Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit - The upcoming 2018 sailing season is going to be a very busy time around Banderas Bay. To make things a bit easier to follow we have put everything in one place for you. Many of you have experienced this hectic sailing calendar in the past, but for those not familiar with it, here are a few things you might want to know.
Every January, Vallarta Yacht Club kicks of the regatta season with the Vallarta Cup Series. Racing happens every Saturday, followed by racers gathering at the club for the best burgers and live music. It's a perfect opportunity to share stories of the day, who broke what, and what the strategy will be next week.
The 'Cruise Out to Tenacita' is something we haven't done for a few years, but we hope to bring it back in 2018. The plan is to head down to Tenacita and enjoy a few days away from the crowds in the marinas. There is always a lot to do in the beautiful bay and just that much more fun in the company of like-minded cruisers. Of course, there is always an opportunity catch a few fish along the way. Maybe an informal regatta will break out. Who knows? But there is definitely fun to be had.
The WesMex International Small Boat Regatta will begin March 1-4. This event will include Optimists, Lasers, C420's Windsurfers and Hobie 16's. Many classes have chosen WesMex to be a qualifier for various championships, including the 2018 Optimist North American Championship, the 2018 Laser Youth Worlds and the Hobie 16 Central American Games. With that, we are expecting over 300 competitors, making this potentially the largest WesMex every held.
The San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race will begin on March 2 and finish at Marina Vallarta. They will then be joined by the MEXORC fleet for races throughout the pay. These two ocean going events will surely attract a lot of spectators around the bay.
Banderas Bay Regatta, in its 26th year, is shaping up to be a huge event. The organizers are expecting to have many of the San Diego and MEXORC boats compete in BBR XXVI. There should be plenty of opportunities for those with racing experience, but no boat and opportunity to crew. Of course, BBR will include its signature 4 nights of parties and 3 days of exhilarating racing, followed by the signature beach party.
And last, but not least, from June 24 – July 1, the Vallarta Yacht Club will be host to the 2018 Optimist North American Championship where we will see 180 young competitors ages 12–15 from 22 countries. Hosting these international championships for young competitors is always a rewarding experience. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the event. More information will be coming soon. But know that volunteers are a must to guarantee the success of this event!Located in the Paradise Village Marina at Paseo de los Cocoteros No. 001, Interior 20 in Nuevo Vallarta, the Vallarta Yacht Club is a non-profit membership organization known for its contributions to yachting within the Banderas Bay region. For more information, please visit vallartayachtclub.org, follow us on Facebook, call us at (322) 297-2222, or send an email to office(at)vallartayachtclub.org.