I hope everyone had a joyful holiday and are looking forward to a Happy, Peaceful and Healthy New Year.
I want to take this time to let everyone know what is happening at the Yacht Club in January as we have a jam-packed month ahead.
On January 6that 6:00 p.m. we have our first “Music Night” of the season. This is a night when we have music at the club for your listening/dancing pleasure. We plan several of these nights this season and encourage you to come on in and enjoy great music in the company of your fellow members. There will be a drink special and a dinner special on each “Music Night” or you can order from the menu or just simply enjoy a drink and listen/dance to the music. On January 6th the music will be Rossy & Roberto – you may remember them from last year at the club or from the BBR Banquet. They are a great group to dance to.
Vallarta Cup, a sailboat regatta hosted by VYC the first 4 Saturdays in January, is always followed by a theme party with great music and good food. The first night is January 3rd - “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” with Jimmy Buffet music and video. Go to the VYC's event calendar for information on the other 3 Vallarta Cup parties.
Do you love fireworks? We do too! Did you know that Puerto Vallarta will be hosting the Puerto Vallarta International Fireworks Festival, starting in less than two weeks?
This enormous event will bring together fireworks experts from Mexico, US, Canada, Spain and Italy in an 11-day extravaganza of nightly fireworks and live entertainment.
VYC will be there! We are planning a floatilla of members' boats to Puerto Vallarta to watch the fireworks from the water. The VYC Fireworks Floatilla will leave from Paradise Village Marina around 8pm in order to be onsite offshore Puerto Vallarta for the evening fireworks, starting around 9:30.
The dates for the event are December 25-31 (this is a change, see note below) A full calendar and description of all the entertainment can be found by clicking here.
The Christmas season is about giving, and what better way to show the Christmas spirit than the gift of a child's smile? The simple gift of a toy can make all the difference to a child who is less fortunate.
Starting December 1st, the Vallarta Yacht Club will be collecting toys for the 400 kids of Families at the Dump (FAD), also known as Families of Esperanza. Just a single extra item in your shopping cart can help make this Christmas a memorable one for a small child.
A collection box will be at VYC, next to the Christmas tree, from December 1 to 23. Any donation would be appreciated by those who have so little.
The FAD program teaches skills for a better life, helping people to escape the lowest level of poverty. FAD's goal is to present a toy for each child, and they need your help to make that goal a reality. Toys will be distributed at their Kings Day celebration in early January.
For more information on this Toy Drive, contact the VYC at (322)297-2222 or FAD at (322)297-7425.
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.
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.
Since the election your new Board has been working towards meeting the goals we set for ourselves and will continue to work through the summer so that we’ll be ready to begin our new season when we officially open on November 2. We have an Audit Committee in place, our Membership Chair Charlotte is working on some great ideas for next year, Dick and Andy are working on the BBR publicity and other fun “on the water” activities, Diane and her committee have developed some fun activities for next season, Dee and I are working on other projects and ideas we have for the club and Mario is working on an Accounting Manual. We hope to have much information to share at our first Monthy Membership Meeting in November.