It was a beautiful sight to see all the boats hoisting their sails and spinnakers to slowly leave San Diego in VERY light wind.
This annual event is a great opportunity for novice sailors and or those who haven't sailed far from port to literally get their feet wet. Like us, many of these sailors have been up and down the coast before. Some participate in the Ha-Ha every year to reunite with friends and get some salt in their hair. Others who are cruising for the first time find comfort in traveling with a group. Every morning we have a "net" on our VHF radios with the Grand Poobah. Each boat will check in advising their latitude and longitude, wind and wave conditions along with the condition of their crew and if they are having any sail/motor problems.........and any fish caught!
Our first top was Turtle Bay about 300 miles south and 2 1/2 days later. Beach dinghy landings are not my favorite, but it's the only way on and off shore. There is also the annual softball game where local participation is expected! The kids have a blast.
After Cabo, a lot of us ventured up into the Sea of Cortez which is between the Baja and mainland Mexico. Jacques Costeau named the Sea of Cortez "The Galapagos" of Mexico. The sea is full of healthy marine life. We took our time sailing north to La Paz where we hung out to celebrate Thanksgiving. A local restaurant hosted a party with local entertainment. These young dancers were all dolled up in their native costumes.