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the way. We'll probably Bash back north in May. And who knows, maybe we'll see you at the starting line of this fall's Baja Ha-Ha 17. Connie & Rick Hedrick Rhino, Westsail 32 Dana Point Connie and Rick — Thanks for the kind words. We're glad things worked out for you. The Sea is truly an amazing place, and the people of Mexico are wonderful. If you decide to do the Ha-Ha again, you won't be the only repeaters. Among just the 23 or so boats in the recent Sea of Cortez Sailing Week, at least seven of them told us there is a very good chance they'll be doing the Ha-Ha again this fall. That would include Braveheart, Bob Callaway's Pleasant Harbor, WA-based MacGregor 65; Talion, Patsy Verhoeven's La Pazbased Gulfstar 50; Moontide, Bill Lily's Newport Beach-based Lagoon 470; Adios, Craig Shaw's Portland-based Columbia 43; RotKat, Arjan Bok's San Francisco-based Lidgard 43 cat; and, of course, Profligate. San Diegans Barritt Neal and Renee Blaul, two of the crew on Profligate for SOCSW, will also be doing the Ha-Ha aboard their Peterson 44 Serendipity. It will be Barritt and his boat's third Ha-Ha. ⇑⇓TOUGH TRIP, TOUGH DECISION My wife and I own a 38-ft cruising sailboat. For the last couple of years, we've planned to sail her to Mexico this fall, cruise the mainland coast during the winter, and over a few seasons of intermittent fall/winter/spring cruising, move her through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean, where we'd likely cruise around. But because of a job change, we've relocated to the Great Lakes, and are reconsidering our plan. In fact, we're thinking of shipping our boat to Chicago, sailing the Great Lakes for a couple of seasons, then heading out the St. Lawrence and down to the Caribbean. We're on the fence about the options and are open to advice. One of the bigger trade-offs we're exploring is how challenging the sailing would be heading eastward through the canal and Caribbean, compared to sailing down the St. Lawrence, the Atlantic Coast/ICW, and what would most likely be a sweep south then west in the Caribbean. Anyone at Latitude willing to give their advice? Doug Kuch Tranquility, Island Packet 380 Mountain View Doug — Let us preface our response by saying that we'd toss the St. Lawrence Seaway out of the equation and replace it with the 175-year-old Erie Canal, which would save something like 1,500 miles on an Atlantic route to the Caribbean. There are 34 locks in the Erie Canal between Lake Erie and the Hudson River, but the locks are long, wide and deep enough. We're also told that it's a spectacularly beautiful trip in the summer and fall. The only downside is that you'd have to drop the mast and carry it on deck for the duration of the Erie Canal, as the vertical clearance gets down to 15 feet between Lake Erie and Three Rivers. As we see it, you're basically asking us which is less challenging, getting to the Eastern Caribbean from Panama, or getting there from somewhere — Rhode Island, Virginia or Florida — on the East Coast. In our opinion it's a real toss-up, as all four routes can be challenging. Panama Canal to St. Martin — This one is about 1,300 miles rhumbline, but there's no way you're going to go rhumbline against the relentless trades and adverse current. One viable

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Latitude 38 May 2010  

The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 May 2010  

The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.