Why do we join VYC?

VYC is a great club with diverse membership. Reasons for joining are as diverse as our membership. 

Here is one member's letter on why he joined. What are your reasons?

Grateful to Be a Member
From Bill Noonan

You know, I’ve been thinking. About Vallarta Yacht Club, to be exact. Cynthia and I have been members since we first arrived on our boat, Crème Brûlée, in 2004. At that time we were happy to find a comfortable, cool place to come, meet new people, relax with a cold beer, and just hang out. And we were really ready to have a place where we felt like we belonged, far away from our home in the Pacific Northwest.

Over that time, the Club has changed, and so have we. The patio tripled in size to become one of the most desirable and pleasant places we know of to spend time, the restaurant fare has improved dramatically, the furniture and décor has been continually upgraded, and the Club has developed an international reputation for being a World Class yacht racing venue. This Club just keeps getting better. And us? We’re 13 years older, we sold the boat, and we’re staying in a condo. What has not changed is how perfect the Club has always been for us.

It’s funny how you can go through life not paying much attention to your many blessings. In this, our thirteenth season in Paradise, we suddenly realized how special Vallarta Yacht Club has been in our lives. The Banderas Bay area has lots to offer in the way of interesting and fun things to do, great restaurants and bars, great shops and markets, endless choices for entertainment, and of course the incomparable Mexican culture. All that in a ridiculously pleasant climate on a beautiful bay surrounded by incredible beaches, with some of most amazing sunsets imaginable. That’s what brought us here in the first place, and what makes us stay around.

But we started to think about the one very special place in this tropical paradise that we have been so lucky to call our own. When we walk through the doors of the Club, we are not only greeted by familiar faces, a pleasant lounge, bar, restaurant and patio; we know we are in OUR place. We are free to listen to music, check our email, read a book, watch the boat traffic, play a game, have a drink, snack or meal, or just hang out quietly by ourselves or with friends. Sure, we have lots of options to go to restaurants that might have better menu selections, faster service, prettier décor, or better location. But we can’t just go there and be – knowing that we are in OUR space. We know that OUR place will always be filled with people who share common interests and values. Some we have known for years. But we also feel comfortable introducing ourselves to other members and guests that we haven’t seen before, knowing they will become new friends. And then there’s the Club’s staff. They only seem to care about whether we are happy, not whether we are buying something. No pressure. Good feeling. Wow.

So this year, more than ever before, we find ourselves feeling very lucky – and proud – to call ourselves members of the Vallarta Yacht Club, truly our home away from home. The Club has been, and still is, a special highlight in our lives.

Want to join us? VYC's half-price initiation offer continues to the end of January.

Want to tell us why you joined VYC? Comment below.

Vallarta Yacht Club Invites You to Celebrate Opening Day

Sunday November 20 is the annual Vallarta Yacht Opening Day of the Boating Season Celebration.  Opening Day is a ceremony and celebration that marks the traditional start of the boating season. Similar celebrations happen at Yacht Clubs throughout the world. This event starts at 11:00 am and will be held at the Vallarta Yacht Club’s clubhouse located adjacent to Paradise Village Resort and Marina.

Key elements of VYC’s Opening Day include the traditional Flag Ceremony followed by a Public Open House and  presentation of the 2016/2017 events calendar. At 12:30 pm VYC’s junior sailors will host other youths from Guadalajara, La Cruz, and La Marina for day 2 of the annual “Dia de la Revolucion Regata”. Members and guests will have the opportunity to sign-up to go aboard one of the Club’s motorboats and observe the kids challenging each other’s sailing skills.

For more information contact Rudy or Daniel at 322-297-2222 or check this website www.vallartayachtclub.org for updates. 

The schedule for the day is shown below


VYC Clubhouse Gets an Upgrade for the New Season

When you first walk into the VYC clubhouse this season, you are likely to be a little surprised. Thanks to the generous contributions of several members, in both funding and time, the VYC clubhouse has a new, modern look.

Major changes include:

  • New chairs throughout the inside area (32)
  • New bar stools (15)
  • New tall bar height tables
  • New granite top on the bar
  • New drop lights over the bar
  • New lounge area with two love-seats, coffee tables, end tables and side chairs
  • Two new large glass-top circular tables
  • New paint throughout
  • New speakers on the patio
  • New (well, almost) ICOM IC-802 SSB
  • New theatre lights on the patio

Our sincere thanks for the generous donations from our members that made this possible.

We are thrilled at the new look, and we think you will be too.

Eight Bells - Commodore Al Burrow

We are sad to announce that former VYC Commodore Al Burrow crossed the bar Friday, June 8. He died peacefully after a three-week battle with pneumonia.

Al was born in Long Beach, CA, July 3,1924. During WWII, he worked for 2 years as a Navy electronic technician.

From 1947 to 1949, he worked for Philco-Ford as a Tech Rep to the U. S. Air Force in Europe, mostly in Germany and Greece. He continued working for Philco on various Navy contracts until Philco was acquired by Ford Motor Co in 1961, when he moved to supporting satellite ground station facilities for the Air Force worldwide. Al developed a number of concepts such as encapsulating a trailer-based station in Thule, Greenland and providing uninterruptible power systems for these satellite tracking stations.

