Time is drawing near for the 22nd Annual Banderas Bay Regatta. All entrants must be registered by 11:00am on Tuesday March 11, 2014. There are spaces left but you need to enter now to participate in the great race that is geared specifically to Cruiser. It’s a mostly laid back fun adventure that involves 5 days of fun and 3 days of racing. Yes, for the hard core sailors there is a “performance division” but for the rest of us who will be racing our “homes” this Regatta is simply just a pure enjoy yourself venture on one of the great and most beautiful sailing venues in the world.
The entry fee is $900.00 pesos per boat which includes 2 tickets to the on the Beach Awards Party at Paradise Village Hotel on Saturday March 15. Additional crew tickets to the Banquet are $300 pesos in advance (or $500 pesos at the door). There will also be a decorated boat parade on the first race day (Thursday March 13) with prizes for the top three decorated boats that are the most creative and the most fun.
The entry into the Regatta entitles you to join all the fun activities as well.
On Tuesday March 11 at 1700 hours the BBR Welcome Party will be held at the Amphitheater at Paradise Village. This is a free event for participants where you will have the opportunity to see one the area’s most interesting folkloric dance troupes known as Fiesta Azteca. They will be performing traditional dances of the ancient Aztecs from the Valley of Mexico. After the show you can drop by the Vallarta Yacht Club for Enchiladas and listen or dance to the music of Perla Alarcon.
On Wednesday, after all the legalities are taken care of (yes we need to satisfy the “suits” down here too) and tell you about the courses that will be used, the race committee folks and our local BIMBOS (that’s the Brotherhood of International Mark Boat Operators) will set up a start line and practice course so you can hone your skills and get yourself and your crew on the same page. At 1800 hours that evening there will be a Tequila Tasting at the Yacht Club where you can learn the fine art of enjoying Mexico’s National Drink.
Thursday is the big day. At 1130 hours he decorated boat parade takes place followed by the first race of the Regatta. All the entrants will cruise past the judging area as you exit the lagoon where each boat will be recognized and judged on what fun decorations you choose to make. Races will begin at 13:30 hours. More fun that night with a special dinner or Mexican favorite Tacos al Pastor – the traditional meat on a vertical spit, sliced thin and garnished with pineapple, cilantro and cebolla (onion). Yes more music featuring Trompo and Cecko.
Friday races start at 1300 hours. So you can wind down the evening events will involved a “Whale of a Party” where folks from the local Whale Conservancy will bring a whale for you to meet up close and personal (don’t worry it’s a really friendly inflatable whale). They will tell you a bit about the wonderful and awesome whales that are a source of joy and awe to those who visit the area and watch them frolic.
When you finish playing with the whales the Yacht Club is featuring what they say are the best damn fajitas south of West Texas.
Saturday March 15 is the final race day. As soon as all boats finish the race committee will compute the winners and ready the trophies for the Award Party. This year we have awards that you will truly feel proud to display. Just think of the bragging rights you will have if you bring one of the home as one of the top competitors of the granddaddy of all Regattas in Mexico and one of the most prestigious.
The awards party starts at 1900 hours and finally winds down at 2300 hours. It will be on the beautiful beach at Paradise Village Resort. The sunsets off the beach rival anything in the world including Key West and Maui. Many past awards party attendees have said they have seen the ever elusive green flash. After the always great buffet dinner prepared by the chefs at Paradise Resort and the presentation of the awards you will have the opportunity to dance the evening away to the wonderful music of local group Rossy and Roberto + 2.
Sign up and have fun. It’s a great way to wind down your stay in beautiful Banderas Bay and a great way to hone your skills before heading off to the South Pacific, the Sea of Cortes, or alas doing the Baja Bash.