Since 2002 Sailfest has built more than110 classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and playrgrounds supporting disadvantaged children at 31 schools in Zihuatanejo thanks to your Sailfest participation.

17th ANNUAL ZIHUATANEJO SAILFEST (Feb. 5-11, 2018)

SAILFEST HEADQUARTERS – La Plaza El Artista (next to Casa Arcadia Restaurante)

Monday Feb. 5 Welcome Dance 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Sailfest Headquarters. Dance with your toes in the sand to live music.

Tuesday, Feb. 6Benefit Concert 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Casa de la Cultura. Featuring the MDock band from the USA. Drinks and tapas are available.

Wednesday, Feb. 7Chili Cook Off & Street Fair 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Sailfest Headquarters. Judge the chili and buy local crafts.
Silent Auction 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Bid on items donated by Zihua businesses & artists.
7:00 pm Special Event to be announced.

Thursday, Feb. 8Sail Around the Rock. Morning. A fun sailing event in and out of the Bay. Crew spots available by donation.
Live Auction 6.30 pm Sailfest Headquarters. Have fun and bid on fabulous auction items donated by 200 + businesses.

Friday Feb. 9Gala Dinner & Art Show 7:00 pm. Restaurante El Mediterraneo. Great food, live music, raffles & two vacation door prizes.

Saturday Feb. 10Sail Parade 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The fleet “dresses ship” for a colorful procession around Zihua bay, then to Ixtapa and back. Sign up at Sailfest Headquareters to sail aboard one of the boats by donation.

Sunday Feb 11Wrap-up Beach Party, Awards and Raffle Drawings 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Sailfest Headquarters. Great food & great raffle prizes. Food tickets @$100 peso donation.

Buy $10 peso raffle tickets for thousands of pesos in great prizes, all donated by local merchants & artists to benefit children´s education.

Sunset cruises all week. Sign up at Sailfest Headquarters

To download the 2018 Zihuatanejo Sailfest poster, please click here

ZIHUATANEJO SAILFEST 2016

Since 2002, our annual Zihua Sailfest benefit festival has built 110 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 bright-eyed young scholars have benefited from your Sailfest participation.

Sailfest 2016 raised an astonishing $1,394,000 pesos, including generous grants from the Bellack Foundation, volunteer Jane Fiala and cruiser Pete Boyce. Local and international Rotary Clubs contributed an additional $44,250.usd in support of Sailfest’s vision of providing an educational opportunity to all of Zihuatanejo’s children, regard of income level or social status.

This Summer, in collaboration with the city government and local businesses, Sailfest/Por Los Ninos built the first new high school in Zihuatanejo in nearly 20 years. This Colegio de Bachilleres opened in August with 130 eager students, and is expected to grow rapidly. We also built an additional classroom at each of 3 Sailfest kindergartens to address increased enrollment.

Sailfest/Por Los Ninos awarded 45 English language scholarships to Ninos Adelante scholars. Thanks to the generosity of the Plymouth-Foothills and Zihuatanejo Rotary Clubs, 48 English language scholarships were awarded to local teachers; and 51 Hospitality English scholarships were awarded to school parents to enhance their opportunities for employment. The Rotary grant also provided a fully-equipped computer room at a Sailfest primary school.

Carol’s Beans & Rice program, co-funded by our sister foundation, Los Ninos, Inc. in the United States, fed more than 30,000 nutritious meals to the very poorest of our students who would otherwise go hungry. Grade point averages increased dramatically.

The State Secretary of Education has stated that the Zihua Sailfest is the most successful educational fundraiser in Guerrero. Our Municipal Director of Education estimates that approximately 2,500 disadvantaged children are attending school each year because of the cruiser’s dedication to Zihua’s bright-eyed young scholars.