego; (619) 225-8844.
October 30, 11:00 a.m. – Skippers' meeting inside West Marine. Final Rally Instructions will be handed out and questions answered. Skippers only, please. 1250 Rosecrans St, San Diego; (619) 225-8844.
October 30, 1:00 p.m. – The Annual Ha-Ha Halloween Costume Party and BBQ in the West Marine parking lot. Co-hosted by West Marine and Mexico Tourism. Come in costume! Skipper and First Mate get T-shirts, hats, tote bags and other souvenirs, as well as a free Mexican ‘tune-up’ dinner. Dinner and beverages for additional crew is $10. T-shirts and other souvenirs will be for sale. 1250 Rosecrans St, San Diego; (619) 225-8844.
October 31, 10:00 a.m. – Baja Ha-Ha Kick-Off Parade. Complete schedule:
9:00 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 XXIII.
View a diagram of the parade route here.
October 31, 11:00 a.m. – Halloween! Start of Leg One 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!
November 3, noon – BHH baseball game at Turtle Bay. Evening: No-host party at Vera Cruz Restaurant in fabulous downtown Turtle Bay (Bahia Tortugas).
November 4 – Famous Turtle Bay Beach Potluck Party from 11 a.m. until sundown. Be careful landing your dinghy – you don't want to be dumped and have your outboard chop you up!
November 5, 8:00 a.m. – Start of Leg Two to Bahia Santa Maria.
November 7 – 'Bahia Santa Maria Day' – a lazy layday meant for relaxing and exploring the Bay.
November 8 - Hiking, beach walking, sports and beach party – if surf permits – at Bahia Santa Maria.
November 9, 7:00 a.m. – Start of Leg Three from Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas.
November 10 – '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 11 – 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 12 – Awards Presentations hosted by Cabo Marina adjacent to the fabulous launch ramp in Cabo.
November 22, 4:00-7:00 p.m. – La Paz Beach Party at La Costa Restaurant. Mexican folk dancing, live music, food and drinks, door prizes, more. Free for the first 50 Baja Ha-Ha XXIII participants; everyone welcome.