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Umbrella Regatta in La Cruz

Cruisers in La Cruz jury-rig their small craft with umbrellas and other cobbled-together ‘sails’ for a Summer Sailstice regatta.

© Jorge Morales

"This is our third year of celebrating Summer Sailstice in Banderas Bay, Mexico," writes Katrina Liana of Marina Riviera Nayarit. "Umbrellas or any custom material catch the wind with anything that floats, without a motor and with some sort of rudder control." Racers are scored on style points, finish place, and capsize avoidance. Pacific Paddle introduced a new type of monster-size SUP boards for up to 2-8 people each. Three of the teams had children as crew.

The eight-man paddleboard division was obviously competitive.

© Marina Riviera Nayarit

"Disclaimer — no humans were harmed during these events," said Liana. "Join us next year for the 2016 Summer Sailstice and Paddle Regatta at Marina Riviera Nayarit!"

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"Tell me where there is another marina where you can have an Umbrella downwinder, a full-contact 8-man (and kids) paddle board rally, and have the security guards cook the tacos," said co-organizer Mike Danielson of PV Sailing-La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. "This place rocks!"

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