Packing it up and heading to San Diego for a sail down the coast of Baja California, Mexico. The land of California existed as a myth among European explorers before it was discovered. The earliest known mention of the idea of California was in the 1510 romance novel Las Sergas de Esplandián by Spanish author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The book described the Island of California as being west of the Indies, "very close to the side of the Terrestrial Paradise; and it is peopled by black women, without any man among them, for they live in the manner of Amazons."
This will be my 6th trip down this amazing coast. I have seen whales, thousands of dolphins, the green flash, met some very cool sailors and had a flying fish sail in to my crotch as I watched a sunrise north of Cabo. I will be joining 600 other folks and up to 170 boats on the Baja Haha sailing rally. This is the 23rd edition of the adventure. The Grand Poobah, Richard, had been cruising down to Mexico a few times when he realized that when hurricane season ends on November 1, hundreds of boats were departing for the warmer climes of Mexico and beyond, why not get them all together in a group and have some good times along the way. This is the largest sailing rally on the west coast. It is run as a fun race with starting lines and finish lines. You keep your own time and motoring is allowed if the wind is lite. Prizes are awarded to the division winners but everyone is a winner here. The rally begins on Monday, October 31 and ends on the 10th of November at the southern tip of Baja at Cabo San Lucas. Some boats will bash back up to Cali after the race and many more with continue to the South Pacific, as well as the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. Others will complete a lap around the planet. The weather looks good (70's -80's), the last hurricane of the season is starting to dissipate, and the winds should be 12-18 knots most of the afternoons. I am really looking forward to joining my boat, a CT 38 and crew in SD. See you there!
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