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Sea of Cortez Sailing Week

Can you think of a more dramatic setting for a cruisers’ regatta than Caleta Partida?

© 2009 Glenn Twitchell

With a terrific Banderas Bay Regatta on the books, a group of about 15 ‘can’t get enough sailing’ folks from the cruising class of 2008-09 have started to make their way 350 miles north to La Paz for Sea of Cortez Sailing Week. The April 1-6 sailing shindig will feature four days of Ha-Ha style ‘racing’, plus laydays at Caleta Partida and Isla San Francisco, a costume party, potlucks, a sunset cruise on Profligate, beach volleyball and other assorted nonsense.

Latitude’s Profligate, which snuck away with multihull honors in the Banderas Bay Regatta, will play host to Sea of Cortez entrants.

© 2009 Heather Corsaro

Because of space limitations for various events aboard Profligate, this year’s Sea of Cortez Sailing Week is all sold out. Well, it would be if anyone was charging anything for the event. Oh all right, if you really, really want to join in, and you’re really into sailing as opposed to motoring, you can play, too.

Greg Dorland and Debbie McCrorie’s Catana 52 Escapade, second in the Banderas Bay Regatta, is one of a number of boats rushing to La Paz for Sea of Cortez Sailing Week. She competed last year as Legato.

© 2009 Heather Corsaro

The skipper’s meeting will be at Rancho Viejo — the old one — starting at about 6 p.m. on Monday, March 31. Just show up. For further information on the event, try to catch either Patsy on Talion or Doña de Mallorca on Profligate on the La Paz net frequency. However, there is no guarantee either boat will reach La Paz before the morning of the 31st.

Bob Smith’s Vancouver-based custom 44 cat Pantera, the fastest boat in the Banderas Bay Regatta, has headed for La Paz looking for more trouble.

© 2009 Heather Corsaro

For the boats heading up from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz, Profligate will try to remember to host a Sea of Cortez Sailing Week Participants SSB net on the old 4A starting at 7:30 a.m. Puerto Vallarta time. Based on the current forecast from, boats should have good conditions for the trip up to La Paz.

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