March 11, 2012

Day 1: Pre-Race Governor's Cup Long Distance Race

 MEXORC is the second part of the Regatta Copa Mexico Olympic Edition, following last weeks smaller boats competition. Boats from the United States and Mexico will race together here in the beautiful waters of Banderas Bay. The competitors will be racing out of the La Cruz Yacht Club in Marina Riveria Narayit that is hosting this great regatta for third straight time!
Skippers will receive their class assignments at the Captains meeting in the morning that will determine what boats are in their race division based on size and potential speed of the boats. The competition expects to be tight amongst the big boats in Class A with defending champion "Alchemy" back from a fresh win in the SD-PV race. Alchemy will be chased by the slightly fast "Peligroso" and the pesty 52'ers "Vincitore" and "Patches" both from Acapulco.
The Class B boats will have very close racing with he fastest boat probably being the RP-50 "Blue Blazes" who also is coming off a victory in her class from the SD-PV Race, but Blazes will be having to watch the new and improved 1D-48 "Trigarante". NM-46 "Insurgente", Farr 46 "Wasabi" and the Concordia 47 "Ruahatu".
I expect the Class C boats to have the Overall Champion of last MEXORC, the Farr 40 "Flojito y Cooperando", give the other Farr 40, J-125 and other 40'ers a real test of who has the ability to score well in every race to take the fleet overall victory crown away from last year's champion. We will know soon enough!
Class D boats will probably mainly consist of the Acapulco fleet. If the wind picks up this week, we will see some real good racing with "Bandido" sailing toward the front of the class being chased by the consistently sailed "Piet Hein". Maybe if there is a lot of spinnaker action, the J-120 "Tate-i" will score some low points and be in the hunt for a podium finish!?