We spent 3 days with Captain Patsy on Talion preparing and racing in the 19th annual Banderas Bay Regatta.
|Talion overtaking Vagabundo|
Every year Patsy invites her Portland friends to fly down and race on Talion. We were very lucky and got invited to join them.
I know it wasn't for our racing skills, but we do make great Rail Meat!
There were ~60 boats racing in 7 classes - all different shapes and sizes.
Our class had 11 participants and they were tough!
We were scheduled to race for 3 days, but the second day was canceled due to the Tsunami alert.
|Flying the shoot|
Sometimes, we were so close to other boats I felt like we could reach out and touch them.
We were definitely close enough to holler at each other and quote rules of racing - get out of our way!
|Start of the BIG Boats|
Just visualizing our home crashing into another boat and sinking to the bottom of the bay - oh my!
I don't know how Patsy does it, but she has nerves of steel and loves to race.
|Cirque starting the show|
You would be amazed how many people we knew from all over - including lots of folks from Alameda - who knew?
We had a wonderful time catching up with everyone!
They also scheduled some wonderful local entertainment for the kick-off event. Mariachis and a local dance group performing traditional music and dances from several States of Mexico.
We enjoyed it all!
Did I mention that we placed a respectable 3rd in our class? Will we did. Thanks Patsy!