Progreso Marinas and Water Sports
When one thinks of the Yucatán, one thinks of Mayan pyramids and colonial cities. However, there is a lot more to the Yucatán. While sailing and fishing are things the locals do regularly, sailing has not been organized to the point where it is offered easily to tourists. It is possible to hire boats for fishing.
The Yucalpetén harbor is about four miles west of Progreso and is shaped like a three leaf clover. In this harbor you will find the large local fishing fleet, fish packing companies (that export fish and octopus worldwide), the Navy base, two condo complexes, and eight recreational boat marinas. The private boats you see at these marinas include powerboats and sailboats that range in size from dinghies to 70-foot yachts. Marina Silcer has full services for members, including all marina services, sailing school, and beach club. They also have a Pro Shop which is open to the public where they sell Hobie Cat, kayaks, windsurf, accessories, etc. marinasilcer.com
If you look at a map, you will notice that Progreso is strategically located for boats coming from or going to Texas from the Caribbean, so it is common to see foreign boats in the harbor that come in to re-fuel, provision and/or re-group after the passage from or to the US. In the local marinas, there is a fleet of some 30 sailboats that range in size from 11 feet to 46 feet. On any given weekend, on the west side of the Progreso pier, you will see the white sails of several sailboats enjoying the breezes of the Gulf of Mexico. Progreso is known for its consistent winds in the 12-15 knot range. There is even a local yacht club that is not very active, but it does exist!
June 1st is Día de la Marina or Seaman’s Day, where festivities that include ceremonies, marathons, dances and taco parties go on for several days. Marina Laguna Mar also sponsors a yearly sailboat regatta the weekend closest to June 1st. In the summertime there are regattas just about every weekend where Hobie Cat 16’s, Sunfish and windsurfers race for the various cups that are offered.
For tide info: http://www.semar.gob.mx/hidrocart/grafnum/grafnum_progreso.htm