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Whale of a Time

“Hey, what are you doing breaching on our race course?”
“No, what are you doing sailing in my swimming pool?”

© 2013 Jay Ailworth

Talk about having a ‘whale of a good time’. . . Actually, it’s hard enough to do an efficient roll tack while your competition is bearing down on you, let alone when whales are breaching in the middle of your course. But we have to believe competitors at the recent WesMex Regatta on Banderas Bay were thrilled to be accompanied by this acrobatic cetacean.

As seemingly unique as this photo is, breaching whales are actually a pretty common site on that broad crescent-shaped bay. But it’s not every photographer who has the savvy to capture one’s image. Kudos to Jay Ailworth for snapping this terrific shot!

The competition, hosted by the Vallarta YC in mid-April, saw 250 kids racing Optimists, Lasers, 420s and Windsurfers. The top four qualifiers will compete in Mexico’s Junior Olympics.

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