The Vallarta YC, guided by Regatta Chairwoman Laurie Ailworth and Race Committee Chairman Mike Danielson, knocked it out of the park with last week’s three-race Banderas Bay Regatta for cruisers out of Paradise Marina. With 40 boats, participation was up nearly 30% from the last couple of years, and the event went off as smooth as silk. The wind gods seemed to pick up on the good vibes and provided the best wind for the event in several years. Admittedly, the first day’s winds were erratic, as sometimes two boats headed on the same track were on opposite tacks. Conditions for races two and three couldn’t have been better, however, with consistent 12-22 knots of wind across the entire bay. A great new twist for the event was a 21-mile distance race for the big boats, providing a fast and scenic tour of the eastern part of Banderas Bay.
Winners in the five divisions were as follows: Louis Kruk and Laura Willerton took Class A honors with their true cruising boat, the Hayward-based Beneteau 42S7 Cirque. Not only that, they did it with all bullets. Latitude‘s Surfin’ 63 Profligate nipped Greg Dorland and Debbie McCrorie’s Lake Tahoe-based Catana 52 Escapde in the multihull class, which might have been won by David Crowe’s San Jose-based M&M 70 Humu-Humu had she not blown out her only chute in the last race. Class C went to Joaquin Bargello’s Vallarta-based J/24 Tenza. Class D to Patsy Verhoeven’s La Paz-based Gulfstar 50 Talion, which had come 400 miles from La Paz for the event, and which had about a dozen people fly down from Portland to crew. Class E went to Eros, Jody Ward’s La Paz-based Lapworth 36. Not only did Jody also sail nearly 400 miles for the event, but he sailed with a crew of local kids. Well done to all!