Sailors ready for ILCA 7 Masters World Championship

The 2022 ILCA 7 Masters World Championship has kicked off in Riviera Nayarit, Nueveo Vallarta, Mexico.

Today is the final day for equipment inspection, and there will be a practice race held for the competitors before the Opening Ceremony this evening.

This year’s championship will take place on the waters of Banderas Bay, the second largest bay on the North American coast, which has a very mild climate with extremely reliable wind and sea conditions. The wind is forecasted to be about 12–17 knots, similar to last week’s conditions during the ILCA 7 Men’s World Championship.

The event is hosted by Paradise Village and Vallarta Yacht Club, offering warm and sunny weather, steady wind, and hospitality all around. Vallarta Yacht Club is a private independent yacht club conveniently adjacent to The Paradise Village Resorts, Spa, and Marina, which provides on-site lodging and amenities for the event.

People at tables outside.
Pre-regatta celebrations. Pic – John Pounder

Racing begins tomorrow with two races scheduled for each day. There will be three days of racing, a reserve day, followed by another three days of racing. With 65 sailors competing, the event will be split into three fleets: Apprentice and Masters, Grand Masters, and Great Grand Masters.

Australian sailors competing in the event include Nick Alexander, Rod Barnes and Ray Davies in the Master division, Brett Beyer, Steve Gunther and Robert Wilson in the Grand Master division, Jeff Loosemoore in the Grand Master and John Roberson in the Legends division.

Event website:



Jeanneau JY60
Jeanneau JY55
Race Yachts
West Systems