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Z-Fest Nets Crucial Aid for Young Scholars

Saturday brought big fun to indigenous kids, who rarely even get to visit nearby beaches. Cruisers and shore-based expats hosted a variety of beach games.

© 2009 Z-Fest Committee / Lee

At a time when negative financial news is making headlines worldwide, cruisers and shore-based expats worked together in Zihuatanejo last week to garner roughly $45,000, which will aid local schools for underprivileged children. The annual event that facilitates this outpouring of goodwill is called Zihua Sailfest.

Roughly 25 boats participated in the Parade of Sail, from Zihua Bay to Ixtapa and back. Fees from paying guests added to the kitty.

© Z-Fest Committee / Julia

Unlike a typical regatta, every element of Z-Fest’s week-long schedule of fun-filled events has a fundraising component. The funds are distributed by the nonprofit Por Los Niños organization (which extracts zero administrative costs) to about 20 schools in the hills surrounding the city, most of which are attended by indigenous children who would have little chance of an education otherwise. Read more about Z-Fest in the March edition of Latitude 38.

Louis and Laura Kruk’s San Francisco-based Beneteau First 42s7 Cirque, left, took line honors in the Pursuit Race, but Steve and Pam Lannen’s Beneteau 405 Full Quiver, right, corrected out to win.

© Z-Fest Committee

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