Saturday, November 12, 2016

cont. Baja Haha 2016
Quick recap.
At Cabo Marina. A few pics from the phone. Lots more later from the little Nikon.
Didn't dare bring the phone out at sea and risk a phone-overboard situation. No connection anyway, and fishes wouldn't have found it very useful...

Baja Haha 2016, fleet of over 150 leaving San Diego Bay on October 31.

Islas Coronados

Bahia Tortuga anchorage.
End of Leg 1.
Total ~340 miles. Sailed most of the way. 15-25 knot winds, from the back (North-Northwest)
Amazing sailing conditions (for a cat!, poor monohulls heaved side to side at 30 - 45 degree angles, while we just left our coffee cups on the counter.)

One of 2 beach restaurants at Bahia Tortuga.

Next stop, Bahia Santa Maria - all photos in Nikon. will download later.

Including, videos of friendly dolphins showing off, off our twin bows. Leaning off the bow while laying flat on the netting was the best viewing and arm-waving spot on the boat. One naughty dolphin did a precise summersault leap that splashed me thoroughly wet, then turned around to wave his flippers, "try beating that one!" Others leaped at safer distances away from our bows and showed off for the camera.

Leg 2 - 240 miles.
50% sailing. Wind slowed down to less than 8 knots after we were half way down the peninsula, motored most of the time from then on.

Approaching Cabo San Lucas.
End of Leg 3 - 180 miles.

Approaching Marina Cabo San Lucas. Too many slip requests, we only got a tie up at the N dock walkway, raft up. One boat, Strange Bird from Ventura, rafted off our starboard side. Captain Argan squeezed into our spot with just a foot or two at the front and back to spare.

Anchor lunch at Cabo Cantina, on us, for an excellent sailing adventure, on one of the best boats with one of the best crews (no drama, cool all the way).  Crew compliment- Captain Argan, Ben (stepson), Bjorn (back-up captain), Pauline (nightwatch duty from 2-sunrise and general purpose fokkeslask).
Anchor shots and lots of cerveza and margaritas all along the way.

Breakfast of champions at El Pollo restaurant, away from the tourist traps at the marina. US$10 for both of us. This at the marina would have been US$30-40.

SY Mai Tai, Lagoon 400, our trusty steed.  Calm and forgiving all the way.  She absorbed the relentless downwind conditions, surfed swells and waves, kept a steady ride.  Both engines performed as expected. No mechanical or health issues, unlike some of what we heard on the radio from various other boats during our daily morning check-ins.
It's a great way for sailors of various levels of experience to learn from each other and live the dream together, at this one point in time, thanks to the Grand Poobah.

Grand Poobah Richard's 62 foot cat and her swag. 23 years of Baja Haha-ing, and counting...