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Bahia Regatta International IX

The Bahia Banderas Regatta, Mexico's biggest international boat race, celebrated another successful regatta on Sunday, March 23rd. The event, held at Paradise Village Marina, was attended by a crowd of 500 participants and sponsors.

More than 90 boats competed on the seven mile triangular course in this year's Regatta and two new classes of entries were added to included everything from Hobie Cats to heavy cruisers.

Among the winners in this year's event were crews from Vallarta's Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and a crew from Sitman College in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Pamela Noriega was the capitana of one of the 11 Hobie Cat entries.

Jim Ketler, one of the Regatta's organizers, expressed gratitude to the many committee members, organizers, and participants in this year's event including Paradise Village which hosted the awards ceremony.

"Paradise Village Marina," states Ketler, "has become one of the most sought after marina facilities in the world. Paradise Village Harbormaster Dick Markey did a terrific job accommodating a wide variety of requests from the guests and participants in the Regatta."

Guests at Paradise Village Marina are given access to one of Mexico's premier resort facilities, including a world class spa, great restaurants, shopping, and all of the other amenities that have made Paradise Village a leading tourist destination.

Many members of this year's Regatta are heading to the South Pacific and the Sea of Cortez in April. The Bahia Banderas Regatta serves as the final race of the year before this fraternity of cruisers head on to adventures around the world.

Rank Boat Skipper
Class 1
1 Capricorn Cat B. Grinols
2 Pantera B. Smith
3 Meshach T. Temme
Class 2
1 Roxanne T. Petty
2 Blue Herron D. Anderson
3 Jaywalker K. Yachechak
Class 3
1 Consigliare M. Sciarretta
2 Windsong D. Williams
3 Chere E. Sweo
Class 4
1 North Road L. Hazeldine
2 C'est La Vie K. Levy
3 Hai-Fin L. Harlander
Class 5
1 Angela H. Crum
2 Diva J. Goodman
3 Illusions D. Switzer
Class 6
1 Justice J. Freyre
2 Nereus G. Menzie
3 Escape Velocity I. Murphy
Class 7
1 L'Escapada G. Semeyn
2 Spondylus J. Rivera
3 Tshak L. Alvarado
1 #12730 Pamela Noriega
2 #156618 Javier Cabildo
3 #8704 Paco Cabildo

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