Balboa Island's Bob Morrison, 75, hasn't sailed the race in 25
years, but he and some of his old sailing buddies decided to give it
one last go.
"We go mainly for the hell of it," Morrison said. "These are guys
I've sailed with for years."
Originally, the crew of Morrison's Columbia-50 was to consist of
himself and four of his sailing buddies -- Pete Newberg, 83; Herb
Boss, 83; Rex Young, 73; and Kip Hering, 67. Unfortunately, Boss and
Young backed out due to health problems, so Morrison's 58-year-old
nephew-in-law, Douglas Nunnaly, is flying in from Virginia to fill
Although this exact crew has never sailed the Ensenada race, all
-- with the exception of Nunnaly -- have participated multiple times.
"I haven't been there for 25 years," said Young, who lives in
Bakersfield. "I expect it [Ensenada] will be [different] -- I'm told
the harbor is different, too."
Hering said that although he expects the town of Ensenada to be
different than when he last went, more than 30 years ago, some things
"The wind and the waves are still the same," the Escondido
But the boat the crew will be sailing is much different. "La Otra
Mujer," named by Morrison's wife and translated into English as "The
Other Woman," is a Columbia-50, which he traded in his Columbia-36
for in 2000. Morrison has been working on it ever since. This year,
he decided it was finally ready for the big race.
"I thought it was time," he said. "It's been a long time. I've got
the boat in reasonable shape. I spend a lot of time working on it --
that's where 'La Otra Mujer' comes in. I do everything but the engine
Morrison and his buddies practiced as much as possible by sailing
the boat out to Catalina Island and other local sailing destinations.
Although Nunnaly has been sailing back East for years, Hering said
the newcomer will have a few things to learn. Nunnaly also brings
down the average age of the crew.
"He's a spring chicken compared to everybody else," Morrison said.
Even with an average age of around 68, the men aren't nervous
about it, mainly just excited.
"There's nothing quite so thrilling as running downwind to the
finish line," Young said.