Friday, March 6, 2020

Puerto Vallarta Race Preview

J/145 sailing off California(San Diego, CA)- Held bi-annually, anticipation has been building for the 2020 Puerto Vallarta Race as race day approaches. Hosted by San Diego YC, the 1,200 nm race has been famous for two elements- the classic spinnaker-driven sleigh ride down the Mexican coast to the end of the Baja Peninsula, then a left turn at Cabo San Lucas across the Sea of Cortez, to the finish line off Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico that is at the opening of Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay).

The race has always attracted J/sailors of various stripes and experience over the course of time.  This year, two veteran offshore racing teams will be going at it hard in a 1,200nm dog-fight for offshore supremacy. One of the protagonists is well-known in SoCal racing circles; that is Mark Surber's J/125 DERIVATIVE from San Diego YC sailing in ORR 3 Division. The other is a first-timer to the event, Roger Gatewood's J/145 KATANA from Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida that will be sailing in ORR 5 Division.  For more San Diego to Puerto Vallarta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.