Saturday, February 11, 2017

CARISMA Tops J/24 Yucatan “Regata de Amigos”

J/24 sailing off Yucatan, Mexico (Cancun, Mexico)- Jorge Ojeda and friends continue to have a great time sailing in their local fleet of J/24s on that spectacular peninsula in the northeastern part of Mexico- the Yucatan- a region famous for its enormous Mayan cities (ruins), like Chichen Itza and Tulum’s spectacular fortress along the eastern shoreline.  The beaches are fabulously white (made from shells and coral) with baby blue waves crashing on the shoreline, and the waters offshore are just 2-3nm max from the famous cobalt blue Gulf Stream- teeming with wildlife that is beyond belief- like giant bluefin tuna, huge sailfish capable of swimming in 60 kt bursts, monster sunfish 12 ft across, gazillions of flying fish J/24 women crewattempting suicide on various boat decks and, of course, a wide variety of sharks looking to munch on something tasty (hopefully, not your toes while you hike on the weather rail!).

The “Regatta of Friends 2017”, hosted by the J/24 Yucatan Fleet, was lots and lots of fun.  It was a good weekend for sailing with changing winds and unusual wind directions.  The fleet started off racing with 10 kts of breeze, but soon it grew fast to 20-30 kts.  For the fleet of nine boats, it was extremely exciting racing offshore!

Congratulations to the team of CARISMA, skippered by Tomas Dutton that sailed to a 1-4-1 for 6 pts.  Taking second were their friends on FILIBUSTERO just one point behind them!  Third was the VENDAVAL crew with 12 pts based on a 2-5-5 tally.  For more Yucatan J/24 Fleet sailing information