Baja Ha-Ha - transiting Thunderbird 2 to Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Event Description

We plan to sail Thunderbird 2 in the 20th Baja Ha-Ha and then points south to supply and join Thunderbird 1 at our North Americas Pacific station base in Zihuatanejo.

Join this Group if you're interested! We hope to have up to 10 crew for various stages of this voyage.

This is a huge event. We have the serious side of putting our vessel in disaster relief service, transporting tons of schoolkid's supplies to Zihuatanejo for the underprivileged children there (Por Los Ninos) and supplying our currently operational boat Thunderbird 1 with spares and goods.

But the fun is not only the joyous 1,500 nautical mile downwind sailing voyage, but also the events along the way (an example of the Baja Ha-Ha events below).

Thunderbird 2 will be commanded by IRG Founder The Captain. We will be sharing food, fuel and other expenses during this trip, including the event's entry fee of $375. You will be responsible for your personal travel to either the San Francisco or San Diego departure points and return home.

A deposit of $500 will secure a berth, please message The Captain first and you will receive a sign-up form!

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 24, 2013 at 4:34pm


October 28, 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 XX. 
View a diagram of the parade route here. For more information, contact the San Diego Port Tenants Association, (619) 226-6546.

October 28, 11:00 a.m. - 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!

October 31, Halloween! - No-host party at Vera Cruz Restaurant in fabulous downtown Turtle Bay.

November 1 - 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 2, 8:00 a.m. - Start of Leg Two to Bahia Santa Maria.

November 4 - 'Bahia Santa Maria Day' - a lazy layday meant for relaxing and exploring the Bay.

November 5 - Hiking, beach walking, sports and beach party - if surf permits - at Bahia Santa Maria.

November 6, 7:00 a.m. - Start of Leg Three from Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas.

November 7 - '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 8 - 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 9 - Awards Presentations hosted by Cabo Marina adjacent to the fabulous launch ramp in Cabo. Maybe there will be a couple rounds of free beer again this year - but you never know.


November 20, 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 XX participants; everyone welcome.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 24, 2013 at 4:33pm


September 4, 4:30-6:00 p.m. - Mexico Cruising Seminar, featuring presenters from Mexico marinas. Free! At Encinal YC in Alameda.

September 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. - Mexico-Only Crew List Party and Baja Ha-Ha Reunion, Encinal YCin Alameda. Free for Captain and First Mate from each 2013 paid entry; $7 for everyone else. There will be a no-host bar, door prizes, and free snacks. Mexico cruising experts will also be on hand.

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 27 in San Diego.)

October 19, noon-4:00 p.m. - Ha-Ha Welcome to San Diego Party hosted by Downwind Marine. They will provide hot dogs, chili, chips, salsa and soft drinks - as well as info on Mexican cruising. Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert if possible. At Downwind Marine, 2804 Canon St., San Diego, (619) 224-2733. Ha-Ha entrants only, please. The store will also be open normal hours, 8:30-5:00, for your shopping enjoyment.

October 26, 5:00 p.m. - Pacific Puddle Jump Seminar which 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 27, 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 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 27, 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 27, 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.

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