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Riviera Nayarit At Full Sail With The Vallarta Cup Race

If you are into sailing, you cannot miss this month’s special events in the gorgeous Riviera Nayarit, check them out!

This series of races takes place every Saturday in January and marks the start of the competition season within the nautical community of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit started out the year at full sail with the 13th annual Vallarta Cup Race Series organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) in Nuevo Vallarta, taking place in Banderas Bay in January.

The Vallarta Cup Race Series is a series of races run by about 30 sailboats each day, marking the start of the nautical competition season in the region. It happens on four Saturdays during the month of January (6, 13, 20, 27), with one race per day and a party each evening at the VYC clubhouse after the run.


Participants are mostly local, though there are several notable national and international craft. The advantage is that participants can register on any of the Saturdays in January, including after the series has begun.

With 13 years’ experience, this regatta series has gotten better year after year and has been redesigned to include the participation of race boats as well as ocean craft, all classified under the Vallarta Yacht Club Handicap System.

During the competition the sailboats will leave from the facilities of the event host, Paradise Village Marina; the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and the Marina Vallarta are also participating.

Although there are prizes for the top three spots, truth is the majority of the competitors register in order to test their boats and crew before setting out on international waters.

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