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Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit, Puerto Vallarta Mexico

OFFICIAL REGATTA PROGRAM 
 MARCH 2004:
 
Saturday 13 - Welcome cocktail

Sunday 14 - 1st Windward-Leeward Regatta
2nd Windward-Leeward Regatta

Monday 15 - 3rd modified America’s Cup Regatta
 
Tuesday 16 - 4th Marieta Island Regatta

Wednesday - 17 Rest day

Thursday 18 - 5th Panoramic Regatta
6th Windward-Leeward Regatta

Friday 19 - 7th Windward-Leeward
Regatta
Cocktail and Prize Dinner

CIRCUITO MEXICANO DE REGATAS OCEÁNICAS

Un evento de fama mundial en los años 60’s fueron las regatas San Diego-Acapulco en las que participaban veleristas de la Costa del Pacífico de Estados Unidos y México. Por diferentes circunstancias a principios de los 70’s empezaron a experimentar una baja considerable en el número de participantes. Cada vez venían menos barcos y cada vez era más difícil contar con un evento del nivel de las primeras 10 regatas que hubo. En paralelo, había circuitos en otras partes del mundo que captaban cada vez más adeptos, competidores y seguidores: La Admiral Cup en Inglaterra, el Southern Ocean Racing Circuit (SORC) en Miami, el Pacific Ocean Racing Circuit (PORC) en California y la Copa del Rey en el Mediterráneo.

A mediados de los 70’s se reúne un grupo de entusiastas veleristas para dar vida a un nuevo concepto: La Serie MEXORC (Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit) o sea Circuito Mexicana de Regatas Oceánicas. Y eso eran estos eventos, Circuitos Oceánicos de gran nivel. Nacía una nueva oportunidad para que los mexicanos pudieran medir fuerzas con embarcaciones de Estados Unidos en aguas de nuestro país.

La primera regata MEXORC coincide con la inauguración del Hotel Las Hadas, gran desarrollo turístico de Manzanillo ideado por Don Atenor Patiño y hecho realidad por arquitectos mexicanos. Para premiar al ganador de esta primer regata Atenor Patiño donó un trofeo de oro.

Las competencias dentro de este Circuito han sido modificadas más de una vez, primero se hacía bianual y posteriormente se cambió a efectuarlas cada año coincidiendo con la llegada de dos grandes competencias de Vela en los Estados Unidos, una organizada por el Club de Yates de San Diego y la otra por Marina del Rey en California los que bajaban un año a Manzanillo y otro año a Puerto Vallarta. Al contar con las espléndidas instalaciones de Marina Vallarta en los últimos años se ha elegido como sede este lugar.

Las competencias tienen una semana de duración, iniciando días después de la llegada de los barcos americanos para lo cual los barcos mexicanos zarpan del Club de Yates de Acapulco para arribar en estas mismas fechas.

Por la parte deportiva se organizan en las aguas de Bahía de Banderas 5 días de regatas con un día intermedio de descanso. Los recorridos son pistas de barlovento-sotavento, triángulos de la Copa América modificados y una regata larga de ida y vuelta a las Islas Marietas de 25 Millas de recorrido.

La parte social es muy importante y muy animada en este evento: Inicia con un cóctel de bienvenida en el Club de Yates de Bahía de Banderas lugar sede de la regata, luego todos los días al caer la tarde, después de la regata los participantes se reúnen en el Club de Yates, esperando los resultados, ventilando las protestas y charlando y brindando por las vicisitudes del día. Al inicio de la noche los veleristas se van a descansar y los más activos siguen la fiesta en los múltiples lugares que existen en la ciudad de Puerto Vallarta. El día libre intermedio se ocupa en un Torneo de Golf seguido de un convivio, y como fin de fiesta se organiza una elegante Cena de Premiación la última noche del evento.

Durante los 29 años que tiene el Circuito han participado en el barcos muy famosos como son el PYWACKET de Roy Disney, el TOMAHAWK de John Arens, el SORCERY de Jake Wods, tripulado por 25 marinos, el MONGOOSE, el TAXI DANCER y otros, en cuanto a los barcos mexicanos destacan el NITISSIMA de Jorge Ripstein, el QUINTESSENCE de Eduardo Sáenz, el SIDEWINDER de Ricardo Brockmann, el SAETA de Rogelio Partida, el OLE de Antonio Elías y otros, en las categorías MAXI, IOR y Cruceros/Regata.

