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Dozens of sailboats gathered off Shelter Island in Point Loma on Monday morning, October 29. They were preparing to start the 20th annual Baja Ha Ha race.

According to the Port of San Diego website, "sailors and crew from the West Coast — as far north as Alaska — will be making the two-week voyage" to Cabo San Lucas. The port also touts the Baja Ha Ha as the "largest sailing rally on the West Coast."

At 10:00 a.m., race officials fired the one-minute-warning shot, alerting vessel captains to position their boats for the 750-mile journey south. A Harbor Police fire vessel began spraying jets of water in the background. Curious observers along Shelter Island hooted, hollered, and blew their car horns in support of the mariners.

“The fanfare and great send-off"  are appreciated, John Arndt, associate publisher of Latitude 38, a Northern California-based sailing publication that sponsors the race, said in a joint interview with Port District officials.

Once they headed south out of San Diego Bay, the plan was to make stops in both Turtle Bay and Bahia Maria before arriving in Cabo San Lucas, where a fishing tournament is scheduled.

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