|Gringos vs Amigos 44th year of Sol del Sol Regatta|
The basketball spun through the air, swishing perfectly into the net. Two points!
Before the ball had even completed its arc the Amigos team members were racing back down the court, confident in the outcome of the toss.
The Gringos, the American sailors participating in the traditional Sol del Sol Sailing Regatta, and the Amigos, the local guys, have had this matchup many times before.
|The Gringos have won this event only twice ….|
At the beginning of the game when the organizers were being introduced, the announcer said in perfect English: “The Gringos have won this event twice. Once in the last century. And once in this century.”
A slight exaggeration, but basically true. They have won only twice in forty-four years.
|Amigos toying with the Gringos|
The local guys laughingly took the beers, and then drank water, lots of water to re-hydrate.
|One of the regular Amigo team members|
Even with the energetic cheering of the assorted yacht owners and the stylish cheerleaders – in the end the outcome was the same; Gringos 28 and Amigos 42.
|Gringo cheering section|
The lively game, and good-natured ribbing between the players was most enjoyable. Sitting in amongst the various yacht owners, Lawrie and I, plus Brent Krausar were cheering for the home team.
The Sol del Sol Regatta features sail boats that chart a course from Florida, then sail close to the western tip of Cuba, finally docking at Isla Mujeres.
|Approximate course for Sol del Sol Regatta|
This year there were a few changes to the Mexican Customs registration and check-in, causing major frustration amongst the yachters.
Hopefully by race time in 2013 that will be sorted out.
This event brings to the island a great group of people who are a financial boon to the local economy.
|Traditional sweaty t-shirt exchange!|