Itsey the dog knows what he's talking about! VYC's Out Station, El Coral Beach Restaurant at Las Animas Beach will be hosting us again this year for a Christmas morning that will make all your frozen friends up north jealous! Members take their own boats, pile on as many riders as they can (safely) and head across beautiful Banderas Bay for Christmas margaritas and lunch. What better Christmas present than to see the whales, then see your friends on this beautiful beach. This is a VYC tradition that can't be matched anywhere. You might even see Santa arrive by parasail!
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.