El nivel de los competidores de estos Circuitos es cada vez mayor. Por ejemplo, en la Regata del 2000 uno de los capitanes que participó en la América’s Cup, terminó esa competencia para una semana después participar en la Regata Marina del Rey Puerto Vallarta de Febrero y después en el MEXORC. En este Circuito han competido ya veleristas no nada más de California sino de todo Estados Unidos, Canadienses y Europeos ya que se trata de una competencia con reconocimiento mundial.

Para Marzo del 2004 existe ya gran entusiasmo: A la fecha están confirmados más de 29 veleros entre participantes del Club de Yates de San Diego, Club de Yates de Long Beach, Club de Yates de Chapala, Banderas Bay Yacht Club, sede del evento y otros tantos del Club de Yates de Acapulco.

En la actualidad el patrocinio principal que da el nombre a la Regata es la Compañía Relojera ROLEX apoyando en copatrocinios la Cervecería Modelo, los fabricantes de Vela Uk Sails, la ropa deportiva Lola Bombón, los astilleros de Vallarta Opequimar, diferentes restaurantes y empresas locales de Vallarta y el apoyo por parte del Gobierno del Estado y del Fideicomiso de Turismo de Puerto Vallarta

ANTECEDENTES
 
El Circuito Mexicano de Regatas Oceánicas (MEXORC) nació hace 29 años por el interés de un grupo de veleristas mexicanos que quisieron continuar la tradición de la regata San Diego-Acapulco que se celebraba anualmente llegando a Puerto Vallarta y a Manzanillo. A través de los años esta competición se ha convertido en la serie de más prestigio y calidad dentro de la Vela Oceánica Mexicana.
 
PARTICIPACIÓN
 
En cada año se ha incrementado la participación de veleristas, el pasado año fueron 20 barcos con más de 200 competidores y este año se calcula la asistencia de 9 barcos más de la categoría Maxi que vendrán de Estados Unidos.
 
DIFUSIÓN
 
Históricamente la regata ha contado con una amplia difusión en medios y este año contaremos con la presencia de:
 Prensa Vallarta Opina
Vallarta Today
Tribuna dela Bahía
PV Tribune
Homes & Living
Vallarta Life Styles
VIP
Reforma
Novedades
El Financiero
Prensa especializada
Mural
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El Informador

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If you travel south in the Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas), you’ll find a protected area, that through the years has become a regular attraction, not only for the different day cruise ships in Vallarta but also for those that enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. We are, of course, talking about the now famous Puerto Vallarta islands of “Los Arcos”.

These small beautiful granite islands protruding from the sea surface, visible even from downtown, which since 1984 have been classified as a National Marine Park.

Marine beauty in Puerto Vallarta

This beautiful Los Arcos National Marine Park is located out at sea between two beaches, Mismaloya beach, and Las Gemelas. At the park, you’ll find caves, deep tunnels, arches and a striking reef. It is said that the waters around the park are the deepest in the bay, with a depth ranging from 9 to 480 meters (30 and 1,600 feet).

This wonderful place is also a protected area for various seabird species that breed there, some of these include penguins, various species of parrots, pelicans and other sea and land birds. In the same way, marine life biodiversity in the sea around the park is also considerable, you’ll really enjoy a snorkel or scuba dive in the area, the water is quite clear and you can see different species of fish and other marine life.

Los Arcos is a place that is visited by many boats every day, they stop by this national park and all visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and marvel at the stunning scenery while doing their favorite activities. After the tour in Los Arcos, ships continue their journey south so their clients can also enjoy the beautiful beaches that can only be accessed by sea, such as Quimixto, Majahuitas or Yelapa beach.

In the past, not so long ago these huge rock formations were called Las Peñas (The Rocks), in fact, all of Puerto Vallarta was called that way, Las Peñas or Peñitas precisely due to the large rock formations near the sea limits, and in years prior the name was “El Carrizal”. It was here where "The Night of the Iguana" movie was shot by director, screenwriter and actor John Houston.

The Los Arcos Marine Park is not the only one in the bay, there’s another one at the Marietas Islands, one of the world’s protected biosphere reserves established by the UNESCO. The Marietas are an archipelago consisting of four land masses: two islets and two islands. The first and largest is 130 feet high (43 meters) and 1500 feet (700 meters) wide. The second is 160 feet high (54 meters) and a mile wide, approximately.

