PV Race: All well along Baja Peninsula

Published on March 6th, 2020

Nathalie Criou, along with Gilles Combrisson, Danny Harris, and Synthia Petroka, are racing the 33-foot Beneteau Figaro 2 Envolée on San Diego Yacht Club’s 35th Puerto Vallarta Race. They began the 1,000nm course from San Diego, USA to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on March 5. Nathalie offers this update on March 6:


The first night was good – breeze stayed up in the low teens with a couple of jumps to 16-17 knots. We gybed early morning to go inshore and catch some thermal which we have yet to see. This could be risky but might be worth it. Those who live, learns.

But overall, life aboard is good. One crew needs coffee before every watch and the cabin now smells like a Peet’s coffee shop or Philz coffee for San Franciscans.

The mini bagels with cream cheese were a hit among the one crew member who requested them. Everyone else is going for yogurt and granola or almond butter and jelly sandwiches.

Spirits are high. Team got good sleep and we’re hungry for speed, with the boat behaving great – no major problems.

Sadly not a lot of wild life other than some tropical birds but the sun was out and orange was fast. As we turn to night, the moon is so bright that it feels like daylight outside. Dinner time for off watch. Crew. We have a visual on the ID35 and were working hard catching up to them.

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The 2020 San Diego to Puerto Vallarta International Yacht Race got underway on March 5 for five teams in ORR-6 as they began the 1,000nm course from San Diego, USA to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Staggered starts continued on March 6 for 16 teams in ORR-3,4,5 and March 7 for eight entrants in ORR-1,2.

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