A parade of sailboats en route to Mexico delighted onlookers on Monday, October 28, 2013, in San Diego Bay.
The 20th Baja Ha-Ha sailing rally began with the colorful maritime parade of 200 vessels. The annual event is the largest off-shore cruisers rally on the West Coast. The two-week sailing cruise begins in San Diego and ends in Cabo
The kickoff took place off the shores of Shelter Island. From the shore and aboard nearby boats, thousands of spectators waved, a friendly send-off as the cruisers began their journey south. The 750-mile course includes stops in Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria before concluding in Cabo San Lucas. To support the popular event, the Port of San Diego set aside a free anchorage for registered participants.
The event, organized by Latitude 38 magazine, takes place every fall. This year's event will conclude on November 9.
About the Port:
The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.
The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 20 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.
The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.