You can enjoy a swim, scuba diving and snorkeling can also be practiced here, it is also very common to see people doing underwater photography and climbing up the cliffs.

So don’t miss out on this natural sanctuary that has virtually no contact with civilization and where you can find species such as humpback whales, dolphins, giant manta rays, seabirds, turtles, swallows and other birds that enjoy the protection of this archipelago.

If you are in your plans come to visit Puerto Vallarta or you're in this magical place, we recommend that you take the opportunity to get to know these wonderful and unique places where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience.

So, if you are planning to visit Puerto Vallarta, or you already are here in this tropical paradise, take the time to visit and enjoy these marvelous and unique protected ecosystems, where you will get to know firsthand and in a real natural setting, the local autochthonous nature and take home a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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If you belong to the LGBT community and are look for the ideal place to enjoy a vacation at the beach, Puerto Vallarta is definitively the best option.

In addition to excellent weather, Puerto Vallarta offers outdoor activities, shopping and restaurants, sophisticated cafes, bars, discos, bars and strippers and transvestite shows and martini bars if you want to enjoy an intimate conversation.

That is why, among other reasons, in recent years Puerto Vallarta has been called friendliest gay tourist destination in the country.

International Expo & Business LGBT

Each year gay entrepreneurs arrive in Puerto Vallarta so they too can be part of the variety of businesses in Vallarta's LGBT community, these include art galleries, clothing and accessories stores, restaurants, houseware, crafts and more. With this range of options, it's not a surprise that Puerto Vallarta is the vacation destination that most people wish to return to on a second occasion.

The news on this occasion is the International Expo & Business LGBT to be held in Puerto Vallarta, and the main goal of this event is to showcase and establish business links between buyers and sellers that have products aimed for the national and international LGBT community.

Among the professionals that will participate from November 20th to the 23rd at the International Expo & Business LGBT in Puerto Vallarta are various service providers that include airlines, hotels, restaurants, cruise agencies, car rental, tour operators, travel agents, CVB's and leading companies that already offer their services to the LGBT community as well as companies interested in expanding their business opportunities into this market.

This great event offers business exchanges and the opportunity to establish up to twentyfour appointments between buyers and sellers, both domestic and foreign, over a period of two days. There will also be held a number of conferences during the event for those interested in learning about the tastes and habits of the LGBT community, as well as the new trends in this business niche.

It should be noted that during the Expo in Puerto Vallarta, Out Now will present the results of the "Out Now Global LGBT 2020 Study" a global study that reveals that Puerto Vallarta is located among the ftop three preferred sites for the LGBT community.

Mexico is home to 4.8 million gay adults that generate $ 67 billion annually (based on a study by Out Now). Brazil has 8.7 million, generating $ 95.8 billion annually, and Argentina has 1.8 million generating $ 27 billion annually.

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Each year the Bay of Banderas is blessed with the visit of the humpback whale, evolutionary studies and fossil records date the ancestor of the whale back to the Eocene period, in the case of the whale, around 50 million years ago. [Read a new article on the Humpback Whales.]

Whales visit us with the main goal of mating and to give birth to their young, they later return to the northern seas again. They arrive in the Bay of Banderas at the end of October and depart at the end of March.

Whales belong to the order Cetacea, which includes dolphins and porpoises; they are marine mammals that are descendants of ancient land mammals.

This terrestrial origin is indicated by the need to breathe air outside of the water, the bones of their fins, which are analogous to their land peers and the vertical movement of the columns is more similar to mammals than fish.

How they evolved from land animals to their current giant marine animal form was a mystery, until experts started to find evidence and fossils in the late 70's within Pakistan, which have established and show the multiple steps of the transition of the ancestors of cetaceans from land to sea.
All cetaceans are descendants of a land mammal from the Arthiodactila order, which includes animals like the hippopotamus, pig, deer and others. Cetaceans and artiodactyls are both related to the Indohyus, an extinct semi-aquatic deer, from which they separated 54 million years ago. The earliest whales became aquatic some 50 million years ago and fully marine mammals some 5 to 10 million years later.

Humpback Whale visit the bay around Puerto Vallarta

These wonderful animals have the peculiarity of having a pattern of black, white and gray spots under their tail. This pattern is unique to each whale and can be used to identify each individual. Biologists and other scientists can over the course of the years, distinguish one individual from the other, determine whom they have mated with and establish an estimate of the number of whales in a population. This information is then used to protect and ensure the survival of these beautiful creatures, as they are currently threatened and are in danger of extinction. The sad part is that despite protection, there are still many threats that keep them endangered.

