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.
Started in December, 2000, the Great Chili Cook-off began as a way to get cruisers "cooking for a cause" - the event drew chili cookers from all over Banderas Bay to offer their best chili, often with themes such as "Ugly Betty" and "Cowboy Chili". Every year since then, the Cook-off continues to be one of the most popular events in the Banderas Bay area, often generating thousands of dollars for local charities.
Originally, the Great Chili Cook-off was held in the parking lot of the Vallarta Yacht Club, the organizer of the event. Last year, the event was moved to the Marina Nuevo Vallarta Malecon, and was changed to also showcase the excellent restaurants in the area
This year the Vallarta Yacht Club is proud host of the 2nd Annual Taste of Nuevo and 14th Annual Great Chili Cook-off on December 6th at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta Malecon, 4 - 8 PM.
The Chili Cook-off is an invitation for commercial and non-commercial teams (including non-profit organizations) as well as local restaurants to challenge each other to create the most popular chili. Two separate winners are announced the night of the event in December.
The Taste of Nuevo is an event for participating restaurants from all over Riviera Nayarit area to sample their best dish for attendees.
Some restaurants choose to offer samples of both their best chili recipe and another favorite restaurant dish to the some 400 attendees. Guests purchase sampling tickets for $10 pesos which can be used for chili tasting, restaurant favorite menu item sampling or used toward the purchase price of bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine and margaritas. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Nuevo Vallara Malecon, seeing over 40 decorated booths of restaurants and chili cookers
All proceeds from the event are split between the Vallarta Yacht Club's two charities "Families at the Dump and Navy League (Toys for Tots).
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.
The grill is fired up at VYC for a Sunday cookout! Joint your friends every Sunday at VYC for a cook-your-own barbeque on our grill!
You don't even have to bring your own stuff - we will provide beef hamburgers, chicken burgers or beef hot dogs (plus the buns and toppings) for only 60 pesos, and we will fire up the grill just for you and your family.
As always on Sunday, the bar is open for your favorite drinks, and the game will be on!