The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club (SPJSC) continues to show that its members really are top of the class when it comes to competition. Â Having won many awards at previous regattas last year, the club has left the Corozal Bay Regatta having proved itself once again. Â In fact, the club dominated the competition and took the top five spots in the rankings.
Held on February 8th and 9th, the Corozal Bay Regatta was a great chance for the young sailors of San Pedro Town to compete alongside other passionate participants. Â This time, the SPJSC not only managed to take first place, but also picked up five top places. Â The team dominated the entire regatta from start to finish, suggesting that its sailors are to be a winning force throughout the year, as eight more regattas will take place in the coming months. Â Of these nine competitions, six of the competitions are vital for national ranking, determining just who is allowed to compete in November 8th and 9thÂs National Champions Regatta (BIZ14).
Traveling to Corozal Bay, a group of 12 sailors left Ambergris Caye to join a total of 44 participants from across Belize. Â A number of different clubs were involved, including Sea Scouts, Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), Belize City Sailing Club (BCSC) and Placencia Sailing Club (PSC). Â In addition, San Pedro Town had four independent candidates as well as the SPJSC.
Challenged with scoring as few points as possible, Blanca Velasquez eventually won the Corozal Bay Regatta with just nine points. Â Her younger brother Kevin scored 11 points and came in second place. Â Meanwhile, SPJSC team members also took third, fourth and fifth place with Faith Noel on 17 points, Jerdon Anderson on 19 points and Davin Puc with 23 points, ranking respectively.
The team from San Pedro Town is trained by Agustin Terra Brandes who, with guidance from Vice Commodore Jeff Bella and Commodore Graham Verralls, has trained the 12 optimistic sailors to be the best they can. Â The team of dedicated sailors meets regularly to hone their skills and bring out the competitive spirit in one another. Â It seems as if the training is working, with top 2014 rankings under many of the sailorsÂ belts at the beginning of the season.Â As the regattas continue, it is hoped that further wins will showcase the passion and skills behind the SPJSC.