Two clowns cross the Pacific in a small boat.
Copyright 2012 John Champion
Each year literally thousands of North Americans (and a few Australians, Kiwis and other robust hearts,) head south to escape the northern winter in sunny Mexico. Boats, sail and power, of most shapes and sizes make their way here by numerous means. Some cruise individually down the west coast of the Baja Peninsula, others come with “buddy boats,” and some come en masse, in the Baja Ha Ha. This rally leaves southern California each year in October (Autumn) and proceeds down the coast in a group. Americans are a gregarious race and this rally is well patronised to the tune of 50 odd boats cruising together. I could think of little worse unless it meant not seeing Mexico and there are no shortage of American sailors with the same opinion. Life with a couple of hundred wiener roasters shrieking about the superbowl or some celebrities new haircut or lawsuit may not be to our taste but if this is the only option then it should be taken. Mexico is that good. Others tow trailer sailers and launch at will. Many end up staying far longer than originally intended if the number of ex-pat live aboards are any indication. Whatever the reasons, whatever the boat, I can understand, Mexico is just a superb place to be on the water.