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Banderas Bay Blast Starts Wednesday

There’s no telling who might show up for this week’s Banderas Bay Blast for Charity, three days of tropical sailing fun and games that will see the fleet visit Nayarit Riviera Marina, Punta Mita and Paradise Marina. That’s because the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club, which is putting on the event along with the Vallarta YC, is too casual for a sign up sheet.

Nonetheless, the following are just some of the boats and folks who have promised to be there: Chuck Naslund’s Catalina 30 Saber Vivir; Greg Dorland and Debbie Macorie’s Catana 52 Escapade; Lou Kruk’s Beneteau 42s7 Cirque; Wayne Hendryx and Carol Baggerly’s custom 45 Capricorn Cat; Tom and Diane Miller’s Catalina 42 Imagine; Glenn Twitchell’s Lagoon 380 Beach Access; Steve May’s Corsair 41 Endless Summer; Dennis and Lynn Cannon’s Catalina 400 Pura Vida; John and Gilly Foy’s Catalina 42 Destiny;  Bill Finkelstein’s Valiant 50 Raptor Dance; and a couple of the J/World boats. A host of other boats have expressed interest or said they’ll participate if they can find at least one crew.

If anyone still wants to let us know they plan on participating, now is the time. If you wait too long, you may be shirtless.

The fun and games start on December 2 at 4:30 p.m. with a potluck aboard Profligate, which is anchored off Punta Mita. But there is a weather contigency for all those who would want to come out to Profligate by dinghy. Surf reports indicate there will be a rather large swell on Tuesday, so it may be tough getting out to the boat, as it will involve making your way through the Mexican Malibu surf spot. If it’s too dangerous, don’t attempt it, as we’ll have fun later on at La Cruz, a day later at Punta Mita, and at Paradise Marina.

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Now that you’ve recovered from an overdose of tryptophan, family togetherness and migraine-inducing traffic, it’s time to settle down to a little vicarious sailing fun.