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The Banderas Bay Regatta Sails into Town

by Craig Zabransky on March 3, 2011

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Sailing. The vast openness of the ocean captivates our imagination. We often dream of the idyllic vacation of a week long sail or the perfect sunset sail with a cocktail. But whatever you dream, the fact remains the people who sail (or even enjoying sailing) simply know how to have a good time.

Next week, March 8th-12th, that good time comes to Puerto Vallarta.  Nuevo Vallarta along the Riviera Nayarit will be filled with sailboats participating in the Banderas Bay Regatta and Nautical Festival. In it’s 19th year, the event promises to be its biggest and best ever as calls from the sailing community were answered with more nightly activities such as Mariachi and native Aztec dancing performances.

The fun, but competitive races organized between boats are specifically designed for cruisers, but catamarans and race boats also join the fun in the non profit event. Hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club the annual event is the destination’s signature sailing event.

The host club is located next to the Paradise Village Marina in Riviera Nayarit and for additional information on how to register you can click here.

Puerto Vallarta’s Banderas Bay is a premier sailing venue on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The bay, one of the largest natural bays in Mexico, provides many activities for all who come to Puerto Vallarta.  The blue waters are home to humpback whales and other sea life and provide a steady afternoon winds that consistently range from 12-18 knots. Ihe winds make for great sailing and also provide that refreshing beach breeze most travelers (including me) really appreciate.

So whether you aim to participate in the events at sea, the nightly festivities or just watch the boats from the many beaches get ready on March 8th-12th the sailboats of the Banderas Bay Regatta come to Puerto Vallarta.

Photos are from Jay Ailworth at Strange Bird Photos

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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