Sailfest - Sunset Cruise - Every peso raised from this cruise will go to helping the children of Zihuatanejo.

Fantasia has raided 4800 pesos so far!

Race around the Rock – but which rock?

Fastnet Rock off the coast of Ireland or Black Rock off the coast of Zihuatanejo, Mexico?

Fastnet Rock, off the coast of Ireland

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017

The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race with 350 boats racing from Cowes on the Isle of Wight around the Fastnet Rock off the Coast of Ireland. A distance of 605 miles. We are offering places on the Fastnet Campaign for £3250 per person.

Rocha Negra, Zihuatenejo, Mexico


The 2017 Sailfest ‘Race around the Rock’ with the current entry standing at 10 yachts. Distance 10 miles. Anyone can sign up for a crew position on one of the competing yachts for 400 pesos per person. All proceeds go to build, improve and supply schools in the seaside town of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Since 2002, the annual Zihua Sailfest festival has built 102 classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and playgrounds for disadvantaged children at more than 30 schools, including 14 brand-new schools in partnership with the local community. Nearly 5,000 young scholars have benefitted from Sailfest participation.

Why Sailfest?

During the winter months we like to escape and go sailing on board our yacht, Fantasia. For the last 10 years we have explored the beautiful country of Mexico from the northern frontier and by the time we return to the UK, the Guatamala border. This amazing country is populated by some of the kindest and most welcoming people you could ever chance to meet. Many areas are extremely poor and for many, schooling is not an option. For others, lack of facilities such as serviceable toilets make attendance difficult, especially for girls. Since 2002 Sailfest has captured the imagination of local people and visitors, both land based and on the water, with 102 classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and playgrounds for disadvantaged children at more than 30 schools, including 14 brand-new schools with money raised.

Why us?

When we heard about Sailfest we were excited about taking part. This entailed volunteering to promote race crew positions and cruises to the public as well as offering our boat for the on the water the events. Having enjoyed 10 years of sailing on our own boat in Mexico we also felt it was time to give something back to the communities that have welcomed us to their country. Added to all this is the bonus of being part of the Sailfest community of locals, expats and cruisers which has been truly amazing!

We will be racing our Formosa 51, Fantasia in Sailfest. Just look what we found here in the bay. A matching pair of Formosa 51s!

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for the boat and the other for helping others".

Fantasia is a Formosa 51 Pilot House Ketch