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.



4th to 10th February 2019
(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!

Monday, Feb 4

Sailfest Welcome “Meet and Greet” 6 – 8 pm. At the Pier. Cultural dance performances by the students. Drinks and Tapas available.

Tuesday, Feb 5

Rally ‘Round The Rock Morning. A fun sailing event in and out of the Bay. Crew spots available by donation.

Wednesday, Feb 6

Benefit Concert 7 – 11 pm. In front of the Municipal Museum featuring the M-Dock Band from the USA. Drinks & Tapas available. Live Auction during the breaks.

Thursday, Feb 7

Chili Cook-Off & Street Fair.  1-3 pm Plaza del Artista. Come judge the chili and buy local crafts.

Silent Auction- 2 – 4 pm. Bid on items donated by Zihua businesses & artists.

Friday, Feb 8

Gala Dinner 6-10 pm. Dine under the stars, in front of the museum. Great food, Mariachi Band, Art Auction and Two Vacation door prizes.

Literario at Centenario school 10:00 am. Bring a Spanish book and have the children read to you. Great opportunity to see one of our schools and meet the children. Sign up for transportation.

Saturday, Feb 9

Sail Parade Come join us for a sail around Zihua Bay, then to Ixtapa and back. 9 am-2 pm. The fleet “dresses ship” for a colorful procession. Champagne brunch 9-11 at the Sotavento. Enjoy bubbles & brunch while viewing the Sail Parade.

Sunday, Feb 10

Wrap-up Beach Party and Awards. Restaurante Casa Arcadia 3- 6 pm. Delicious food by donation. Come find out how much money we raised!!!

Buy raffle tickets – 5 for $100 pesos for thousands of pesos in great prizes, all donated by local merchants to benefit children’s education. Drawings held during all major events.

22 Jan – 14 Feb

All tickets for events and cruises available at the Sales’ desk at Plaza del Artista


The 17th Annual Zihua SailFest on February 5-11 was a spectacular success. The seven-day fiesta raised 2,109,923 pesos to provide educational opportunities for our least-advantaged children. The events included a welcome dance, concert, auctions and raffles, a chili cook-off and street fair, a gala dinner and daily sailing events. Approximately 80 cruisers and their local land-based supporters volunteered to organize and administer the events.

Forty-three sailboats from around the world — mostly from the US and Canada — participated. The cruisers were the heroes of the fiesta, taking more than 1,200 donating guests on sailing trips. Prominent local and international musicians donated their talents to perform sunset concerts at sea. Cruiser committee chairfolks, Tim and Donna Melville, from the Nanaimo BC-based Baltic 42DP Northwest Passage 1, deserve special recognition for their promotion, organization, dedication and just plain hard work. They inspired all of us, and even found time during their 10- to 12-hour working days to buy a home here. The sailing events raised nearly 600,000 pesos.

The Zihuatanejo community has enthusiastically embraced the dreams of the cruisers. More than 200 local businesses and artists donated gifts and services for the SailFest auctions and raffles, raising about 250,000 pesos for the kids.

Compassionate annual donors, including Sailfest co-founders Richard and Gloria Bellack, retired teacher Jane Fiala, cruiser Pete Boyce, SOB Volleyball Vacations, and many others contributed more than $45,000 US.

Zihua SailFest, in partnership with local government agencies, Rotary clubs, local donors, generous construction material suppliers and parents of the children, has built 110 classrooms, bathrooms, school kitchens and civic plazas (including 13 new schools), and established a nutrition program that provides 30,000+ school meals a year to hungry children, and has helped to provide hundreds of academic and English-language scholarships. Literally thousands of underprivileged, bright-eyed young Zihua scholars have benefited from the cruisers’ educational initiatives.

Did I mention that we have a hell of a lot of fun while doing it?