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Day 1: President’s Cup Long Distance Race

Sunday was the first day of racing here in Puerto Vallarta.
The day started with El Presidente de Mexico, Felipe Calderon making a grand entrance to help the race committee start the races and fire the start cannon for each class. It was quite spectacular! All the racers felt very special with the VIP guest to start the races!

The wind started out of the West and built up to 15 knots as the classes started fro the upwind buoy. Spinnakers were set as the fleet headed down to the second buoy near old Vallarta and then back to the windward buoy with a finish in front of the Vera Cruz YC. The normal wind build did not come blasting into the bay, the cloud cover moved in and kept the winds under 12-14 knots the rest of the day. It looked like it might be windier at the start!

There was a little too much wind for the RP-42 "Quintessence" who lost their mast when a shroud turnbuckle broke and completely lost the mast, rigging and sails over the side. It was very sudden, very loud and very unexpected. The crew were safe and received excellent help from Ian Trotter who came down from San Diego to help with the race committee this week and race his J-24 next week and the Mexican Marines, thank you!

The first boat to finish was the RP-77 "Akela" who finished far enough ahead of the other Class "A" boats to also finish first on corrected time. The Farr 40 "Flojito" from Acapulco narrowly edged out the Farr 46 "Wasabi" also from Acapulco. In Class "C" the Melges 32 "Mojo" from Texas showed incredible downwind speed to beat "Bandido". As expected in Class "D" the Peterson 40 "Piet Hein" won her class with the newly re-furbished NM-41 "Shamadi" finished 2nd in her maiden race with all new Ullman Sails! Way to go!

As a special treat we talked to CYA Commodore Jorge Ripstein who sailed with his long time friend and tactician Dave Ullman, founder of Ullman Sails. Jorge and Dave have raced several MEXORC’s together and are racing the Farr 46 "Wasabi" again.

Day 1 video and interview

Muchas Gracias por velear con Ullman Sails,
Tomas Span
Ricky Brockmann
Bruce Cooper