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Baja Ha Ha race start- lots of sailboats in the San Diego Bay

Baja Ha-Ha: Sailing soon from the San Diego Bay #Wonderfront

Baja Ha Ha race start- lots of sailboats in the San Diego Bay

The 26th annual Baja Ha-Ha is a two-week cruisers rally covering 750 miles from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The epic journey begins on the Port of San Diego Wonderfront where a contingent of boats, mostly sailboats, gathers off America’s Cup Harbor between Shelter Island and Harbor Island to listen for the starting gun.

Baja Ha Ha race start-a man waves to people on a sailboat

This year, participants begin their journey on November 3, 2019, sailing the seas of the Pacific for 13 days through November 16. The nearly two weeks of sailing includes two stops - the first will be at Bahia Tortuga (Turtle Bay) and the second at Bahia Santa Maria. 

Baja Ha Ha race start- participants are dressed in costumes

The Baja Ha-Ha welcomes families and encourages children of all ages to join the journey! Children can participate in the costume kick-off party and can talk to each other on the Kids VHF Channel while on the voyage. Throughout the event, children are welcome to enjoy the beach party, boogie boards, kayaks and biodegradable water balloons (to make sure we take care of our bay and ocean!). 

Baja Ha Ha race start- lots of sailboats in the San Diego Bay

The event is open to all boats designed for open-ocean sailing and over 27-feet in length. All Ha-Ha boats must be capable of long distance, two-way communication and have a minimum of two crew members. The ultimate goal of the cruisers rally is for everyone to get to Cabo safely and to have a great time sailing! As of 2018, approximately 3,300 boats and 11,000 participants have sailed in the Baja Ha-Ha.

Baja Ha Ha race start- photo shows people presenting a 10,000 dollar check to help liks

Participants in the Ha-Ha event, help raise money to purchase school lunches for needy children in Mexico. Last year, over $400 was raised and given to the Feed the Children program in Punta Mita. 

Baja Ha Ha race start- Port CEO, Randa Coniglio shakes hands with people

The Port of San Diego has been proud to help see the Baja Ha-Ha rally cruisers off from San Diego Bay each year from our shores and the public is invited to wave them off from America’s Cup Harbor. But rest assured, this is not the only opportunity to go sailing... San Diego Bay is home to over 20 marinas that offer charters, rentals and plenty of water recreation opportunities year-round. We welcome all boaters to enjoy the bay and our Wonderfront way of life.