In1524, Spanish conquistador Francisco Cortés de Buenaventura arrived on the coast of this beautiful bay. Legends say that 20,000 warriors came down from the mountains above and assembled in the lush valley, into his path. Their bows, decorated with banners in a rainbow of colors, were so impressive that the Bay became known as the “Bay of Flags,” or Bahía de Banderas.
Today the bay is sanctuary to sea life including giant manta rays, sea bass, red snapper, sailfish, marlin, dorado, dolphins and more. Humpback whales come each winter to birth their young, and Olive Ridley sea turtles return each year to the nesting grounds along its shores.
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The Banderas Bay Regatta has enjoyed a proud history of providing competitive FUN for all classes of cruising and race boats here in the tropical paradise of Vallarta, México. The balmy weather and consistent March winds make the protected Bahía de Banderas the ideal sailing venue here on the Mexican Pacific coast.
The Regatta is a non-profit event hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club, host to international regattas for serious racers, mega-yachts, and cruisers alike including: 2011 Pan American Games, J24 World Championship & Nationals, Opti Nationals & North Americans, and of course the Banderas Bay Regatta. The Banderas Bay “Regata Internacional” is the signature event of the Vallarta Yacht Club and the largest cruising Regatta (and most fun) on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The Banderas Bay Regatta was started by cruisers,for cruisers, twenty years later contributions from our generous sponsors and the hard work of our wonderful volunteers have kept the Banderas Bay Regatta cruiser oriented and cruiser friendly!
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for a history of the Vallarta Yacht Club
The vision of the Vallarta Yacht Club is to create a non-profit private membership organization that enjoys a prestigious reputation as a globally recognized world-class yacht club known for its service to members and contributions to yachting and the Banderas Bay region. The Club has three objectives to attain that enviable status: