Gales, Whales and the Baja Ha-Ha is the movie short/trailer for the upcoming video, a 45-minute feature film shot in HD, depicting the events surrounding the Baja Ha-Ha XVI (Oct. 26-Nov. 8, 2009) sailboat race and regatta. The 10-minute short is preview of the film (non-commercial) which will be released February 2010. For the latest release date or to view in HD, visit OysterYachting.com
The film follows the 760-mile 2009 Baja Ha-Ha sailboat race to the cape (San Diego to Cabo San Lucas). The fleet experienced gale conditions for two days and a rare sinking of a vessel by whales. The film will include tips on how to prepare for the cruise, what works, and what to expect along the way. The video depicts life aboard a 1977 Islander 36, "Freedom Won" as it races to the cape.
The annual event, founded by Latitude 38 magazine, set a record for the number of boats registered and finishers. In the class of 2009, 165 boats and 601 sailors participated (crossed the starting line).