San Diego Bay was the setting of the first-ever World Avocado Cup Regatta, hosted by the World Avocado Organization (WAO) in partnership with the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC). This one-of-a-kind sailing event was designed to highlight the global origins of this celebrated superfood – with 10 boats representing the world’s participating avocado-producing countries, which most also boast vibrant sailing communities. San Diego Bay offered a stunning backdrop for the teams, racing SDYC’s J/22s featuring custom sails and spinnakers bearing country flags and logos of the avocado producer organizations from Peru, California (representing the U.S.), South Africa, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. The winning crew took home the coveted sterling silver World Avocado Cup in a waterfront award ceremony. The World Avocado Cup Regatta featured two days of competitive sailing (with a total of nine races) on the San Diego Bay. The regatta weekend kicked off with an opening reception at the SDYC on July 12 featuring avocado-inspired food and beverages.
Final results:

  1. Peru, Nico Landauer
  2. Fruit of Life, Molly Pleskus
  3. South Africa, Susan Dijkman
  4. California, Jerelyn Biehl
  5. Spain, Jonathan ‘JP’ Barnes
  6. Tanzania, Rose O’Sullivan
  7. Portugal, Mark Ashburn
  8. Zimbabue, Tom Reilly
  9. Mozambique, Gigi Dean
  10. Columbia, Gabriel Aguilera
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