The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King, Jr.



3 to 9 February 2020
(first Monday of February following the Superbowl)

Sunset and Music Cruises start the week before and run until a week after.

Special Valentine´s Cruise will also be available.

See you there!

19th Anniversary

In 2002, the cruisers (sail boaters) anchored in Zihuatanejo bay & gathered to raise funds to build a bilingual classroom for indigenous children. Today the school serves nearly 400 bright-eyed young scholars. And a tradition was born.

Zihua SailFest is a seven-day festival that combines sailing, music, arts & parties, heart-felt volunteerism and an outpouring of international friendship. Although the tone of the events is light-hearted, the goals are serious – to raise funds for the education of Zihuatanejo’s less fortunate children.

Last year, with the enthusiastic participation of their land-based volunteers, the cruisers raised a total of $2,226,273. pesos to enrich the future of our kids.

Go Sailing

The cruisers welcome guests on board their sailboats for adventures at sea.

Sunset Cruises, Jan.20-Feb.14, 4-7pm. $400 peso donation. Enjoy the sunset from a sailboat at sea.

Concerts at Sea, various dates, $600 peso donation. Sunset cruises with live concerts by local & international musicians.

Rally ‘Round the Rock, Feb. 4, $400 peso donation, join an exciting & friendly sailing competition.

Sail Parade, Feb. 8, 9am-2pm, $400 peso donation. Cruisers decorate their boats for a colorful parade around the Bay and out to Ixtapa and return.

Valentine’s Day Cruise, Feb. 14, 4-7pm, $400 peso donation. A romantic couples’ cruise at sunset.


Monday, Feb 3

Sailfest Welcome Party: 6 – 8 pm. At the Museum. Entertainment by our students. Drinks & Tapas available.

Tuesday, Feb 4

Rally ‘Round The Rock Morning: $400. A fun sailing event in and out of the Bay. Guest spots available.
Live Auction Afternoon: 6 – 9pm, at the Museum. Fabulous items donated by artists & businesses.

Wednesday, Feb 5

Benefit Concert with the M Docks:  7 – 11 pm. At the Museum, $ 250. Featuring the M-Dock Band from USA with special guests. Drinks & Tapas available.

Thursday, Feb 6

Chili Cook-Off: 1 – 3 pm, at the Museum. Judge the chili and buy local crafts
Silent Auction and Street Fair: 2 – 4 pm. Items donated by Zihua businesses & artists.

Friday, Feb 7

Literario at Centenario school: 10:00 am, bring a Spanish book for the children to read to you. Visit a school and meet the children. Sign up for transportation.
Gala Dinner: 
6 – 10 pm. Dine under the stars, in front of the Museum. $500. Great food, Entertainment, Art Auction and Two Vacation door prizes.

Saturday, Feb 8

Sail Parade: 9 am-2 pm. $400. Join us for a colorful sail parade around Zihua Bay & out to Ixtapa.

Champagne brunch: 10-12am at the KauKan Ixtapa, $350. Enjoy bubbles & brunch while viewing the Sail Parade.

Sunday, Feb 9

Awards & Wrap-up Beach Party:  at Restaurante Casa Arcadia, 3- 6 pm. Delicious food by donation

Ongoing Events

Sailing Events: Jan. 20 – Feb. 14.

Sunset Cruises: $400. With Concerts at sea, $600.

Raffle tickets:  5 for $100 – Great prizes donated by 200+ local merchants to benefit children’s education. Drawings held during all major events.

Art Exhibit & Auction:  Feb. 3-8. At the museum. Themed “Flor de Piña” by famed local artist Guadalupe Gaytán.

Tickets for all events and cruises available at the Sales’ desk at Plaza del Artista.