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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Never before had I found a hotel, anywhere, that would rate an excellent in all categories. I am really too picky for that. But our stay at La Posada del Rio Sonora in Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico, was everything we hoped it would be … and so much more. Excellent on every count is a very fair rating for this wonderful place.
We had spent a quick night there about a year ago and decided to return this month for four days to celebrate our daughter’s 18th birthday. The staff and owners could not have been more helpful and accommodating. It was so relaxing, comfortable, and full of memories that we are already trying to decide when, not if, to return. Soon, I hope.
We all had a great time. Our daughter has so many wonderful memories of her Rio Sonora 18th birthday; we’re pleased we were able to send her off into her own adulthood with a grand celebration.
There were so many highlights of our trip it would be pointless to try to list them all, but a few will remain in our hearts for many years:
• The local staff was warm and nurturing. They treated us like they had invited us into their own homes and made sure we understood “mi casa es tu casa.” How gracious!
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• As a birthday surprise the staff produced a beautiful and delicious cake for our celebration, complete with candles.
• Side trips to the nearby hot springs and other rural Rio Sonora villages to mingle and wander were exciting adventures, providing a very warm and secure feeling about the jewels along the river valley.
• The colors of the hotel were complemented by the amazing flora within its inner courtyard and throughout the village; the rooms were comfortably furnished, immaculate, quiet, and each unique with its own tile, accents, trim, and décor.
• Sipping a cool brew or shooting back a “caballito” of the local Bacanora on the terrace overlooking the plaza was a meditative way to end each day.
• Last but not least, the feeling of trust and respect that permeated La Posada – for and from the employees, for the guests, and for the community. Such an atmosphere is far too hard to find anywhere these days.
We are actively recruiting friends and family to join us for another visit to La Posada del Rio Sonora.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family

Jim C., Glenwood, New Mexico
 
 
 
 

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