San Diego Bay was the setting of the first-ever World Avocado Cup Regatta, hosted by the World Avocado Organization in partnership with the San Diego Yacht Club. This one-of-a-kind sailing event was designed to highlight the global origins of avocados, with ten boats representing participating avocado-producing countries.

Sailboats featured custom sails and spinnakers bearing country flags and logos of avocado producer organizations from Peru, California, South Africa, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Nico Landauer, skipper of the Avocados from Peru sailboat, took home the trophy with his crew, the “Peruvian Brothers,” Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone. Second place went to the “Fruit of Life” team representing the

the World Avocado Organization. In third place was the Avocados from South Africa sailing team.

The fun-filled weekend kicked off with an opening reception at the San Diego Yacht Club featuring avocado-inspired food and beverages. Following the tradition of the Lipton Cup, the World Avocado Cup Regatta featured two days of competitive sailing (with a total of nine races) on the San Diego Bay. The winning crew from Peru took home the coveted sterling silver World Avocado Cup in a waterfront award ceremony.

From the opening ceremony to the competitive racing to the closing award party at the San Diego Yacht Club, a grand time was had by all in this picture-perfect inaugural event.