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December 18, 2009updated Feb 07, 2013

Riviera Nayarit to Host Nextel Bicentennial Edition of Mexico Cup Regatta

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, the Navy, the State of Nayarit, the Mexico Tourism Board, FONATUR (Mexico’s National Trust for the Promotion of Tourism) and the Mexican Sailing Association will head the official “Bicentennial Edition” of the Mexico Cup Regatta.

This world class event will take place in Riviera Nayarit on February 27th to March 13th 2010, as part of Mexico’s Bicentennial Independence celebrations and centennial of the Mexican Revolution. This elite event will continue to position Mexico as the best destination for sail and sport fishing, and at the same time promote the country’s tourism attractions on a national and international level.

The Mexico Cup Regatta will bring together a variety of sectors within Mexico, including the participation of government and private initiatives. The event will set international standards for sailing competitions, generating important benefits for the country’s tourism promotion while having an important impact within the international nautical community.

As a result, the organizers and sailing associations involved have set forth more than 1,500 national and international athletes and support personnel to help make this event a success and position it as one of the most competitive events within the sailing spectrum, such as America’s Cup, Copa del Rey, Volvo Ocean Race and the Rolex Cup Racing.

Participating in the official event presentation were Ralph Nelles, President of the Mexican Sailing Federation; Oscar Fitch, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board; Miguel Gomez, General Director of FONATUR; Bernardo de la Garza, General Director of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports; Jose Manuel Villalpando, Executive Programs Coordinator for the Bicentennial Independence and Centennial Mexican Revolution festivities Organizing Commission and Ernesto Amtmann, President of the Mexico Cup Regatta Organizing Committee.

Carlos Ortega, Communications Director for Nextel Mexico said, “Over the past eleven years, since its initial start in Mexico, Nextel has positioned itself as a leader and supporter of a wide variety of sports. And on this monumental occasion, we are once again very proud to present such an amazing event that we are confident will be well received in both the sporting and tourism industries.”

The Regatta will take place in Bandera’s Bay, in front of the Riviera Nayarit coast; with distinct areas established by marked buoys that create different routes and distances that follow the guidelines for each class.

In the past, Mexico has played host to similar events in the sailing industry. In 2007, Bandera’s Bay was home to the J-24 World Championship, with teams from Brazil, Argentina, United States, Canada and Portugal. In 2008, this destination hosted the Mexican Circuit of Oceanica’s Regattas MEXORC, where vessels from the United States, Mexico and Canada participated. Looking forward, it will also host the Pan American Games in 2011.

In addition to these events, the Mexico Cup Regatta will also have two other events: One will be the beach festival Mexico Cup with activities like beach football tournaments and ladies’ beach volleyball tournaments. For these events, a stadium will be placed on the beach with a capacity for 2,500 spectators. In the second event, the “2012 Challenge”, Tania Elias Calles will establish a Guinness World Record by sailing a Laser boat 300 nautical miles departing Los Cabos, B.C. Sur to Bahia de Banderas.

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The Mexico Cup Regatta will be celebrated biannually on a permanent basis, without a doubt boosting the sailing industry and helping to generate a tourism platform that will allow Mexico to take advantage and maximize it’s coastlines while steering promotional efforts and diversified activities towards those less explored such as nautical sports.


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