Just a few weeks after San Pedro returned home with numerous medals from the Corozal Bay Regatta, the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club has triumphed once again. Â Heading out to the Laguna de Bacalar Sailing Regatta on October 25th, BelizeÂs own Jerdon Anderson took the top prize and proved, once again, the expert talent that BelizeÂs sailors have.
It was the first time that the international regatta has invited Belize to participate, and it seems that the nationÂs youth have more than showed they were ready. Â In total, 60 sailors from Quintana Roo, Yucatan and San Pedro Town traveled out to the regatta, which was hosted by Miguel Angel Pani Can, the President of the Mexican Sailing Federation.
The regatta was broken into three distinct divisions, including wind surfers, laser and optimist. Â BelizeÂs own Gorge Olivarez and Jerdon Anderson participated in the optimist event alongside 23 other young and eager sailors. Â Starting out on Saturday, October 26th with four races, Jerdon quickly found himself in the leading position having won the first three and finishing in third for the dayÂs final round. Â Meanwhile, Gorge started off in fourth for the first race, but worked his way up to second place for both rounds two and three, before finishing in first in the final race of the optimist division.
Jerdon and Gorge had six and nine points respectively as they entered the second day of competition, putting them well ahead of the pack. Â The final two sailing races of the optimist division took place on October 27th, with Jerdon finishing second in both. Â Meanwhile, Gorge found fourth place in the first race of the day, and came in third for the final. Â Overall, this meant that Jerdon scored the lowest in all races, gaining him the first place trophy. Â Meanwhile, Gorge did incredibly well too, utilizing hard work to find third place.
Tammy Peterson, race chairperson, revealed: ÂWe are very happy with the performance of the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club. Â We are grateful to have been invited and are more than thrilled with the accomplishments of Jerdon and Gorge. Â We look forward to return the hospitality that was shown to our sailors in Bacalar when we host the first ever Western Caribbean Regatta on Ambergris Caye in August 2014.Â Â For being first-timers at the regatta, Belize certainly proved that their sailors are as talented as any.