Puerto Vallarta’s Bay of Banderas will host the first edition of the 2016 Copa Federacion Mexicana de Vela (FMV Cup) to be held from February 19 to May 30.
The international event will convene for four months of intense competition bringing together some 800 ships and 2,500 sailing enthusiasts and their companions, and expected to contribute over $17 million USD to the destination.
“The FMV Cup reaffirms Puerto Vallarta’s position in the international landscape as an ideal destination for sailing and boating events,” said Alvaro Garciarce, President of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “The waters around the Bay of Banderas have proven to be the best venue for international sporting events of this level. We welcome all participants and their guests and trust they will enjoy their visit to Puerto Vallarta.”
Set on the Bay of Banderas, a member of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club, Puerto Vallarta’s rich history is reflected through its diverse culture, gastronomy and residents. Its horseshoe shaped bay shelters tropical lagoons, rainforests, mangroves, pristine beaches, waterfalls, and spectacular mountains, making it a prime ecotourism destination ideal for a variety of water sports and the observation of Humpback whales that visit the area every year from Dicember to March.
The 2016 FMV Cup will include the following races:
Puerto Vallarta Race is an annual run from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, from February 19-27, 2016. This year marks the 32nd time the San Diego Yacht Club members head south to enjoy the sportsmanship and friendship typical of this event that is sailed by some of the best seafarers and fastest boats in the sport, making it fearcely competitive. www.pvrace.com
XXIV Regata International Bahia de Banderas now on its 24th year the event will take place from March 9 to 12, 2016. One of the more social events, it is one of the biggest regattas for cruisers and racers in the world and is the largest and oldest on Mexico’s West Coast. www.banderasbayregatta.com
2016 Laser World Championships brings together some of the world’s best Laser Class sailors from April 12 to May 28th for a series of four World Championships, including Women's Radial, Master's Radial, Master's Standard and Men's Standard. Being an Olympic year, some of the participating nations will use the Laser World Championships to qualify their representatives for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. www.laserworlds2016.org
MEXORC will take place from February 28 to March 3. One of the most important events on the international sailing calendar, it is expected to bring over 70 vessels accompanied by more than 500 competitors and visitors. www.mexorc.net
Visitors to Puerto Vallarta can watch the races from various locations around the city including the Los Muertos Pier, the Malecon and from the many hotels and restaurants located along the beach. Participating sailboats will dock at the Los Muertos Pier and Marina Vallarta which are open to the public and provide a unique opportunity to admire many of the competing sailboats as well as luxury yachts.
Puerto Vallarta’s Marina Vallarta, located just south of the airport, is a 500-slip marina surrounded by condos, and a boardwalk housing a variety of shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. The Marina area is also home to an 18-hole golf course, luxury accommodations, and spas.