There are still countries that ignore the moratorium on whale hunting, plus there are other hazards such as underwater nets that entangle them and they drown, another very common danger are ships and boats that hit them or run them over. The noise created by ships and boats is also very harmful to these animals. Underwater explosions, sonar, mining and oil spills and pollution can disorient them, poison or sicken them. Whale watching is also detrimental to these animals if not done under strict guidelines and rules.

We must learn and make an effort to protect these beautiful specimens, especially when you consider that these animals far from causing any harm, cheer us up each year with their visits. They are generally friendly animals that impress us with their playfulness, at least those who are lucky enough to see them in action.

Humpback Whale visit the bay around Puerto Vallarta

One of the impressive feats whales perform are their jumps out of the water. Their bodies shoot out of the water, occasionally spinning the air while they spread their fins and drop back into the sea splashing water in all directions. These jumps have been analyzed and theories include that whales could actually be playing, maybe they are trying to get rid of sea lice and barnacles or they may also be trying to communicate with other whales by this display of power and strength.

Sometimes they give mighty slaps on the water surface with their fins or tail. Once again, it could be playfully or maybe as a courting display. These activities are usually a bit damaging for the whales, because the barnacles and sea lice cause injuries when they break loose, even bleeding ones.
Another common behavior among whales is that they come out to watch us, just as we watch them, they come very slowly out of the water, they roll a bit when the head is out, to get a better view and then go under the water again.

As you can read and imagine, these amazing mammals are very clever as well as beautiful, do not miss the opportunity to visit Puerto Vallarta and enjoy a whale watching tour and be part of a wonderful experience.

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FONATUR, a Mexican government Tourism development fund presented 5 new projects for Puerto Vallarta. The new projects will continue to boost Vallarta's tourism infrastructure and will open up new areas for both visitors and locals to enjoy.

Puerto Vallarta is currently among the top 3 Mexican tourist destinations, so this new investment, that will be part of the Downtown Vallarta's integrated urban development program, is very welcome and has been expected for a long time.

Fonatur 2012 & Puerto Vallarta

The idea is to boost Vallarta to the top destinations worldwide and these projects will be a step in that direction, though it's doubtful FONATUR Director Adalberto Fügemann y López's predictions of PV in the Top 5 Worldwide is a bit over the top, just consider destinations like Paris, Rome, London, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong and even Mexico's own Cancún and it's hard to imagine our beautiful Vallarta could overtake them. It's nice to dream though :-)

The total investment will be around 39 million dollars in five different branches within the local tourism, these include sport and leisure, recreational and public spaces, markets, museums and art, and a retirement residential development.

The list includes:

  1. Metropolitan Sports, Recreation and Culture Complex (METRO COM), to be located in the Hotel Zone, close to Sheraton Buganvilias. A large sports, leisure and culture complex. About half of the budget will go to this part, including a new stadium, an aquarium, a park and a beach club plus a pedestrian bridge for easy access, will include a Federal sea-land zone and a sculpture park.
  2. Lázaro Cárdenas Sculpture Park and Amphitheater, some 3 million dollars will be used to recover the current park in Vallarta's Romantic Zone and offer more cultural activities in the area. Anyone that's seen the poor dried up park can see it needs urgent help.
  3. Sea Mall, around 2 million will go to creating a new fish & shellfish market at Hidalgo Park, it will include restaurants offering the same products.
  4. Cuale River Island Natural & Archaeological Museum. A bit over a million will go to the development of an outdoor museum and improving the park vegetation.
  5. Retirement Residential District, will include buildings, a new hospital, a spa and park areas.

The Vallarta Historical Center Tourism Improvement Program is in charge of many of the most recent improvements in the city, including the impressive changes to the Malecon and the new Los Muertos Pier that will be ready this December.

The goal is to create impressive and iconic sites in this beach destination, which will in turn boost tourism to Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding areas.

Anybody that knew Vallarta in the 2000's and compares it with Vallarta in the 2010's can see improvements in many parts of town, specially impressive is the Malecon, that now start off by Hotel Rosita and you can stroll comfortably all the way to Playa Los Muertos, but there is still a long way to go, specially with the impressive flops such as the Molino de Agua Condos, that have cut off the view and made it look, in my opinion cheap, like a Mexican style Miami. I'd tear it down immediately, but no one's asking my opinion, anyway :-).

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