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.