February 25, 2012

La Manzanilla sailing race underway across Tenacatita Bay

LA MANZANILLA, Jalisco, Mexico - This year's La Manzanilla race was minus the white tents, free food and free tequila, but it got going almost on time with about a dozen boats Saturday.

Oh, and the Corona girls in the hot pants were missing, too...

Admiral Fox jumped aboard the sailing vessel Di's Dream, after hiring a panga to take her and a bunch of other crew members out to the race course. When I last saw her heading offshore, she was perched in the stern of the boat.

Getting off the beach in the panga was not problem, but the big surf proved challenging to other small boats, including the rowboat with Joe and Grant.

Grant pulled his hardest and managed after several close calls to make his way out to Joe's boat to join the race.

In the meantime, I stayed on shore to chat with the rest of the racing peanut gallery. The boats got off to a great start, but the winds were very light at first. As I write this, the sailboats are about halfway around the course, heading across the best of the race at the westerly edge of Tenacatita Bay.

As soon as my Palapa Joe's fishburger arrives, I will chow down and head out to catch the photo finish.

Or is it, photo the finish?

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