Over the past four weekends, yachts from all over Banderas Bay have participated in the 11th running of Vallarta Cup. This series, featuring boats from 23 to 50 feet, includes race courses that cover Banderas Bay from as far south as Puerto Vallarta to as far north as La Cruz and the surrounding areas. Our beautiful Banderas Bay offered up beautiful scenery and occasionally even good wind!
Racers and VYC members enjoyed after-race parties at VYC every Saturday night of the event, including rock, blues, reggae, and even the Caribbean Soul of Jimmy Buffett.
A total of 21 boats signed up for the event, competing in one of four classes, from Cruising Class to Performance.
Reichel Pugh 42
Sweden Yachts 38
Performance (Under 30ft)
Jenneau Sun Fast 40
As the overall winner of after corrections, and one of the boats that completed the entire series, SHIVA also won the Vallarta Cup perpetual trophy.
Join us on Friday, February 19th at the Vallarta Yacht Club for our annual Fashion Show and Luncheon from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm.
The 2016 Fashion Show will feature creative fashion designs, jewelry and accessories from local and regional designers and will be modeled by VYC members. The show will be preceded by a “high tea” style luncheon.
You can take your favorites designs home with you, as they will be offered for sale after the show.
Tickets are $350 pesos and are on sale at the Vallarta Yacht Club now. Hurry! Tickets are sold pre-show only and sales close February 17th.
This very popular event always sells out, so be sure to buy you tickets early! Doors will be open for the event at 11:30.
The Vallarta Yacht Club is located adjacent to Paradise Village Resort and Marina in Nueva Vallarta (near the boat ramp).
Just about anyone who has sailed the warm waters and consistent winds of beautiful Banderas Bay will tell you, it’s an awesome place to sail! Over the years, sailors from all over the world have come here to compete with great sailors and enjoy our wonderful hospitality.
Next year, something special is going to happen. The Federation Mexicana de Vela will be hosting the FMV Cup 2016 Vallarta-Nayarit. From February until the end of May, sailors from all over the world will experience some of the best sailboat racing and apre-sail parties in the world.
FMV Cup 2016 will be an umbrella event, encompassing several sailing competitions throughout its four-month duration. Here’s what’s on the schedule:
As the weather cools off and summer becomes fall, we look forward to the high season once again in beautiful Banderas Bay. Our full time resident VYC members look forward to welcoming back those members who call Banderas Bay their home during the winter, and we look forward to welcoming new members into our VYC family.
We extend a hearty welcome to our new Gold Flag members:
Terry and Patty Klaus
Jess and Janet Coburn
Bruce Biddick and Christy Fletcher
Andy and Liz Barrow
Al and Jeanie Benaroya
Bruce & Marie Gardner
We hope to feature more members in our “Welcome New Gold Flag Members” shout-out very soon.
This update from your Commodore contains some very important information that you will want to be aware of now, rather than later when you return to Mexico and the Vallarta Yacht Club. As I mentioned last month, we legally have been required to set-up our restaurant and bar operation as a “for-profit” business. As an immediate solution, we did take this action effective in August. But, we are still working out the details. Changes that you will see become very prominent when you open the menu and notice two changes:
There is now only one price for each item. Members will receive a 25% discount. Any non-member (or delinquent dues member) will need to pay the full menu price. Plankowners and Gold Flag members receive a 40% discount.
We now are required to pay a 16% Value Added Tax (IVA) onto the amount actually paid for food and beverages. Thankfully, the value of the MXN Peso seems to be holding steady below its high mark of 17 pesos to the US Dollar.
Now for some good news!
You will recall that last month we announced our successes in reaching four major negotiation terms with Paradise Village management that will continue to be of benefit to our Club. And, that this Spring we have been able to establish the Vallarta(YC) Sailing Foundation, a California non-profit public foundation with IRS 501(c)(3) tax benefits. And, here are two ways that combining the above functions can benefit the individual VYC member:
Donate $1,500.00 or more to the Vallarta Sailing Foundation and become a Gold Flag VYC Member. VYC Gold Flag members can maintain their membership with a minimum of only 2 months dues and receive an additional 15% discount on all food and beverage. Of course there is a value to these benefits (estimated at $270.00) leaving a remaining $1,230.00 effective US tax-deductable donation.
Rent a Paradise Village Marina 38’ to 42’ slip directly from the Vallarta Sailing Foundation. You must pay the identical rates as the Marina charges, but there is a direct Mexican tax avoidance of over $1,000.00 per year. These slips are available to VYC members with preference given to year-round applicants.
For further information about the newly formed Vallarta Sailing Foundation, or to make a donation, please see the attached FAQ sheet. Or, in regard to the above good deals and general questions, please contact Andy Barrow (925 270-0473), Linda Green (510 846-2571) or myself (510 846-0230).
For detail on Vallarta Sailing Foundation, and how VYC Members can benefit, click here.