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January 13, 2010

Los Cabos To Host Record-Breaking Desafio 2012 Sailing Event

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Sailing Los CabosLOS CABOS, MEXICO — The azure waters of the Sea of Cortes will be alive with excitement and activity this winter as Los Cabos welcomes the Desafio 2012, which takes place on February 27, 2010. This very special event is part of the “Bicentennial Edition” of the Mexico Cup Regatta and the nationwide celebration in honor of Mexico’s Bicentennial anniversary. Desafio 2012, a sailing challenge set to depart from the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, is one of two challenges taking place away from the main events in Riviera Nayarit.

On February 27th, two Mexican athletes will set sail from Los Cabos on individual laser boats, a smaller 14-foot version of a sailboat, and journey across the Sea of Cortes. Tania Elias Calles and Pablo Rabago Dorbecker, both previous Olympic Games competitors, will be sailing on a 48-hour non-stop voyage towards Bahia de Banderas. Both athletes will attempt to set new world records as no one has completed a voyage this long—more than 300 nautical miles—in a laser boat.

Both Calles and Dorbecker will sail again in February 2011 from Cancun to Puerto Progreso on the same sailboats. This expedition will last 36 hours and cover 220 nautical miles. The athletes are competing in these events with hopes of representing Mexico in Laser Class Sailing during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games set to take place in London.

“On behalf of the Los Cabos Convention and Visitors Bureau, we are very excited to have the honor of hosting Desafio 2012,” said Gonzalo Franyutti, President of the Los Cabos CVB. “These elite events will continue to position Los Cabos, and more importantly Mexico, as the best destination for sailing and sport fishing while promoting the country’s tourism attractions on a national and international level.”

With participation from Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, the Navy, the State of Nayarit, the Mexico Tourism Board, FONATUR and the Mexican Sailing Association, the “Bicentennial Edition” of the Mexico Cup Regatta will be an important event for the international nautical community. These organizations have contributed 1,500 national and international athletes and support personnel to help make this event a success.

Visit www.eldesafio2012.org for more information.

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