The Signature Regatta WesMex 2014 is one of the four main Regattas of the Mexican Sailing Racing Circuit, being also a qualifier Regatta for the Mexican Sailing team to represent the country in various International Youth Competitions.
Banderas Bay is recognized for being a prime spot for Sailing in Mexico. The wind and weather conditions are ideal to the sport of Sailing, which guarantees the success of a Regatta. WesMex is a great example of seamanship, hard training and youth potential. For the past years, Vallarta Yacht Club has been hosting world class regattas, such as the Pan American Games, 2011.
Boat Classes competing this year are Optimist, Lasers (Standard, Radial and 4.7), and the C420 Class on its third year of participation, with an important fleet managed by the Mexican Navy. So far we are expecting over 180 competitors who will fill the waters of Banderas Bay with color and passion.
Optimist sailing teaches the foundations and the discipline of the sport of Sailing to girls and boys from 7 to 15 years of age. The Optimist boat was designed in 1947 and since has been the biggest youth racing class in the world. Most of the current International Champions, including Mexican Olympic Sailor, Tania Elias Calles, who started as an Optimist Sailor. After age 15, competitors generally move into the Laser class in its different variants, which takes sailing to a peak level, being a much faster and more competitive boat, with a worldwide fleet or over 200,000
boats sailed by top competitive athletes in a global international tour, including the Olympic Games.
The C420 boat class has been recently adopted by the Mexican Navy and its being used as a training boat for racing and navigation skills. The C420 is a two person boat in which teamwork and synchronicity becomes a very important element of sailing this vessel, just as any larger boat.
Constantly stepping ahead and caring about our environment, WesMex 2014 is signed up as a Clean Regatta, under the best practice recommendations of the Clean Regatta Program in order to have an eco-friendly event.
WesMex 2014 Schedule of Events
March 27th 9:00am Registration Desk Opens. Race Practice day.
5.00pm Open Ceremony at Vallarta Yacht Club
March 28-30th All races start at about noon.
March 30 7.30pm Closing-Award Ceremony at Paradise Village Resort Amphitheater.