Sat, Feb 24, 2018

On the Water

Olas Lindas and Shiva Take the First Race of Vallarta Cup

VC2017 Day1 26Olas Lindas leads the pack to La CruzThe first race of Vallarta Cup 2017 kicked off on Saturday on a typical January day in Banderas Bay - light winds and clear skies. The race committee on S/V Cadenza delayed the race a few minutes to make sure there was sufficient wind for a start and to give the last few competitors sufficient time to get to the starting area, calling first warning at 12:36. The course selected was a 13 mile mainly-reaching route which would take the 10 boats to La Cruz, then an upwind leg northwest along the northern coast of the bay, and then downwind to finish as the daily thermal built in the afternoon.

All boats started well in a southerly 6 knot breeze, with higher winds expected as the boats picked up the daily thermal off Bucerias and along the north coast. Due to the nature of the course, the race committee called for a reaching start, and a couple of competitors even managed to fly spinnakers across the start line. All competitors were delighted to see Merle McAsse's 11 year-old son Matero helming the family's Beneteau 38 Kinta Anea across the start line. Olas Lindas, with VYC honorary member Mike Danielson aboard as tactician, set their 'chute shortly after start, as did many competitors. A few boats struggled with sail set, but ultimately headed off to La Cruz in the building breeze. Rush Faville's J80 'Shiva' had a great start, carrying a new black spnniaker over the start line and all the way to La Cruz. Rush stayed with the leaders through most of the race, showing everyone that small boats are very competitive in a reaching race. Of course, it didn't hurt that Shiva had Wayne Zittle, owner of J/World Performance Sailing, onboard to advise!

VC2017 Day1 64Matero helps bring the family boat to a 5th place finish in Class AThe first boat to finish, Olas Lindas, completed the course in a mere 1 hour 42 minutes, averaging a spectacular 7.6 knots around the course. This was with wind speeds that never exceeded 10 knots throughout the course. Olas finished a full 7 minutes and 42 seconds ahead of the next boat, Fred Roswold's Serindipity 43 'Wings'. Fred crossed the finish line flying his huge new spinnaker, which the race committee knicknamed 'The Womper'. By 3pm all boats had completed the course.

Matero McAsse, in addition to helping helm the family boat, also achieved another goal that was set for the racers: the boat to spot the most whales during the race. Matero spotted 4 whales, and two dolphins to boot! He will be awarded a prize at the final trophy ceremony, as well as an honory Banderas Bay Naturalist badge.

The Vallarta Cup racers joined VYC members and guests at the VYC clubhouse for the event after party. Local band "The Remedy" provided the dance music. Chef Israel didn't dissapoint, creating his famous hamburgers for the attendees.

The group of racers was broken into two classes after results were returned. Olas Lindas was first in Class A, Shiva first in Class B.

Provisional results are here.

Saturday, January 14 will be the next in this four-race series. Boats can sign up for any or all races in the Vallarta Cup Series. Sign-up is here.

Event photographer John Pounder has made his photos available for viewing online, and for purchase in higher resolution. Those photos are available here.

The Temporary Import Tempest Part 2

By Capt. Elizabeth Shanahan, 200/500 T USCG Master

Owner SG Boat works and E2 Yacht Services

Since 2014, when I wrote an article regarding the current status of the Temporary Import Permits in Mexico, there have been numerous updates to the TIP system. The main change is that it is now computerized, as is most of Mexico.

This is a follow-up to my original article because of the numerous updates to the now computerized TIP system offices.

The basics are still the same. You apply for a TIP either online or at your first point of entry to Mexico. Or you may do so through an agent.  You should find out quickly if you have any open TIPs on the boat and if you have an issue that needs to be dealt with.

All boats that ever had a TIP are now in the computer system. And cases have surfaced recently in which, for example, a person purchased a boat in Southern California, but the former boat owner (and seller) didn’t cancel his TIP. Perhaps he forgot to cancel it, or lost it etc.  But when a new owner applies for a TIP they cannot complete the process if the prior owner, (or 2 or 3 owners back) never canceled the TIP.  

That’s the bad news. The good news is there is a process to get this cleared up. It’s not scary but it is time consuming.  If you are selling your boat it’s very important for you to cancel your TIP when you leave Mexico.

First, see if you can locate the original TIP with all the required back up from the seller or prior owner.  If you have the original and all the back up data (the 8 ½’ x 11” equipment list) that was issued with the TIP you can simply walk into Banjecito and cancel it. While you are there be sure to get a full TIP history on your boat. It has happened where the seller of a boat canceled his or her TIP but the owner prior to them did not.

If you bought a boat and have an issue, go to your first point of entry into Mexico with a certified copy of your bill of sale, a current document – and a large amount of patience.  But you will need to go to Banjercito and get a history (or status) of the TIP for your particular vessel.  Then you will have to go to the Ministerio Publico (Public Minister) and file a report that the prior TIP has been lost by the prior owner. Next you have to notify customs (Aduana) with the report from the Public Minister.

Again, be patient. Aduana may or may not go to the boat and verify the hull number, document number and any other identifying information.  Then you will need to return to Banjercito with the reports. At that point you should be able to cancel all old TIPS’s and get your current TIP.

Try to remember through all this that you are not in the USA. Always be respectful to the authorities. We are, after all, guests in their country.  Mexico allows us 10 years on our temporary import of a non-Mexican flagged vessel with no tax other than the cost of the permit.  

The United States is not so generous, nor are most other countries if you are a foreign flagged vessel.

Captain Elizabeth Shanahan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VYC Junior Sailing FIRST LESSON FREE Regstration

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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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