The Borinquen Island Sailing Association’s West Chapter (BrISA Oeste) and Marina Pescaderia, located in Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo on the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico, recently celebrated the 4th edition of the BrISA – El Meson Fun Day regatta. The event, open to any monohull under 19ft, attracted a whopping 76 boats from all over the island. The boats were divided in five classes, with five boats competing in the 420 class, 15 Lasers, 18 Sunfish, 32 Optimist, three open and three Playeros (a developing class from the south coast of Puerto Rico). Most of the island’s sailing schools participated in the one-day event and it was so successful that everyone agreed that it should be expanded into a two day event for next year.
The day started with a breakfast of sandwiches/muffins and on-the-spot brewed coffee courtesy of El Meson Sandwiches. The races got underway in perfect weather with 10 – 12 knots of southeasterly wind and flat seas. Although the free space in the marina is somewhat limited, they managed to launch and retrieve all the boats in record time thanks to the help of many volunteers. The regatta also had about six chase/safety boats in the race area but luckily there were no accidents despite the large number of competitors. The races were followed by a giant hamburgers and hot dogs BBQ with all the trimmings and refreshments.
The awards ceremony had to be postponed due in part to the large number of boats (only 30-35 were expected) and there were some issues with the results that required some time to sort out. However, everybody was happy and had a wonderful time both in the water and on shore.
BrISA wants to thank José Méndez, owner of Marina Pescaderia for his voluntary commitment with the youth sailing events. Likewise to all the volunteers, sponsors and contributors that made history with the largest number of small boats in an island regatta.
It was truly a Fun Day! See you next year!
Article and photos submitted by Roberto L. Castro, Commodore, BrISA West