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160--Mexico: Halloween, Sailing Style
@ CherieSpotting     Nov 18 2003 - 11:59 PST
cherie writes: Halloween is my favorite holiday. You get to be whatever you want to be and people give you free candy. I really can’t imagine anything better…except being on a beach in Mexico. This year over 500 sailors in the Baja Ha-Ha Fleet celebrated Halloween in Turtle Bay, Mexico. We had just finished the first leg of the Baja Ha-Ha, a 780-mile regatta down the coast of Mexico with beach parties after each of the three legs of the race.

There were lots of good friends, good food and good cheer. But more importantly…there was good beer. We had a giant Tug-of-War contest with the men on one side, and the ladies on the other. I’d probably leave out the results of this contest if the ladies hadn’t won!!! The guys crammed their heels in the sand and we dragged them across the beach for a clean victory. Well, the ladies might have been clean, but those boys were mighty sandy after their defeat!

Turtle Bay was filled with colorful characters in colorful costumes. Jean and Anne dressed as gypsies, Greg was an alien, and to this day, no one is sure what Dave was (but he had on a freaky mask and a big hat.) I dressed up like a German girl (complete with knee-high socks--which clashed a bit with my Teva sandals.) Rennie was Captain Ron (a must see movie for any sailor) and Dustin was a Hawaiian pirate. Here are the photos of Halloween 2003, sailing style.

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The crew of Cassiopeia, a Swan 65, prepared to celebrate Halloween in Mexico. *Photo by Al Holmes.

The crew of Cassiopeia, a Swan 65, prepared to celebrate Halloween in Mexico. *Photo by Al Holmes.

Jean and Dustin, a wench and a pirate.

Jean and Dustin, a wench and a pirate.

The crew of Cassiopeia on the beach at Turtle Bay.

The crew of Cassiopeia on the beach at Turtle Bay.

Bernadette, from Zykanthos, is all smiles.

Bernadette, from Zykanthos, is all smiles.

Dustin is a licensed 100-ton captain available for boat deliveries (with the hat is an extra charge.)

Dustin is a licensed 100-ton captain available for boat deliveries (with the hat is an extra charge.)

Jean with a banner that says: Enter At Your Own Risk.

Jean with a banner that says: Enter At Your Own Risk.

Harley, crew on Bodacious.

Harley, crew on Bodacious.

Jean with the crew of Shaka: Stacey, Ray, Lee and Dave.

Jean with the crew of Shaka: Stacey, Ray, Lee and Dave.

Everyone loves a beach party.

Everyone loves a beach party.

Cherie, Jean & Bernadette with Captain Ron.

Cherie, Jean & Bernadette with Captain Ron.

There are no turtles in Turtle Bay.

There are no turtles in Turtle Bay.

The fun continues.

The fun continues.

The tug of war begins...itīs ladies vs. the men.

The tug of war begins...itīs ladies vs. the men.

The ladies pull as hard as they can!

The ladies pull as hard as they can!

It was hard work, but the ladies win!

It was hard work, but the ladies win!

It must be all that pulling on lines that gave the ladies the muscle to win the Tug-of-War.

It must be all that pulling on lines that gave the ladies the muscle to win the Tug-of-War.

Three 30-something sailors.

Three 30-something sailors.

Jean and Cherie, best-friends since grade 4.

Jean and Cherie, best-friends since grade 4.

Bernard`s birthday is celebrated by bashing a piņata.

Bernard`s birthday is celebrated by bashing a piņata.

Bernadette gives this sailor a kiss.

Bernadette gives this sailor a kiss.

All dressed up for the hot Mexican sun.

All dressed up for the hot Mexican sun.

Can anyone guess what Dave is?

Can anyone guess what Dave is?

Rennie is Captain Ron.

Rennie is Captain Ron.

Anne is a gypsy...or a fortune teller, I'm not sure.

Anne is a gypsy...or a fortune teller, I'm not sure.

The ladies celebrate Halloween together.

The ladies celebrate Halloween together.

Al and Dona of Free Flight.

Al and Dona of Free Flight.

Can Jean predict that Cassiopeia will win 1st place in our division?

Can Jean predict that Cassiopeia will win 1st place in our division?

Bernadette is one hip American girl.

Bernadette is one hip American girl.

Jean and Anne.

Jean and Anne.

He thinks this beach party is outta this world. *Photo by Jean.

He thinks this beach party is outta this world. *Photo by Jean.

Look what we found! *Photo by Jean.

Look what we found! *Photo by Jean.

Í don't think this car is very dependable.

Í don't think this car is very dependable.

The ladies with Captain Ron. *Photo by Dustin.

The ladies with Captain Ron. *Photo by Dustin.

Captain Ron with Captain Al. *Photo by Jean.

Captain Ron with Captain Al. *Photo by Jean.

Is that a good hair day or a bad hair day? *Photo by Jean.

Is that a good hair day or a bad hair day? *Photo by Jean.

Jean, Bernadette, Cherie, Ernesto and Anne. *Photo by Dustin.

Jean, Bernadette, Cherie, Ernesto and Anne. *Photo by Dustin.

All dressed up in a panga. *Photo by Jean.

All dressed up in a panga. *Photo by Jean.

Jean and Bernadette...enter at your own risk!

Jean and Bernadette...enter at your own risk!

The day closes with a spectacular Mexican sunset.  I canīt wait for tomorrow!

The day closes with a spectacular Mexican sunset. I canīt wait for tomorrow!