Why not the Baja-Haha?

We had originally planned to join the boat rally  Baja Haha  . We had attended a very informative meeting in Sausalito and have met some nice folks, who were either sailing the Baja themselves, or were looking to join the boat as crew. It was flattering and almost a bit overwhelming on how much we were approached by people looking to accompany us, or other boat owners. We collected contact info and had received a nice Email shortly after from two sisters, who wanted to join us as there first pick.

Later we saw an advertisement on Latitude 38 and we dearly hope, that they have found there boat.

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The Yutzy sisters — Cheryl and Machelle — who flew from Pennsylvania . . . to San Diego, specifically to try and get on a Baja Ha-Ha boat. But realizing that the party was a few hundred miles away, the sisters got on a plane, and showed up at Spaulding still wearing their backpacks.

Still looking to crew on a ‘Ha-Ha’ boat, the sisters are on their way back to San Diego.

So, you are probably wondering now, why didn’t we give them a chance? Because the next day we happened to get confirmation, that our good friend from Canada wanted to join us. He shared the same interest in taking more time sailing down the coast to avoid overnight sailing as much as possible and give that dog /kid a chance to go ashore more frequently. And to check out that Surf along the way. The fact that he is 6 ‘ 8 kinda rules out space for more people on the boat for a longer period of time.

That’s the reason, why we decided to not join the Baja-Haha, but we still hope, that we meet a lot of them in Baja or down the coast and can hang. Cheers!

A little more about the boat

We have introduced our dog in the last blog, find it here, now we would like you to know a bit more about the sailboat, Alsager. First of all, it is made out of steel. Which I think is awesome.  It makes me feel more secure simply because it’s less easy to destroy than wood or fiberglass.

” Alsager “, formerly ” Cepheus III “. 1968, built in Holland in Corten steel (Rabbit II design).

The Captain was in correspondence with the daughter of Dick Carter and had the honor of exchanging Emails with the builder Frans Maas, who sadly has passed in a capsize of his yacht during the Light Vessel Race, Belgium this year. Deepest sympathies to his family!

Your yacht is a Dick Carter design, better known as RABBIT II. Fastnet winner overall 1967.
Rabbit II was built in 1967 yard Job No 190.
We built two sister ships: CEPHEUS III Job No 208, the owner was J.Sheppard Poor-USA. At that time he was living in Paris and worked as banker for Chease Manhatten Bank
FER FLEUR Job No 212 owner Mark Wallenberg- Sweden.
J.Sheppard Poor sold Cepheus as she had to much problems with the draft in Chesapeake Bay. Second owner unknown.
Dick Carter draw the lines- and sailplan. I did the steel construction plans and the interior- and deckplan.
At the photos she is looking in very good shape. I think it is CHEPHEUS III
Kind regards.
Frans Maas
I went through  old files of the Cepheus and I found some information.
The LOA of the hull is 41’ 6”,  LWL . 30’ , Beam  12’6” , Draft 6’ 9” Displacement 19842 Lbs
Lead ballast 6613 Lbs   Steel keel 1543 Lbs
The racing boats for RORC rule were built very heavy as the rule favoured heavy scantlings.
The mainsails where measured for 100 %, the headsails for 85 %.
Result: Mainsails  too  small and head sails too big for easy handling.
A longer boom and bigger main work much better, with the head sail shorter in the foot.
Kind regards.
Frans

Meet the Baja crew. YES, WE ARE DOING IT!

Here we are, planning a new adventure. This one is the biggest one for me, Mats and our dog Noah just yet! The Captain has done it before. Sailing South. Towards Mexico. Since the Captain has quit his job in the Bay area for now, there is not necessary a big rush coming back. We might just stay the winter in Mexico. Go kiting, snorkeling, fishing, learning to make Sushi and checking out the main land.

A big achievement is, that we have found someone, who wants to join us for the ride. He is a good friend from Canada and an experienced Adventurer, Sailor, Surfer, Fisher and fluent in Spanish. He is easy to get along with, a cool guy who just went on his first Burning Man and he is also Giant! 😀

We are very excited, with some mixed feelings for the unknown on my side. Since I am usually up for an adventure, I am also just very curious.

We will try to let you join the craziness as much as we can. It might not be easy due to none-existant coverage, so there will probably be longer periods without any updates. You can always check our Facebook page or best subscribe to our youtube channel to get the latest clips. Thanks for sharing the experience with us!

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The only place where Roy can stand up inside the boat, if the hatch is open.
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Heading out to grab some supper
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Alsager – Our Sailboat