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Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron
District 28
Sail and Power Boating

 Phoenix Burgee


South of the Border Rendezvous
25 - 27 Oct 2019
Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Mexico Fiesta is Coming soon!

Paul Schoonover, Event Chairman


Again this year, the annual South of the Border rendezvous will be long on relaxation and short on planned activities.
The distance from Phoenix to Rocky Point is around 200 miles, and takes about five hours to drive. The border crossing is at Lukeville, just south of Organ Pipe National Monument. The Mexican customs and immigration folks are quite accommodating to American tourists because the downturn in their tourism economy. Rocky Point is about 60 some miles south of the crossing point, and Mexico Rte 2 is a modern black-top highway with a speed limit of about 65 miles per hour.
Events will take place Friday night through Sunday morning. If you plan to be there, please let us know so we will have plenty of food. Pls notify us

Accommodations are plentiful and reasonable. The high rise condos are renting at much lower rates than in the past. Hotel rooms are also less costly. Remember: bring your passport.

The area is about 225 miles from the Phoenix area, with good roads in both the US and Mexico. The Mexican government, relying on the economics of US citizens visiting the area, have made special arrangements to ensure that Americans have pleasant experiences “South of the Border.”

The weather ranges from fabulous to unbelievably good.



Paul Schoonover copes—The unofficial host of the Mexico Fiesta found a relaxing way to handle all the publicity about the dangers of visiting our neighbor to the south. A good book, a refreshing ocean breeze, an accommodating tortoise shell cat, and the mood becomes perfect.


Rocky Point
Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Some things to know about Mexico; things to bring to the rendezvous

Proof of citizenship. A passport is now necessary for return to the United States from Mexico. There are other things which may be substituted. Check ahead of time.

Mexican liability insurance for your vehicle if you drive. Some policies are available before you leave, and some are available on the way. Most U.S. insurance is not honored in Mexico. Check your policy with your agent.

Other items such as water, your medications and identification.
BYOB. U.S. prices for most things are cheaper.

How to get there
Take I-10 west from Phoenix to exit 112 (Hwy 85) and follow the road south to Gila Bend. Drive through town to the west end, and turn right at McDonalds. The highway sign reads “Mexico.” Follow Hwy 85 to Ajo, Why and Lukeville. Cross the international border and stop for the border light—red or green. (Note: The international border opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at midnight, Arizona time.)
Then keep the PEMEX station on your left at the split in the road. Turn right on Mexico Hwy 8, where the sign reads “Pto Peñasco.” You are now in downtown Sonoyta and heading southwest to Rocky Point. The speed limit is 15 mph in town. The highway speed between Sonoyta and Rocky Point is 100 kilometers per hour, or 62 mph, but you’ll notice the observed speed is “be careful and arrive safe.”

(l-r) Mary Ormsby, Grace Schoonover, Pat Yount

(l-r) Sam Whitehead, Rochelle Taylor, Rose Werner
and Marilyn Prigge

(l-r) Paul Schoonover, Gene Erkert, Mary Orsmby,
Grace Schoonover. Lee and Sam Whitehead in the

Jose and Janet Pallavicini

Gene Erkert and Fred Drawert check the ice chest

Fred Drawert and Ron Werner

Jo Drawert waits her turn for ice

Les Ormsby works on the shrimp batter

John Yount inspects Les's work

Les has even more help from Panchita

There is always time for some shopping

A local beachcomber

Another beautiful sunset on the Sea of Cortez


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