Enjoy an evening in support of the Vallarta Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program. There will be some great auction prizes and a delicious dinner. You will have a chance to support the program while going home with tickets for Swim with the Dolphins, maybe a round of golf, or a night out at one of your favorite restaurants.
Mony, Olas Lindas and Wings duke it outThe final race of the Vallarta Cup presented racers with light and shifty conditions on a shorter course. Turnout was lighter than in previous weeks, with only Poco Loco Dos representing the Cruising Class, and Shiva, normally a Class D boat starting with Performance C. The other boat in Class D, Harmattan, was unable to sail due to injuries suffered by her skipper, Daniel Kelsey, in a bicycle accident earlier in the week. In the Performance C start, a luffing battle at the start line found Olas Lindas and Mony on the course side of the line at the gun, forcing both to return and restart, but both quickly caught the pack as they moved to the weather mark. Winds never filled during the 3 hour race, and most racers observed a major wind shift up course, making tactics difficult.
At the evening after party, thanks were given to the hard work of the on-the-water crew, with special thanks to Larry and Yoshie Butts for the use of their boat, Stress Free, as committee boat, and to Dick Locke, who worked as mark set on every race during the month. Also helping on mark set Saturday were Risto Lappala and Bruce “Oz” Osman. Race officer for the day was Andy Barrow.
Trophies awarded were: Cruising Class First Place - Poco Loco Dos Cruising Class Second Place - Toledo
Multihull First Place - Cricket Multihull Second Place - Doggone Multihull Third Place - Cat2Fold
Performance First Place - Mony Performance Second Place - Olas Lindas Performance Third Place - Wings Honorable Mention - Bright Star
Performance under 30 First Place - Shiva Performance under 30 Second Place - Harmattan
Crews and guests enjoyed an excellent live band at the VYC clubhouse after the event.
Saturday's Vallarta Cup Race, the second in the series, gave racers from all over Banderas Bay a challenging triangle course, finished by windward-leeward laps. Race officer Al Garnier delayed the race for 30 minutes waiting for wind, then started all classes in a somewhat variable 8 knots. The daily thermal breeze didn't increase after that, forcing Al to shorten the course for Crusing Class A, Multihull Class B and Performance C.
As in the first race, Olas Lindas led Performace class most of the race, and was first to cross the finish line. Daniel Zaragoza's Mony was first in Performance class after handicap adjustment, however, the same result as the first race.
Racers were again treated to excellent whale watching during the race - at one point a racer reported seeing two whales and two dolphins playing together.
All met at the VYC clubhouse for an evening of bragging and Jimmy Buffett music.
Ready 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.
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.
Starting the first week in January and continuing through February 19th, the Vallarta Yacht Club is hosting all Cruisers (Puddle Jumpers, Southbounders and coastal Mexico) in the Banderas Bay area to a series Roundtables led by experienced marine business leaders and Blue Water Cruisers covering subjects of local government requirements and assistance, navigation, weather, on-board medical care, emergencies underway to sail, machinery, electrical and electronics repair and maintenance.
These Cruisers' Roundtables are held at the Vallarta Yacht Club each Monday and Thursday afternoons from 15:00 - 17:00 (3 to 5 pm), followed immediately by the VYC daily Happy Hour featuring 2 for 1 beer, wine and all well & soft drinks; as well as the first hamburger & fries at the low regular price and get the second for 40 pesos less."
The first of this Cruisers' Roundtables was at 15:00, Thursday, January 4th. led by Vilma Habelloecker of Vilma's Yacht Agency, and US Consular Agent Kelly Trainor. The Port Captain was detained. It was suggested that he be scheduled to become a participant in Andy Turpin's Puddlejump session in March to cover the latest Mexico check-out procedures.
Introduction to Mexico Cruising
Immigration – Vilma, Port Captain - Hector Medina, Navy - Aguiera Giez, USA Consulate - Kelly Trainor*
Sails Design, Materials and Care
Ullman Sails – Chuck Skewes
Rigging and Sails: Wear and Tear Underway With: “GET THE BALANCE RIGHT”