Last year, the Latitude 38 Baja Ha-Ha had 172 entries. For those of you who don't know about the Baja Ha-Ha, this is a long-standing cruiser's rally from San Diego, USA to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Many of these boats and crews continue to cruise Mexico and elsewhere. Some continue to circumnavigate the world.
The starting line is October 28th at San Diego, concluding November 10th at Cabo San Lucas.
One of the goals of IRG is to engage cruising boats and captains globally; it is estimated that there are 10,000 cruising vessels at any time. If we can sign up just 1% as IRG-affiliated rescue boats, that means we will be able to claim that we have 100 boats available for rescue missions, plus our own Thunderbird 2. If we can engage 10% of the cruising community, that would mean we can call upon 1,000 boats for help in humanitarian aid projects, coordinating over the world-wide-web.
We believe that we can raise the awareness of what we are attempting to do, and even sign up a good proportion of the Baja Ha-Ha yachts along the way. We anticipate having a large crew of fun volunteers aboard Thunderbird 2 to spread the word amongst the fleet - watch this space!
Our plan is to have the most fun you can have on a boat, raise awareness of our mission, gain some publicity (all good, we hope!) and commence our cruise to the South China Seas to get our first rescue boat on location and operational by early 2013.