Puerto Vallarta will host the 42nd edition of the Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit, MEXORC, from March 9-14 as part of the festivities taking place for its 100th anniversary. The destination is expecting to receive about 30 ocean-type sailboats ranging from 37 to 70 feet in length for this edition, each with an average of 12 crew members. Teams will be coming from Mexico, the United States, Canada, Germany, Holland, France and various South American countries.
The international regatta began in the 60’s and will begin this year’s competition with the “Centennial Puerto Vallarta Race” in celebration of Puerto Vallarta centennial.
“MEXORC is an international, world-class event that adds to the centennial celebrations taking place in Puerto Vallarta, but above all, it is an event that contributes to the efforts currently undertaken by the destination to attract tourists interested in the sports tourism segment” said Javier Aranda Pedrero, General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Turismo Board. “Puerto Vallarta is an ideal destination for the sports tourism market and it is important for us to show that our coast has everything needed to practice any sport.”
For his part, Arch. Ernesto Amtmann, President of MEXORC 2018’ s Organizing Committee, announced that in addition to the crews, international associations representing other regattas and press will also be in attendance as well as special guests who wish to observe and celebrate the maritime sports from up close, including catching a glimpse of dolphins and humpback whales.
The competitions will take place for 6 days on the Bay of Banderas. Seven regattas will be completed under 4 classes. The nautical headquarters will be the Marina Vallarta BVG which has a 500-slip marina surrounded by condos, and a boardwalk housing a variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. The Marina area is also home to an 18-hole golf course, luxury accommodations and in the same area as the destination’s cruise port.
Puerto Vallarta’s Marina will have the support of the Yacht Club of Vallarta, the Yacht Club of Acapulco, the Mexican Association of Oceanic Sailing and the Mexican Sailing Federation. MEXORC is an international regatta with participants from the most important clubs and marinas from around the world.
About the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board: The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is responsible for promoting Puerto Vallarta as a touristdestination both in national and international markets. Located in the heart of Mexico’s Pacific coastline and framed by the rugged, tropical Sierra Madre Mountains to the east and facing Banderas Bay, Mexico’s largest natural bay and second largest on the American continent, Puerto Vallarta is easily accessible from the U.S. and Canada. Puerto Vallarta enjoys a warm tropical climate year-round, with average daytime temperatures of 80 F and cooler evening temperatures in winter months. Located 4 miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta, Gustavo Diaz International airport receives over 4 million visitors annually. The destination is home to 300,000 residents and offers an estimated 12,400 hotel rooms with over half in 4-star-plus properties.