History of Club Deportivo

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In the 1960s and 1970s, abundant game fish in the Sea of Cortez and the pristine beaches of Bahia de Kino — already known to Hermosillo residents — were powerful attractions for visitors from the north. Individual sportsmen and families came in ever-increasing numbers, staying for longer periods of time, and returning year after year. 

In the early days, aside from the Port Captain, there were no facilities in Kino to assist fishermen and no means of communication between boats or with families ashore except for citizen-band radios with limited, line-of-sight transmission. It was easy to get into trouble. Visitors and local residents acquired valuable experience and willingly provided rescue work, but an organization to provide more effective rescue services was needed.

In early October of 1977, 23 people met to discuss the growing needs of Kino Bay. They organized a club dedicated to helping sportsmen and fostering boating safety and elected the first officers. On October 26, they met again to discuss chartering the new Club under Mexican laws. Each contributed 500 pesos (US$22.50) to establish a working fund. They drew up by-laws, named a chairman of the rescue program (soon to become “Rescue One”), and met with lawyers in Hermosillo to get the Club chartered.

Rescue One is the number one activity of our club and is the reason the club was established. Rescue One is a 24/7, 365 days-per-year service that provides a safety net for boaters using the Sea of Cortez and crossing the Sonoran Desert. It is also the communications hub for emergencies in our community. This service is open to all, not just our members. It is the only service of its kind in Mexico. 

 

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First of all I’m a little bias in that the owners of La Posada are my friends, but I think I can be objective enough. First of all I like the location, right on the main plaza, across from the church, you’re right in the middle of everything. Then I love the convenience of the restaurant with the doors and windows that open to the outside, great place to sit and beyond the food, connect to the internet to take care of the necessaries. The food is simple, but predictably good, typical of foods from that region. The rooms are more than comfortable. I traveled many years down there before it was ever possible to find the comfort level that one experiences at the hotel. And for me, its a place that connects to the town, the feeling is one of Sonora, not something owned and transplanted by Americans. The owners have done a good job of keeping that intact.

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