While we have a wonderful club that operates 12 months a year, we have a number of members who just come for the high season every year, and we'd like to welcome them back! Our Opening Day also starts new club hours, and a new menu for our restaurant.
This year's VYC Opening Day will kick off a high season of fun, both on the water and off. Come to the club on Sunday, November 2 to meet old friends and new, and remember friends who have crossed the bar. You'll be treated to a dinner by Chef Israel, and get to check out the newly redecorated clubhouse!
Optinam 2014 has finally ended and once again, Vallarta Yacht Club Members showed their support, welcoming 175 competitors from 19 countries.
In addition to the competitors, there were over 100 Team Leaders, Coaches and family members accompanying these young sailors, ages 8-15. Officials came from various parts of South America and North America bringing their vast knowledge, training and experience to the event.
Wind conditions for the event were predictably light but that didn’t stop these competitors from giving their best as evidenced by the results. To view the results of Optinam 2014, you can go to www.Optinam2014.org and click on “Results” . You will see that, included in this event was Team Racing, which we rarely see here in Vallarta.
At the local level, Mexico had 27 participants in Optinam including our own Carlos Sainz Mesa, who demonstrated his competitive spirit throughout the event. VYC Coach Eugenie Russell was also asked to be one of 3 coaches for the Mexico Team.
Juan Varela Takes 8th in ISAF Youth World Championships
When Juanito Varela joined VYC's Junior Sailing Program, everyone could see that he was special - his natural ability on a sailboat was clear from an early age. After sailing as long as he could on Optimist dinghies, Juan graduated to Laser dinghies and RS:X sailboards. In only couple of years, Juan's natural ability was evidenced by consistent podium finishes on the RS:X.
Juan set his sights on representing Mexico in the RS:X Boys class at the ISAF Youth World Championships in Portugal, biggest event in the world for youth sailors.
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship was first held in Angelholm, Sweden in 1971 where 16 nations competed for the inaugural titles in the two-person dinghies, 420 and Flipper. As the regatta evolved, more classes were added to bring the best young sailing talent from around the world together in one place. In 1984 the Mistral windsurfer was added to the list of events, with Knut Budig (GER) taking the first gold medal in San Diego, California. This year, the ISAF Youth Worlds were held in Tavira, Portugal. The event included 367 sailors from 67 nations, competing in 5 different classes: 420, SL16, 29er, Laser Radial, and RS:X. Only one one sailor from each class may represent their country at the event.
To make the team, Juan had to qualify in a couple of major regattas: The RS:X North American Championships held in Cancun, and Copa Mexico, held in our own Banderas Bay. Juan showed everyone his amazing sailboard skill, taking first place in the Under 19 division in both events. He also placed third in the RS:X 8.5 in the North Americans, and second in the RS:X 8.5 fleet in Copa Mexico. He was ready to realize his dream of attending the ISAF Youth Worlds - clearly Mexico's choice to represent his country in the RS:X Boy's class.
Juan's perfomance at the event didn't dissapoint: His final ranking was 8th place, putting him clearly among the top RS:X sailors in the world.
We are incredibly proud of Juan, and wish him all the best in his sailing future.
The Vallarta Yacht Club has been choosen to be the headquarters location for the 8th edition of the International Banderas Bay Marlin and Tuna Fishing Tournament to be held on July 18 and 19. 2014.
Come and enjoy the best fishing and fun. Registration of the fishing teams will take place on Friday July 18 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Vallarta Yacht Club. The day of fishing will take place on Saturday July 19. The "weighing in" will take place Saturday evening at the club followed by and awards ceremony for those the winners.