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CUBAR Raises $56K for SDYC Sailing Foundation

On Wednesday, November 11th the CUBAR fleet, 38 boats from 29’ to 74’ got underway heading to the first scheduled stop of Ensenada, Mexico. A years-worth of planning started to unravel the next morning, when the weather forecast warned of a significant storm of 40+ knot wind and foul seas on the Baja coast in 2 days. The CUBAR committee co-chairman Marv Benson, with seasoned advice from Bill Houlihan the cruise chairman, made the decision to bypass Turtle bay and gather in Bahia Santa Maria. A few of the boats departed Ensenada early, but the majority of the fleet enjoyed …

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Sunday CUBAR Update

Good news from Bill Houlihan at 1230 hrs. 15 Nov about CUBAR fleet progress. He is in Santa Maria Bay along with eight or so other vessels in the CUBAR group, and expects the rest to arrive this afternoon or evening. Three vessels have gone ahead to round San Juan del Cabo before the strong weather system reaches them. (Recall that three vessels stayed in Ensenada last Thursday or headed back to San Diego.) Drakkar fixed their steering problem in Turtle Bay and is also underway to join the fleet in Santa Maria. The fleet in Santa Maria Bay will hunker down there …

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Friday Morning Report from the Cruise

Bill Houlihan, Cruise Director with the CUBAR committee, called from his vessel Sun Baby to update us on some developments. Chiefly because of a strong weather system expected along their course on Sunday – Wednesday, with up to 40 kt winds, skippers have elected different strategies. Three vessels have dropped out by choice, staying in Ensenada and eventually returning to San Diego, while another is there making repairs of some sort and perhaps catching up. Another larger vessel, obviously with enough fuel, is heading straight to Cabo to get ahead of the storm. The rest of the fleet left at …

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International Travel Medical Info

Recommended Immunizations for CUBAR 2015 Travel in Mexico Prevention of Mosquito Borne Illness in Mexico 2015 Recommended Medications for CUBAR Emergency Contacts Crew Medical Form (recommended all participants complete form and keep on board with first aid kit) How to Obtain Prescription Medications for Your Yacht Seaside Marine Pharmacy San Pedro, CA 310-833-3551 www. seasidemarinedrugs.com     This pharmacy can provide prescription medications, including small a amount of narcotics, it your yacht is a USCG documented vessel.  Please mention you are participating in CUBAR 2915.  They also can create a custom medical first aid kit to your specification. “Marine Medicine, a Comprehensive …

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Dock Lines: Cruising the Baja coast with CUBAR and Baja Ha-Ha

By Captain Nicole Sours Larson. If you’ve contemplated cruising south along the Baja coast or undertaking a long-range cruise elsewhere, but have hesitated, there’s a great way to make your first voyage: join a group cruise or “rally.” First-time cruisers benefit from the knowledge of experienced cruisers who can provide help, including mechanical or other repair support if needed. They offer assistance with port entry and slip requirements and guidance to local provisioning, dining and fishing spots. Group cruising is also fun, extending the camaraderie of fellow boaters and the opportunity of new friendships. Fall is the perfect time to …

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Mexico’s Trusted Traveler Program

Do you travel by air frequently to Mexico? Do you want to avoid lines at Mexican immigration like you do when entering the United States? If you answer yes to these questions, you might be interested in joining Mexico’s Programa Viajero Confiable (Trusted Traveler Program). Already operational at three airports (Mexico City, San Jose del Cabo and Cancun), and soon to arrive at 10 more, Programa Viajero Confiable offers expedited clearance when entering Mexico, the same type of service that you’ve grown accustomed to with Global Entry at U.S. international airports. Information about applying can be found here: http://www.viajeroconfiable.inm.gob.mx/index.php/home/. The …

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Crew Availability Form

Interested in joining the list of available crew for 2015 CUBAR Odyssey? Register and submit a crew availability ad, allowing captains of CUBAR to browse the list of available crew. CREW AVAILABILITY FORM

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Sea Magazine: Long Range Cruising

SEA MAGAZINE – SEPTEMBER 2014: Do you have what it takes to make the jump to the long-range cruising lifestyle? GET OUT THERE If you’ve always wanted to try long-range cruising, go for it, according to Roeber Demicheli, the semiretired owner/captain of San Francisco-based trawler Odyssey. DeMicheli, who has cruised the North American East and West coast plus Mexico and the Caribbean with his wife, Jackie, for more than 10 years, often provides interested recreational boaters with advice about the cruising lifestyle. “Get up and go. Give it a try. You don’t know until you try it. It’s not for …

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Applications Open Now!

Registering for CUBAR 2015 is a three step process. Step 1: Application Complete the CUBAR 2015 Application online. The CUBAR committee will review the application to ensure the boat meets the criteria for CUBAR participants. You will be notified by the CUBAR committee whether your application has been accepted. Step 2: Registration (To be completed only after receipt of accepted application by CUBAR committee) Complete the CUBAR 2015 Registration form online. Payment is due with Registration form completion (refund schedule will apply). Step 3: Waiver and Release of Liability All participants (captain, owner, crew, children) will sign and submit the …

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