February 27, 2012

La Manzanilla sailboat race over - Di's Dream takes first place

LA MANZANILLA, Jalisco, Mexico - The race wasn't the fastest. The wind was light and at times, almost non-existent all across Tenacatita Bay.

But the dozen boats in the race/regatta had a good time, got around the course in a relatively timely fashion and finished up in time for margarita's on the beach at Cato's Restaurant, one of several restaurants relocated in La Manz that had to flee Tenacatita Beach when it was taken over by thugs in August 2010.

Cato's also provided the panga taxi service for the shorebound who needed to get aboard their boats for the race.

Admiral Fox came in from the race after crewing on Di's Dream but caught her heel on the seat as she exited through the surf.


A few margaritas later at Joe and Barb's house on the beach - plus a fish sandwich at Palapa Joe's - and she was much improved. Good thing. She teaches Zumba early Monday morning in La Manzanila. Zumba doesn't have a limping step in any routines I know of.

I watched the sailing from the race deck at the restaurant Fiesta Mexicana, situated right at the start and finish lines to the north of downtown La Manz.

A large contingent of La Manzanilla residents were there, too, cheering on their local favorites.

As it was, Di's Dream took first place in its division, crossing the line smartly before putting the Admiral into the panga.

The race Saturday was sponsored by the Vallarta Yacht Club, kind of a warm-up for a few boats for the much larger Banderas Bay Regatta that starts March 20. Adm. Fox and I will be aboard the sailing vessel Lotus for that race, our third appearance. I have been training by lifting heavy bottles of Pacifico daily.

But Monday a famous local race - the La Manzanilla Cup - will be held, a very laid-back affair that will no doubt call for more margaritas, more fish sandwiches, but no panga rides for the Admiral.

Joe and Grant will be in this race, too, hoping for low surf to get out to their boat, I'll bet.

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