The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club continues to showcase its passion for sailing and its expertise at winning after making its mark during Belize CityÂs BirdÂs Isle and National Championship Regatta. Â Sailing is a fantastic pastime for anyone retiring in Belize, but the kids donÂt want to miss out either, and are proving they are more than capable of winning medals.
On January 4th and 5th, the BirdÂs Isle Regatta took place. Â Officially, it was the last regatta of 2013 as it was postponed from December due to poor weather conditions. Â The two-day event attracted many sailors, all of whom were competing in the Optimist class. Â Only individuals whoÂd received top ranking in the yearÂs previous five regattas were qualified to join the Bird Isle event, and luckily for San Pedro, Jerdon Anderson was there to represent his town once again. Â In addition, the outcome of the Bird Isle regatta is vitally important to the selection process for who qualifies for the July 2014 Optimist North American Championships to be held in Mexico.
Members of San PedroÂs sailing club really excelled themselves during the regatta, and out of the seven sailors competing, six individuals came within the top ten out of 32 participants. Â There were five races overall, with those who scored the least number of points, working their way up to the top of the leader board. Â Jerdon Anderson won first place in the end, with the Sea ScoutsÂ Trent Hardwick snatching second place away from San PedroÂs Kevin Vasquez, who came in third instead.
The remaining four San Pedro sailors placing in the top ten were Davin Puc in 4th, Christian Trejo in 5th and Blanca Vasquez and Faith Noel who came in 6th and 9th places respectively. Â There was also additional recognition for the first finishers of the regatta, with Jerdon Anderson being rewarded as the first male to cross the finish line, whileBlanca Vasquez was championed for being the first female finisher.
Overall, the entire regatta was a huge success, despite it having been delayed from the previous month. Â The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club showed, once again, how skilled its members are in sailing, coming away with many prizes.Â For those looking to BelizeÂs youth for inspiration, San PedroÂs youngsters certainly provide encouragement.