2011-02-28

Video from leg 2 of the Baja Haha

Video from leg 2 of the Baja Haha 2010 - from Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria.

2011-02-27

Video from leg 1 of the Baja Haha

Finally getting around to putting together all of our video of the Baja Haha and cruising in Mexico. Here's the first segment: Leg 1 of the Baja Haha 2010 - from San Diego to Turtle Bay. Enjoy!

2011-02-16

We made it! Well, most of the way, anyway...

We've made it as far as Ensenada... For us, the Baja Bash didn't begin until the night before Ensenada, as the rest of the trip, while bumpy at times, wasn't bad at all. We'll write more later, but for now here's a quick synopsis and a few pictures from along the way and of Baja Bash carnage...

Our initial plan was to go to Cabo, update our crew paperwork, and check out of the country. We found out that it was a holiday due to elections, so we elected (haha) to skip Cabo and just do our crew paperwork and check out in Ensenada (this turned out to be a bit of a fiasco, but the full story on that will have to wait for another time).

The run from Cabo to Bahia Santa Maria was a super easy and pleasant trip. We saw at least 15 whales, and seas and winds were nice.

Next, from Bahia Santa Maria to Turtle Bay wasn't too bad. It was a bit lumpier, with a bit of pounding and bridge deck slamming, but other than making it a bit hard to sleep, wasn't too bad at all.

In Turtle Bay we went ashore and poked around, eating a late lunch at Veracruz hotel restaurant, which was pretty good.

Turtle Bay to San Quintin got a bit rougher, but despite the crossings notoriety, it wasn't too bad, other than some pounding and slamming. Trying to anchor in San Quintin was a bit exciting, as we arrived after dark and headed for the 'preferred' anchorage (according to 3 guide books) only to find water depth suddenly drop from 16' to 7' in a matter of seconds - long before we were at the anchorage. We quickly turned the boat around searching for deeper water, and went to another area of the anchorage where we were able to safely put the hook down for the night. Coming into strange anchorages at night is no fun at all.

The exciting part of the trip was from San Quintin to Ensenada. During the afternoon the wind and seas really started to build, and we took a real pounding all night. During 6 hours overnight, we only made a total of 6 miles, at times actually getting blown backward for a few seconds after crashing down a wave. We took massive amounts of water over the bow, flooding the cockpit and blowing out our portside trampoline. By morning things started to calm and we made it to Ensenada in the afternoon.

Now, our additional crew has headed back home and we are deciding exactly on the best plan of action for the boat and us, as Scott has to be back to work in less than two weeks.

Ron and DeWayn - Thank you guys SO MUCH for crewing. We could not have made it without you, and really appreciate the both of you a ton!

Here's a few pictures:

San Jose del Cabo, our starting point for the bash

Goodbye Cabo

Krill found on deck one morning

Our fabulous crew

Ensenada

Trampoline carnage from big waves

2011-02-04

Prepping for the Baja Bash, and a goodbye to all our cruising buddies

We are in San Jose del Cabo and preparing to do the 800 mile trip around the cape and back to San Diego. This trip is known as the Baja Bash for the pounding the boat and crew typically take on it, beating against the prevailing winds, waves, and swells for days at a time.

The weather has been downright nasty. It's 46 degrees outside as I write this, about the lowest temperature we've seen during our trip. On our run down from Bahia Frailes yesterday we saw 25-35kt winds, gusting above 40-  with breaking 6-10' seas. If we weren't going dead downwind, we would have stayed hunkered down in Frailes. Chris says this is just to remind us what sort of weather we'll get once we are back in the Bay Area. The good news is this should all dissipate over the next 48 hours and our weather window to go around the cape and start the bash North looks really good.

We left La Paz on Monday, stopping for a couple of days in Ensenada de los Muertos and a day in Bahia Frailes. We visited both of these anchorages on our trip up the cape, but it was a whole different experience this time around. On the trip up, we were with about a dozen other Baja Haha boats - swimming, snorkling, kayaking, walking on the beach, hanging out in the evenings with other hahaers for potlucks and beverages. This time around it was lonely - just us, and too cold to swim or do much of anything. On the trip up, we packed the cantina at Muertos full of hahaers all day long, but on the trip down we were the only customers in the place one night.

Maybe that's the hardest part of cruising - saying goodbye to all the buddy boats and friends met along the way. At some point cruising plans diverge and people go off in different directions. Some of our friends have crossed over to the mainland and gone South, while others have already gone back to the USA. Others are still cruising the Sea of Cortez, and many never even left La Paz. The good side is that "goodbye" really means "goodbye for now", as we seem to eventually run into our friends once again.

So, to all our Baja Haha and other cruising buddies: Goodbye for now, hope you have wonderful adventures and great cruising. We will meet again!

For us, we are switching from "cruising" to "delivery" mode for the bash, and working out the details of switching back to a 'normal' life back in the USA - at least for now, but we are already thinking Baja Haha 2013!

We'll certainly have stories and pictures of our bash to share when we get back, but until then wish us good weather and calm seas!
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