The Extravaganza Nautica kicks off with the 30th Biennial San Diego to Vallarta Yacht Club, March 1-10. With a spectacular finish at Punta Mita in Banderas Bay, the 1,000 mile yacht race features several classes of boats, including multi-hulls. The 2010 edition sailed in record-setting conditions, with the entire fleet virtually flying from southern Baja across the Sea of Cortez to the finish line in Riviera Nayarit. Visit www.sdy.org .
The major event during the festival is billed as the Regatta Copa Mexico 2012 Edicion Olímpica (Regatta Mexico Cup 2012 Olympic Edition), March 2-19, which includes seven sailing divisions J24, Windsurf, Oceanic Race/MEXORC, Kitesurf, 420, Laser and Optimist. A joint effort between the Mexican government and the Mexican Sailing Federation, it is heralded as the most important international sailing event, a competition taking place only every two years. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012, events will be hosted at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle’s modern Marina Riviera Nayarit and the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta. Visit www.rivieranayarit.com.
The Punta Sayulita Longboard & Stand Up Paddle Classic, March 9-11, has developed into one of the premier surfing and stand-up paddle events in North America, attracting thousands of spectators and the top professional athletes from all over the world. The beautiful surfside village of Sayulita, 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta along Mexico’s tropical pacific coastline, provides the ideal setting. Visit www.puntasayulitasurfclassic.com
In celebration of the events, the St. Regis in Punta Mita is offering special rate for those who book their trip during the Punta Sayulita Surf Classic. The special rate is valid from March 5 – 15 for $315 (+ 19% tax + 10% service) per room, per night. Mention “Punta Sayulita Classic” when making the reservation. Visit www.starwoodhotels.com.