Started in December, 2000, the Great Chili Cook-off began as a way to get cruisers "cooking for a cause" - the event drew chili cookers from all over Banderas Bay to offer their best chili, often with themes such as "Ugly Betty" and "Cowboy Chili". Every year since then, the Cook-off continues to be one of the most popular events in the Banderas Bay area, often generating thousands of dollars for local charities.
Originally, the Great Chili Cook-off was held in the parking lot of the Vallarta Yacht Club, the organizer of the event. Two years ago the event was moved to the Marina Nuevo Vallarta Malecon, and was changed to also showcase the excellent restaurants in the area
This year the Vallarta Yacht Club is proud host of the 2nd Annual Taste of Nuevo and 14th Annual Great Chili Cook-off on Saturday, December 5th at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta Malecon, 4 - 8 PM.
The Chili Cook-off is an invitation for commercial and non-commercial teams (including non-profit organizations) as well as local restaurants to challenge each other to create the most popular chili. Two separate winners are announced the night of the event in December.
The Taste of Nuevo is an event for participating restaurants from all over Riviera Nayarit area to sample their best dish for attendees.
Some restaurants choose to offer samples of both their best chili recipe and another favorite restaurant dish to the some 400 attendees. Guests purchase sampling tickets for $20 pesos which can be used for chili tasting, restaurant favorite menu item sampling or used toward the purchase price of bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine and margaritas. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Nuevo Vallara Malecon, seeing over 40 decorated booths of restaurants and chili cookers
All proceeds from the event are split between the Vallarta Yacht Club's two charities "Families at the Dump and Navy League (Toys for Tots).
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.
We were saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of Philo Hayward yesterday. Lifelong musician and sailor, Philo was known locally for his pizza restaurant and community center, Philo's Bar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. He loved to tell the story of showing up in La Cruz after completing a sail to the South Pacific, seeing a local home at the site of what is now his bar, and deciding to puchase it. Philo played his music there almost every night, accompanied by musicicans from all over the world. During the season there was rarely an empty seat, or space on the dance floor. Philo always seems to be giving, to his local community, and to the community of cruising sailors that arrive every year. He hosted dozens of trips to San Sebastián del Oeste, not only helping people better appreciate that lovely town, but also helping that community.
Philo loved kids, having holiday events for the local children with hundreds of attendees, making sure that each child got a present or candy. During the day, his bar became a free english school and criuser's hangout, many using his extra rooms and showers. When many restaurants closed during the summer months, Philo made sure his place stayed open at least a few nights a week, ensuring not only a place for people to go, but that his employees kept their jobs during the low season.
There are many, many other things we could tell about his wonderful man. Suffice to say, "His was a life well lived". He will be missed by all of us. Our sincere condolences to his famly.