Baja haha 2015/Info for first timers/San Diego to Cabo

Baja haha 2015 – If one day a sailboat rally is in your future then we highly recommend joining the Baja haha. Start by downloading a free First Timers Guide. 

We joined the class of the 22nd running that departed San Diego on Oct 27 and arrived in Cabo on Nov 7th 2015. The cost to join was $375.00. 

Was it worth it to be a trawler in a sea of 150 sailboats; when we are only one of two powerboats? Short answer Yes.

We ourselves were sailors for ten years on a Hunter 40. Sailors are way more fun. Everyone is sociable, friendly, well-travelled, and you easily make new friends, in the shortest possible time.


Leg 1 for us started at Ensenada to Turtle Bay with a distance of 282 miles. At 7 knots, we averaged 1.4 gph for 40 hours of motoring. Still, faster sailboats beat us to the end of leg 1.

Leg 2 starts at Turtle bay to Bahia Santa Maria also known as Mag Bay.

Even though on board I carry two hundred gallons of diesel per engine (Ford Lehman twin diesels) I also carried an additional 45 gallons of diesel fuel in three 15 gallon Mexican jugs; these jugs came from LaPaz on a catamaran that I met in Los Angeles. The sailor sold me the three fuel jugs for $15.00.  He also sold me his secondary anchor for $65.00.

We departed the next morning at 0700 hours on a Saturday with a planned arrival on Sunday. We dropped anchor at 1100 hours in Turtle bay; 32 hours of motoring.  

Turtle Bay is the only stop available for fuel. You do not want to miss it. Mag Bay is where we kicked back and enjoyed the scenery and waited for the pangas to take us to an organized event beach party.

Leg 3. Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas. 180 miles – the final stretch.

We departed with the fleet at 0700 (the weather was windy for the sailors) on Wednesday and arrived the following morning at Cabo at around 0700; we kept motoring for another 20 miles north to Puerto Los Cabos.  

The best marina that we have stayed in since leaving Portland, Oregon is Puerto Los Cabos.


Trip total for the Baja HaHa is 767 roughly or under 800 miles.  Most boats can do this.  This year a 19′ sailboat by the name of BlueBird did the trip.  The second smallest boat was an Island Packet 27′.  The largest boat is a catamaran 65′; the next largest I believe is a monohull 52′.

The second powerboat in the fleet is a Nordhaven 40′ power boat. This boat is made to go around the world. Ours isn’t, it’s more a coastal cruising boat.

Our boat is a 1985 Defever trawler with a 1,000 mile range.