Ed McDowell's Santa Cruz 70 'Grand Illusion' showed that a well-seasoned crew working together can still beat much newer boats.
catch up with old and new friends alike.
Sorcery, John Arens' Tomahawk, and Bob Lane's Medicine Man are only a few well-known boats that have raced in the enticing waters of Banderas Bay. The MEXORC event itself consists of a combination of buoy and long distance races. The races are held about 45 minutes northwest of Marina Vallarta (in downtown Puerto Vallarta) where participants' boats are docked. There are two buoy races on each of the first two days, followed by a long distance race the third day. The fourth day is a lay day. There are two more buoy races on the fifth day and a second long distance race on day six. The last day of racing is called the Gold Cup and includes a reaching leg added to the windward-leeward segments. Each day following the racing this year there was a festive, waterside cocktail party with music, free-flowing drinks and a variety of appetizers. It was a great time to reflect on the day's racing and to
EXORC racing always begins a week after the biennial San Diego to Puerto Vallarta ocean race — which acts as a 'feeder race' to MEXORC. Racing on the Pacific Coast is very popular with Mexican boat owners as well. Many have their boats taken all the way from Acapulco to San Diego so they can enjoy a full two weeks of racing before heading back home. Acapulco is home to Mexico's largest racing fleet. What was once a "graveyard for IOR
boats," according to Ricardo Brockman, owner of Vincitore,is now a thriving environment for the bigger racing boats. "Things have changed and now there are three TP52s and Peligroso, among others. We now have six big boats and six Farr 40s with a total of about 25 boats," says Brockman. For the last six years, the event has been based in the neighboring state of Nayarit, on the northern side of Banderas Bay. This year, organizers decided that it would be an improvement for racers and their families to base the regatta in the heart of Puerto Vallarta at Marina Vallarta. This was to enable visiting sailors to enjoy the hotels, restaurants and local attractions with less difficulty than before. "Guests have a short walking distance from their dock or short taxi ride from their hotels and events," says Juan de Pablos, Acapulco YC's administrator general, who was primarily in charge of organizing this year's regatta. Visiting sailors "can enjoy the hospitality and warmth of the people at every hotel and restaurant of Puerto Vallarta, and the highest quality of marina management under the administration of Opequimar." De Pablos worked with numerous local officials to make sure that everything at this years' MEXORC went off without a hitch. Some potential entrants for both the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race and MEXORC became concerned when they heard about the Mexican government's impounding of foreign boats — extensively reported in Latitude 38 and 'Lectronic Latitude since last November. The The ladies of "Olas Lindas" put on quite a show both on and off the water. They came in third overall in the ORR 3 Division.
The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.