BAJA HA-HA XXV, PT 2 W
e bring you part two of this year's selection of Baja Ha-Ha profiles. Notes: * Indicates the number of people 18 or under on the boat. + Indicates the number of times someone on the crew has done a HaHa. This is not exact. When someone is referred to as a 'wife', it is not meant to suggest anything but an equal partner in a relationship. (W) indicates that the boat will be sailing using just white sails as opposed to gennakers or spinnakers. In many cases both the boat's hailing port and the owner's city of residence or work is listed. In many cases crewmembers changed between the time the boat signed up and the Ha-Ha started, so there will be errors. All bios were written by the Grand Poobah, who is responsible for, and who regrets, any errors.
Mermaid Magnet — Jeanneau 54 Mark A. Balent Ensenada / Englewood, CO Mark, 64, an HVAC expert, will be sailing south with friends Gary Cielinski, also retired from the HVAC industry, John Allen, 55, who retired from the electronics world, and Scott Boehm, 56, who is in the automation world. Mark has been sailing since he was 8 years old, and over the years, he's owned four boats, including the curiously named Mermaid Magnet, which he's had for just 18 months — he says it's pretty much a stock Jeanneau 54. Having written less than half of the bios so far, the Poobah is stunned at Page 84 •
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how many 49to 59-ft Jeanneaus, Beneteaus, and Sun Odysseys there are in the HaHa this year. Surely a record number. In any event, MM is Mark's dream boat, one that he sailed nonstop from Alameda to Chula Vista. His sailing hero is John Paul Jones, father This year's 25th Anniversary Baja Ha-Ha was played out of San Diego Bay by of the US Navy, a mariachi band. who came up erboats. We bought Nomad in 2011, with Mark's favorite quote: "I have not and her hull is a custom metallic blue." yet begun to fight." Mark is partial to She looked great when they did the '16 key lime pie, a slice of which he'd enjoy Ha-Ha and '17 Pacific Puddle Jump. eating while at his dream cruising desCruising Nomad is a far cry from tination of Croatia. when, in 1980, the couple spent three years cruising their beloved 34-ft teak Narcissus — Bene Oceanis 352 (W) ketch to New Zealand and back. Not only Rob de la Cruz was the boat much slower, but there San Francisco / Discovery Bay + was no GPS, Rob, 55, a "captain/CEO" with a no SSB, no In100 Ton Master license, will be sailing Reach, no efsouth with friend Jessica Abrams, a fifective EPIRB, nancial planner, plus crew who were to and no decent be named later. weather reAlthough Rob has been a professionports. al mariner who has owned a total of 32 Howard reboats — down to just 14 right now — portedly has a he's only been sailing for two months. split personalDespite having 1,150 miles under powity. When runer, and just 62 under sail, he's looking ning the boatforward to doing a five-year circumnaviyard, he's Mr. gation as soon as he "gets his wings." Serious. But Don't laugh, as others have had this once at sea, plan, and it has worked. he transforms After the Ha-Ha, Rob will sail his into "easygoboat back to San Diego, but have a deing Captain livery skipper take her the rest of the Hank." way back to the Bay Area. The boat The right-hander's favorite quote motto is from is, "It's better to remain silent and be the Wind in thought a fool than to speak and rethe Willows: move all doubt." His favorite dessert is 'Nomad' "Believe me, nectarine cobbler. my young friend, there is NOTHING, absolutely Nomad — Jeanneau SO 49 nothing half so much worth doing as Howard and Pam Bean simply messing about in boats." The Anacortes, WA ++ couple plan to spend the winter cruisHoward, 68, is the owner and maning Mexico. ager of a boatyard, while his wife Pam, we're sure, helps out. Osa — Lagoon 38 Cat (W) "We have been sailing since 1978," Brad Steele and Kate Gibson reports Howard, "and have owned three Ensenada / South Pasadena cruising sailboats and numerous pow-
The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.