The Past Blast….

The 2011 Banderas Bay Blast wrapped up yesterday.  This three day event provides fun for all comers, and good things for the local school children.  The BBB is a fundraiser that focuses on providing kids with school supplies, and the local beneficiaries came by Friday morning to say thank you…

The Banderas Bay Blast is a charity event for local school kids
Then it was off to the races!  As I mentioned, it’s a three day event, with casual point-to-point races each day and a host of activities each evening, but it culminates in the “Pirates for Pupils” charity spinnaker run from Punta Mita to the Paradise Village Marina.  For the final day of the rally, I was invited aboard the 63′ catamaran Profligate with a large crew of old –  and new – friends…  here’s about a third of our gang shoving off for the boat anchored out off of Punta Mita:
The pupils were left ashore and the pirates headed out to the boat for the Pirates for Pupils Charity Spinnaker Run from Punta Mita to Paradis Village Marina

The breeze was light, but spinnakers were up right away, the sun was out, and you’d be a fool to complain!  Down the run a ways, we caught up to one of our classes on a J/80…  here’s the the view from aboard Profligate.  And I’ll commend Rick on his choice of shirts and assistants for the day.

J/World J/80 in the background, J World’s coach Rick trimming, and future J/World  alum Saira before she sails off to the South Pacific…   right?

And here are Servando and Julio (with coach Chris) looking great as they jibed across our transom.  The breeze might have been dying in the evening, but the cheer and crew spirits remained pretty strong well into the evening.

An atypical evening cloudiness gave a bit of relief from the sun, and made for some beautiful lighting as we headed into the marina…
Another beautiful day on the water down here in Puerto Vallarta….  in December!!
C’mon and get down here…  you know you want to…
Wayne Zittel and the J World Team