Saturday's Vallarta Cup Race, the second in the series, gave racers from all over Banderas Bay a challenging triangle course, finished by windward-leeward laps. Race officer Al Garnier delayed the race for 30 minutes waiting for wind, then started all classes in a somewhat variable 8 knots. The daily thermal breeze didn't increase after that, forcing Al to shorten the course for Crusing Class A, Multihull Class B and Performance C.
As in the first race, Olas Lindas led Performace class most of the race, and was first to cross the finish line. Daniel Zaragoza's Mony was first in Performance class after handicap adjustment, however, the same result as the first race.
Racers were again treated to excellent whale watching during the race - at one point a racer reported seeing two whales and two dolphins playing together.
All met at the VYC clubhouse for an evening of bragging and Jimmy Buffett music.
Ready to get outta town? The annual Vallarta Yacht Club cruise-out to Chamela, Tenacatita and Barra de Navidad leaves February 4 (or 5th, if you are a football fan). We'll head down to Chamela, then to Tenacatita, then Barra de Navidad. We'll enjoy the great anchorages, the great beaches, and the wonderful little villages down south. Hang out at anchor and just relax, explore, and maybe even have a race or two. Everyone is welcome!
What want more planning? There isn't any, this is cruising! We are just going to head down in company, maybe challenge each other to a little racing, and have a great time.
Thirteen yachts came to the start in Vallarta Cup 2018 Race 1 today. Race officer Al Garnier called a course that took racers as far north as La Cruz, and as far south as Puerto Vallarta. Breezes were typical Banderas Bay thermals, with winds of 10 knots at the start, building throught the day, particularly near Puerto Vallarta. Performance Class yacht Olas Lindas took an early lead to the La Cruz turning mark, followed closely by Wings and Bright Star. Little trimaran Cricket showed his prowess today in making the most of the reaching conditions on the course, keeping close touch with Olas Lindas throughout the 19 mile race.
Mid-race, several yacht crews were able to view several whales playing close to the race course.
As conditions became lighter in La Cruz, the race committee called for a shortened course for Crusing Class A and Performance Class D (under 30 ft) - both classes found themselves in a wind hole at the La Cruz mark. The bigger boats and two of the multihulls found the wind and were able to complete the entire circuit.
Racers enjoyed hamburgers and live music at the VYC clubhouse after the race.
Starting the first week in January and continuing through February 19th, the Vallarta Yacht Club is hosting all Cruisers (Puddle Jumpers, Southbounders and coastal Mexico) in the Banderas Bay area to a series Roundtables led by experienced marine business leaders and Blue Water Cruisers covering subjects of local government requirements and assistance, navigation, weather, on-board medical care, emergencies underway to sail, machinery, electrical and electronics repair and maintenance.
These Cruisers' Roundtables are held at the Vallarta Yacht Club each Monday and Thursday afternoons from 15:00 - 17:00 (3 to 5 pm), followed immediately by the VYC daily Happy Hour featuring 2 for 1 beer, wine and all well & soft drinks; as well as the first hamburger & fries at the low regular price and get the second for 40 pesos less."
The first of this Cruisers' Roundtables was at 15:00, Thursday, January 4th. led by Vilma Habelloecker of Vilma's Yacht Agency, and US Consular Agent Kelly Trainor. The Port Captain was detained. It was suggested that he be scheduled to become a participant in Andy Turpin's Puddlejump session in March to cover the latest Mexico check-out procedures.
Introduction to Mexico Cruising
Immigration – Vilma, Port Captain - Hector Medina, Navy - Aguiera Giez, USA Consulate - Kelly Trainor*
Sails Design, Materials and Care
Ullman Sails – Chuck Skewes
Rigging and Sails: Wear and Tear Underway With: “GET THE BALANCE RIGHT”
Happy New Year to all fellow VYC members whether you are long-term or new members, those of you who stayed throughout the year or arrived in the Fall months of 2017, those who will soon be rejoining us this winter and those of you who are currently living our shared dream in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Mediterranean, or on any of the seven seas, rivers and lakes of this beautiful planet.
November and December came around with plenty of action starting with the annual “Regata de Revolucion ” with 46 competitors, then the Taste of Nuevo/Chili Cook-off with over 30 restaurant and VYC members booths. Thanks to these great people, our VYC other volunteers selling tickets and tending beer carts and, of course, our miracle Club staff we were able to donate over 70,000 pesos to Toys for Tots and the Children with Cleft Palate charities. A good time at the Christmas Tree Decorating joyous work party led into the Banderas Bay Blast and the awards ceremony at VYC for Latitude 38’s Pirates’ Spinnaker Run to raise cash for needed school supplies for the kids in the south bay area.
And those fabulous Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners were packed with fine meals and a constantly crowded dance floor. All of our Club staff, especially Vidal Palma and Omar did a great job in the kitchen due to the untimely and abrupt self-imposed employment termination of our newly hired Chef Pablo.
Also, after nine years of being a part of our VYC family, the Club’s Assistant Manager, Danny Espinoza, was offered a well-deserved opportunity and rendered his resignation during the recent holidays. Although we are happy for him and his family, there is no doubt he will certainly be missed by so many of us.
Lastly, as a reminder, beginning now, all membership dues renewal dates are annualized to January 1 each year and are due and payable at this time. (If you have forgotten the amounts and other details, please refer back to the full details contained in the last September 2017 Commodore’s Corner in the Club’s website www.vallartayachtclub.org )
VYC kicks off the racing season with the Vallarta Cup. This series, which has been held every year since 2005, runs four Saturdays in January. Each day of racing is capped with a great party at Vallarta Yacht Club! This year we'll kick the first race off on January 6, finishing four races on January 27.
Please use the form below to enter your boat for Vallarta Cup 2018. You can pay your fees using Paypal, or choose "Offline Payment" to pay in person at Vallarta Yacht Club. If you have sailed with VYC in the last 3 years we probably have the information we need to handicap your boat. If you have changed something or need a first-time handicap please complete the handicap request form here.