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Fiesta de Veleros Takes in the Sunset and the Donations

The activities at Barra de Navidad Cruise-In Week continue. On Monday, a dozen boats departed Marina Puerto Navidad for a sailing excursion, on-the-water concert, and sunset cruise along the beach. Each participating boat took passengers, many — probably most — of them non-sailors. The guests paid for the privilege, with all funds collected benefiting local schools.

Helping passengers board
Monique and Scott of Baja Fog assist passengers boarding for the sunset cruise.
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“Counting Antipodes, our music and dignitary boat, we had 12 vessels on the water Monday and 11 out Tuesday,” says event organizer Elinore Craig. “Sixteen boats registered for the Flamingo Regatta on Friday. Altogether, there are 23 boats registered for Cruise-In Week events.”

John steers Baja Fog
John Schulthess expertly works the Lagoon 440 catamaran out of the slip in a tight corner of the marina. John and his wife, Monique Boucher, are from Sonoma County. They brought Baja Fog south with the 2018 Baja Ha-Ha, and they own Wind Toys, a longtime Latitude 38 advertiser.
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After the sailors and their guests had enjoyed a pleasant sail in a 7- to 8-knot south-southwesterly, they gathered to enjoy tunes provided by an excellent singer, Wendy Laurier. Like many of the paying passengers (and some of the cruisers), Wendy’s from Canada. After a year of pandemic lockdown including a northern winter, the Canadians were happy to escape to the tropical paradise of Mexico’s Costalegre, some for a few weeks, others for a few months. The region’s very popular among those from north of two borders!

Passengers in the aft salon
Cheers from Katheryn Watters (back), Lisle Waterman, and Dee and Bill Pozzolo. (That’s Pozzolo with two “zeds” — they’re from Vancouver.)
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Comfy helm station
Left to right: Cary and Cathie Anderson, John Schulthess, Monique Boucher and Linda Bello-Ruiz enjoy the sail from Baja Fog‘s very comfy helm station.
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Boats anchored off Melaque
The concert off Playa de Melaque. The green trawler provided the platform for the great music.
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The sun set while the fleet reached back to Isla Navidad along the beach.
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On Tuesday, a morning sail-out comprised the day’s Cruise-In Week activities. Paddleboard and kayak races are on the agenda for this afternoon, off the beach in front of the Grand Bay Hotel adjacent to the marina. Thursday, a street market in the town of Barra de Navidad and a movie night are on tap.

Friday will see the main event, the Flamingo FUNd Race. An awards ceremony on the malecon in front of the harbormaster’s office will follow in the evening. A weekend swap meet, family game day and a Super Bowl party will wrap up the week of activities.

1 Comment

  1. Rod Parker 1 year ago

    Such a beautiful place. Looks like everyone had a great time. Nice touch donating to the local community. Hello to my great friends Cary & Kelly

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