Agave Azul Crew - Banderas Bay Regatta
There were 3 days of racing and lots of non-race activities. The regatta kicked off with a boat parade.
T-Shirts from every Banderas Bay Regatta
Below is a photo of Shindig, an Oyster 485, also from the bay area. They sailed well throughout the regatta and won our division.
Race 1 - Shindig in the lead
One of the non-race activities at the Vallarta Yacht Club was a seminar on whales. With whale sightings almost a daily occurrence while cruising in Mexico, we enjoyed learning about Humpback whale behavior. I was especially interested in learning how to avoid them when they are breeching near your boat.
Kathryn was particularly fond of this replica of a 6 week old baby Humpback
Thirty-one boats raced in this year's 20th edition of the regatta, nine in our division. The photo below is of Daring, the winner of the other cruising division. Daring rounded the 1st mark right behind us and blasted past us. They sailed their boat well and it was fun watching them throughout the regatta.
Daring - Dawn 48 Ketch - they won their class
We had good starts in the 2nd and 3rd races and everything went right during the 3rd race. This is one of my favorite photos because the 8 boats in the picture were all in our division.
Cruising fleet behind us
Trying to catch up to the performance division boats
Like I said, we managed to do everything right on the final day and we won that race. Big smiles and margaritas to celebrate.
Agave Azul margaritas
The final event was the awards dinner at Paradise Village Resort. The buffet food was great, the speeches were short and the band wasn't too loud. A very enjoyable way to end the regatta.