Douglas Penland of Belizean Shores placed fourth in last yearÂs kayak race along with partner Jimmy Polonio, but this year Penland with new partner Fernando Giacoman bounced back to win the 8th Annual Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge that took place over the weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
The race kicked off with 27 double male kayak teams, no female competitors this year around, on Saturday, May 12, 2012. It was a very tight race as two teams battled strongly of first place. At the end of first day of competition Team Â2 Horse Power YamahaÂ managed to beat Team ÂSouthwind BoysÂ by only nine seconds; coming in third was Team ÂCoast GuardÂ just eight minutes behind second place.
The race proved to be too much for quite a few teams as only 16 continued on Day Two, but the rest of the teams pretty much stayed in the same order as they placed on Day One. Team 2 Horse Power Yamaha of Belizean Shores managed to win the race by a margin of about one minute over Team Southwind Boys, increasing their lead by only a few seconds.
Interestingly enough the first place winners in the Junior Division (Blue Ridder Boys) managed to beat the Day Two time of the winners of the Senior Division by one minute, but their overall time was not enough to win the race.
Hundreds of island residents were at the Central Park waiting for the paddlers to come in and cheered them on. Great music was provided by DJ Habo and there were lots to eat and drink, The annual kayak race also kick-started Reef Week. Congratulations to all the paddlers, sponsors and organizers for another great Eco Challenge.
Source: Â Ambergris Â Today, May 15, 2012