More than 150 yacht crews from around the world set sail Monday as part of the West Coast’s largest sailing regatta, the Baja Ha-Ha.
This is the 26th year of the rally, with 153 yachts set to make the 750-mile voyage from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. Sailors from California, Oregon and Washington, along with some from as far away as Sweden and Australia, will join in.
At 10 a.m., the vessels will depart Shelter Island in a parade, with many crew members adorned in festive costumes. The parade will be led by the San Diego-based sportfishing vessel, Dolphin.
“The Port of San Diego eagerly looks forward to Baja Ha-Ha each year. This fun event celebrates camaraderie among the international sailing community, and is an important way to boost tourism,” said Garry Bonelli, chairman of the Port board. “Baja Ha-Ha showcases the partnership between San Diego and Mexico and raises awareness of the many recreational and visitor opportunities on both sides of the border.”
The Port of San Diego joins as a sponsor of the race, as do the Sportfishing Association of California and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego.
– Staff reports
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