Al established the Facilities Engineering Department for Ford in Sunnyvale and recruited engineers in various specialties to serve for the Air Force contract.

While living in Sunnyvale in the 1970’s, Al served on the Sunnyvale Planning Commission during a period of growth in that area. Al retired from Ford Aerospace Corp in 1989, after 42 years with the company. He had met Karen in 1984, and together they traveled the world again.

In the early 80's Al entered the yachting world, acquiring a new 36-foot sailboat which he berthed in Alameda. He joined Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda in 1982, serving in various capacities until becoming Commodore in 1992 and President in 1993.

Al switched to power boating in 1987, acquiring a 42 ft. twin diesel trawler, aptly named the Lady K. Al and Karen enjoyed many cruises on San Francisco Bay with the Yacht Club fleet, and on individual cruises. Achieving a yearning desire, Al cast off from Alameda in 1991 on the Lady K for a great adventure cruise to British Columbia, Canada. Karen joined Al in Seattle and they cruised the northwest waters for the summer.

After traveling around Mexico, and liking the country and the people, Karen and Al purchased a condo in Nuevo Vallarta in 2000 at the Playa del Sol, and began spending the winter months in Mexico. He served as president of the Owners Association for several years.

Continuing his yachting interests, Al joined the Vallarta Yacht Club, implementing several new programs and becoming Commodore in 2010. He made many friends in his time at VYC and enjoyed the club, especially the domino games! His last trip to the club and to the condo was in 2015 season, after which time illness prevented continuing the long stays. His last trip was for brief visit in November 2016.

Al is survived by his wife Karen Guthrie, and Al’s adopted family of Karen's two adult children, Jill Jacoby and Kyle Guthrie, and the twin adult grandchildren Lauren and Jake Howry, and Karen's brothers Ron and John Karlson and families from Washington State.

Fair winds and following seas, Al. You will be missed. 

A memorial service will be held for Al at Encinal Yacht Club. Karen has asked that memorial gifts be given to the Encinal Junior Sailing Program, and to the Vallarta Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program.

Thank You

The Laser World Championships are over and I am continually getting emails from competitors and officials commenting on what a great event this was.  After a week of recovery that included a massage, I want to take a few minutes to thank the many volunteers who made this event so successful.  This series of Championships represents the first time that four Laser World Championships were conducted sequentially at one venue.  There was plenty of concern by all parties that this could be done successfully.  Thanks to all of you, you showed the world that yes, it can be done and done well.
At the top of the compliments was how friendly and welcoming everyone was during the event.  You all made Vallarta Yacht Club a fun place to be and a fun place to compete.  Thanks to each and every one of you for contributing your time, effort and energy to the success of the Laser World Championships, 2016.  
Also on top was the great food and staff.  We all enjoy dining at the club, but Israel became very creative in providing a nourishing, wide variety of delicious buffet menus, day-after-day for 2 months.  And the staff, under the direction of Rudy and Danny, put their best foot forward and ensured that the needs of the athletes and competitors were met. They worked tirelessly for two solid months, responding to every need and every request put to them.  They even managed to provide some impromptu entertainment with their dancing moves that went viral on Facebook!
These athletes were top level competitors from around the world and they expect the best at the World Championships.  The On-the-Water support team that the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV) provided gave them the best race management they could ever have asked for.  This is the same team that we see at WesMex every year.  Their performance was so impressive that they were asked to manage the Youth Championship in Ireland later this summer!  While I am not sure that will happen, it is certainly an indicator that their skills and abilities were impressive and appreciated. 
A big thank you goes out to those of you who changed your plans and stayed here in Vallarta to help support the event.  And to those of you who specifically came to Vallarta because we needed you:  Al, Jeanie, Paul, David, Carol, Richard; thank you.  The volunteers at Vallarta Yacht Club are truly the best.  Thank you all so very much.
Enjoy your summer!
Linda Green
Chairperson, Laser World Championships 2016

The 2016 Fashion Show and High Tea Luncheon

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.  

For more information call VYC at 322-297-2222 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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).

Upcoming Events Around the Bay

Fri Sep 01 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Copa Mabarak
Boca del Rio Veracruz, Veracruz
Sat Sep 02 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Copa Mabarak
Boca del Rio Veracruz, Veracruz
Sun Sep 03 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Copa Mabarak
Boca del Rio Veracruz, Veracruz
Mon Sep 04 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Sailing Schedule Begins
Vallarta Yacht Club
Mon Sep 04 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Tue Sep 05 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Wed Sep 06 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Thu Sep 07 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Sat Nov 11 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
AGM Grand Marina Villas
Front deck VYC
Sat Nov 11 @ 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Junior Sailing Fundraiser
Vallarta Yacht Club
Sun Nov 12 @11:00AM -
VYC Opening Day
Vallarta Yacht Club