Thunderbird 1 is now registered in the Baja Ha-Ha with four crew, Jack (Captain), Jenni, Evelyne and Leah. We can add two more crew over the next month and I leave that to the Captain from this point onwards. Crew, I now officially hand it over to you four to coordinate and think of everything that needs to be done. Here's the official schedule, but I copy the important parts of it for IRG at the bottom of this update. All, please read the Notice of Rally.
Crew photos - this is officially required - please, ASAP, email to me high resolution pictures of yourselves, preferably at least one on Thunderbird 1, but send multiple pictures. I have to collect them and send them to Latitude 38 as part of the entry package.
I repeat from the Baja Ha-Ha website: "Please read this Safety Statement thoroughly: The Baja Ha-Ha is a high-risk activity both on shore and at sea, and therefore each person must accept full responsibility for his/her safety. Everyone must understand they cannot expect any outside assistance from anyone or any government agency during the Ha-Ha. All entries must be self-reliant. Furthermore, medical care is virtually non-existent along the route. Please accept this statement before going any further."
I'm very proud of you all, I know you'll be a great crew and spread the word for IRG, sign up IRG Reserve boats, and generally be the best ambassadors you can be.
Excerpt from Schedule with key IRG dates
IRG: October 7th - Departure from San Francisco, weather permitting. Stopping at various Yacht Clubs to make presentations. Suggest Jenni and I coordinate on that?
October 20 - 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. From noon until 4 p.m. at Downwind Marine, 2804 Canon St., San Diego, CA 92106; (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 28, 9 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 28, 11 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 29, 10 a.m. - Baja Ha-Ha Kick-Off Parade. Complete schedule:
11:00 a.m. - America's Cup starting gun begins Baja Ha-Ha 19.
October 29, 11 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!
November 1 - No-host party at Vera Cruz Restaurant in fabulous downtown Turtle Bay.
November 2 - Famous Turtle Bay Beach Potluck Party from 10 a.m. until sundown. Be careful landing your dinghy - you don't want to be dumped and have your outboard chop you up!
November 3, 8 a.m. - Start of Leg Two to Bahia Santa Maria.
November 5 - 'Bahia Santa Maria Day' - a lazy lay day meant for relaxing and exploring the Bay.
November 6 - Hiking, beach walking, sports and beach party - if surf permits - at Bahia Santa Maria.
November 7, 7 a.m. - Start of Leg Three from Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas.
November 10 - 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.
It's official, Thunderbird 1 is registered number 130 out of a fleet of 131! Also, IRG Reserve vessel Kind Blue (http://members.internationalrescuegroup.org/profile/JeromeoJeromeo) is registered number 115.
Our plan is to call all Yacht Clubs along the passage, especially in the Santa Barbara Channel, to offer a presentation (and request a free docking space for the night!). At a minimum, I hope we can book the below list. We have a nice presentation that can be done from a laptop to projector, and we can print out flyers. We also have a SQUARE account and can collect credit card payments by smartphone.