I just got back from a nice week of distraction from my recent boat projects. A good friend of mine just bought a nice ketch down in La Paz about 2 months ago, and decided to enter in the Banderas Bay race down in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. I think this was only the second time I had sailed on a ketch, let alone race/call tactics on one!
The race is hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club, located at the Paradise Village Marina in Neuvo Vallarta. Paradise Village is kind of like Disney Land. It is nice, but pretty much completely isolated you from the real town and people outside of its gates. It does have a really nice beach, several pools, and even some Bengal Tigers (which I thought was a little strange) all of which you have access to as a marina guest, which was nice for me since I decided to save some money and stay on the boat.
The race itself was a ton of fun. Originally started as a cruisers only race, it still mostly keeps to its roots. There were a few fast catamarans, a J/160 and a few other boats I wouldn’t really call ‘cruisers’, most were much more traditional cruising boats. Morning Star, the boat I was on, is a Mauritius 43 Ketch was by her previous owner in his backyard over ~20 years. We were one of the slowest boats in the flying sails fleet, and since the owner had never raced her before, we primarily wanted to just figure out how to make the boat go. Although we didn’t make it to the podium at the end of the week, we all had a great time and figured out the boat. It was also the first time I had ever been on a boat with 5 sails flying at the same time!
Between the racing itself, sleeping in to at least 9 every morning, swimming in a warm ocean after breakfast every day and the lack of the need for pants and shoes for a week, coming back to work has been a chore. At least we will be out doing something similar on our own boat soon!
Thanks again to JP and everyone else on the boat for a great week!