The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club has a lot to celebrate this week after it was announced that one of the townÂs own youngsters claimed the top prize. Â Sailing is one of the most popular things to do on Ambergris Caye, and many tourists indulge in the beautiful waters of the region and take to the seas. Â But it seems that itÂs not only visitors to Belize who are enjoying the luxuries of sailing, with many youngsters taking up the hobby too.
On Saturday October 12th, it was time for the Corozal Bay Regatta; a sailing extravaganza thatÂs held every year. Â Several enthusiasts from San Pedro TownÂs very own sailing club made the journey to the event to participate as the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club (SPJSC) entry. Â It seems that the trip was well worth it for those who attended, with the SPJSCÂs very own Gorge Olivarez taking first place.
Each year, the Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC) hosts the regatta; an event that attracts sailing enthusiasts from around Belize. Â With official sponsorship from the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA), thereÂs a lot of prestige that comes with the event, so the chance to win is really quite an accolade. Â On the morning of Saturday 12th October, the races started promptly, culminating towards a finish on Sunday 13th October. Â In all, six sailing clubs took part in the regatta, including San PedroÂs very own SPJSC. Â Additional teams were those of the Sea Scouts, Liberty Sailing Club, Belize City Sailing Club, Placencia Sailing Club and finally, the Corozal Bay Sailing Club. Â Each club had the chance to enter a variety of races, including the Optimist race, Laser/Pico Single, Multihulls and Laser/Pico Double.
From the SPJSC, seven young and eager sailors participated. Â All of them found places within the top 15 out of a total of 34 sailors, showing just how good San PedroÂs sailing group really is. Â In the Optimist division, Gorge Olivares took away the first place trophy as he sailed to victory. Â Meanwhile, sailing club colleague, Kevin Vasquez, managed to get himself into second place for the same event. Â The remaining sailors from the SPJSC who got high overall positions were Jerdan Anderson in 8th, Christian Trejo in 9th, Blanca Vasquez in 10th, Davin Puc in 12th and Faith Noel taking 15th place.