Sat, Feb 24, 2018

On the Water

Let's Go Cruising - VYC Cruise Out 2018!

cruiseout2018Ready 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.

Interested? Email Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you would like to join the floatilla.

Ready to sign up? You can do it here.

Want to know more about the coast and the anchorages? You can check out the Mexico Boating Guide

Vallarta Cup Race 1 Gave a Tour of Banderas Bay

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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. 

Results of today's racing are here.



Here Comes Vallarta Cup!


crossedtacks250VYC 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.
Vallarta Cup Notice of Race

NEW - Vallarta Cup Sailing Instructions

NEW - Vallarta Cup Sailing Instructions Addendum 1

NEW - Vallarta Cup Sailing Instructions Addendum 2

NEW - Vallarta Cup Radio Skippers Meeting for January 20, 2018 (Includes CLASS BREAKS)

NEW - Race Results

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.

Have a Blast on Banderas Bay

The action-packed Banderas Bay Blast, is three days of 'nothing serious' sailing fun as well as sailor socializing on land. The fun is set for three days: the Banderas Bay Blast December 12-13 and the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run on December 14. This event, now in it's 10th year, is sponsored by Latitude 38, Marina La Cruz, PV Sailing,  Punta de Mita Yacht & Surf Club and Vallarta Yacht Club. 
The event will start at La Cruz Marina around noon on December 12 for a sail around the bay, then back to La Cruz for a pool side BBQ and games. We understand that water balloons will be involved! On day two we head to Punta de Mita and anchor out, then head to shore for a beach party and the usual opening of the Punta de Mita Yacht & Surf Club. Watch out for the paddle! Day three we dress like pirates and sail downwind to VYC in the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run for charity, and party the night away!
Ready to sign up? Click here (and don't forget to tell us your pirate name!)

VYC Announces the 2018 On-the-Water Schedule


This upcoming sailing season is going to be a very busy time around Banderas Bay 2018.  To make things a bit easier to follow we have put everything in one place for you.  Many of you have experienced this hectic sailing calendar in the past, but for those not familiar with it, here are a few things you might want to know.

Every January, Vallarta Yacht Club kicks of the regatta season with the Vallarta Cup Series.  Racing happens every Saturday, followed by racers gathering at the club with the best burgers and live music.  It’s a perfect opportunity to share stories of the day, who broke what, and what the strategy will be next week.

The Cruise out to Tenacita is something we haven't done for a few years, but we hope to bring it back in 2018.  The plan is to head down to Tenacita and enjoy a few days away from the crowds in the marinas.  There is always a lot to do in the beautiful bay and just that much more fun in the company of like-minded cruisers.  Of course, there is always an opportunity catch a few fish along the way.  Maybe an informal regatta will break out.  Who knows?  But there is definitely fun to be had.

The WesMex International Small Boat Regatta will begin March 1-4.  This event will include Optimists, Lasers, C420’s Windsurfers and Hobie 16’s.  Many classes have chosen WesMex to be a qualifier for various championships, including the 2018 Optimist North American Championship, the 2018 Laser Youth Worlds and the Hobie 16 Central American Games

With that, we are expecting over 300 competitors, making this potentially the largest WesMex ever held.

The San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race will begin on March 2 and finish at Marina Vallarta.  They will then be joined by the MEXORC fleet for races throughout the pay.  These two ocean going events will surely attract a lot of spectators around the bay.

Banderas Bay Regatta, in its 26th year is shaping up to be a huge event.  The organizers are expecting to have many of the San Diego an MEXORC boats compete in BBR XXVI.  There should be plenty of opportunities for those with racing experience, but no boat and opportunity to crew.  Of course, BBR will include its signature 4 nights of parties and 3 days of racing followed by the signature beach party.

And last, but not least, from June 24 – July 1, the Vallarta Yacht Club will be host to the 2018 Optimist North American Championship where we will see 180 young competitors ages 12 – 15 from 22 countries.  Hosting these international championships for young competitors is always a rewarding experience.  There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the event.  More information will be coming soon.  But know that volunteers are a must to guarantee the success of this event!


VYC Junior Sailing FIRST LESSON FREE Regstration

"Welcome to your first and free lesson in the Vallarta Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program.  Please fill out the form below to register your child for sailing lessons.  Once you have completed and sent the form, you will be contacted by our staff to schedule your first free lesson.  If after completing the form, you have questions, you can feel free to contact our Club Manager, Rudolfo Trejo at 322 297-2222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Bienvenidos a su primera y gratuita lección en el Vallarta Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program. Por favor llene el siguiente formulario para inscribir a su hijo / a en las clases de vela. Una vez que haya completado y enviado el formulario, será contactado por nuestro personal para programar su primera lección gratis. Si después de completar el formulario, tiene preguntas, puede ponerse en contacto con nuestro Gerente de Club, Rudolfo Trejo al 322 297-2222 o a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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