What's Cooking at VYC this Season?

In addition to a great group of people, a world-class boating program, and an excellent bar, VYC also has a world-class kitchen!

Every year, a group of lucky volunteers get to be part of a panel to taste the new creations that our chef wants to put on the menu. This year, Chef Pablo didn't dissapoint, creating an excellent slate of new dishes to add to some of our old favorites!

Here are some of the dishes you can look forward to on the new club menu, which will be available after Opening Day:


Blue Cheese Salad

Green salad with onion, cucumber, apple, pineapple, bacon, and shrimp, with blue cheese dressing


Lemon Mixed Salad

Green salad with lemon and oregano vinagarette, with arrachera steak. 


French Onion Soup

Chicken broth with white onion, bacon, and white wine 


Asparagus Cream Soup

With onion, garlic, and Lyncott cream 


Chile Relleno

Shrimp, chicken, or beef, with red chili pepper sauce, Spanish paprika, beans, rice and guacamole


Chicken Breast with Spinach

Stuffed with goat cheese, spinach and herbs. Served with vegetables, mashed potato and three chili bell pepper sauce 


Salmon Filet

Casse and almonds with a touch a basil, mashed potato and green beans 


Steak of the Day (Rib Eye, New York Strip or Beef Fillet)

With red wine sauce, asparagus and a stuffed potato with bacon


Nut Tart

With vanilla ice cream

How's that diet working out? 

Chef Pablo is looking forward to meeting you!


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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.

Upcoming Events Around the Bay

Thu Nov 23 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Thanksgiving Party
Vallarta Yacht Club
Mon Nov 27 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Tue Nov 28 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Wed Nov 29 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Thu Nov 30 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Regular Schedule for Lessons
Vallarta Yacht Club
Fri Dec 01 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Christmas Open House
Vallarta Yacht Club
Tue Dec 05 @ 6:00PM -
Bingo in Paradise
Vallarta Yacht Club
Wed Dec 06 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM
Fleet Meet & Greet - PV Sailing (Note Change of Date)
PV Sailing Loft, La Cruz
Sat Dec 09 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
The Great Chili Cook-Off and Taste of Nuevo
Nuevo Vallarta Marina Malecon
Tue Dec 12 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Banderas Bay Blast
Banderas Bay
Tue Dec 12 @ 7:30PM -
Movie Night
Vallarta Yacht Club
Wed Dec 13 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Banderas Bay Blast
Banderas Bay
Thu Dec 14 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Banderas Bay Blast
Banderas Bay
Tue Dec 19 @ 6:00PM -
Bingo in Paradise
Vallarta Yacht Club
Tue Dec 19 @ 7:30PM -
Movie Night
Vallarta Yacht Club