- January’s Saturdays—the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th—are dedicated to the friendly competitions among the expected 25 participating boats.
Nuevo Vallarta’s Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) is testing out the 2017 winds in Banderas Bay during its Vallarta Cup Race, the first great event of the year in the Riviera Nayarit.
“Most of the participants are foreigners who live in the region seasonally,” said the VYC’s General Manager Rodolfo Trejo. “Some of them are preparing for a trip around the Pacific and this is their opportunity to test their sailboats and get them on point.” He added there were several Mexican competitors as well.
About 25 boats are expected to participate, with lengths ranging from 25 to 50 feet. The types of registered craft dictate the participating categories.
As each boat has an average of 10 crewmembers, there are options for people who want to experience the race by joining one of the registered teams in need of participants. This is no doubt a fantastic opportunity for novices and adventurers.
These races have been taking place since 2005 with the intention of taking advantage of the excellent sailing conditions on the bay and to encourage camaraderie among the sailors. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau collaborates with this and other events at the VYC thanks to its importance in the nautical sports arena.
The competitions will take place around noon on each of January’s four Saturdays; in the afternoons the boats will return to the VYC, where a theme party will be ready to greet them. This year the first party will rock live country music and a Tex-Mex style menu.