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Optimist Junior Sailors Preserve Belize Harbour Regatta Tradition

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 17:42
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11Belize City, March 5, 2017 The Optimist Under-15 junior sailors are keeping Belize’s annual Baron Bliss Regatta tradition alive, with 8 races held in the 89th Regatta organized by the Belize Harbour Regatta Committee under the patronage of the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young, over the Baron Bliss weekend. The 13 Optimist young sailors from sailing clubs of Corozal Bay, Placencia, Gales Point and the Belize Sea Scouts faced a brisk south east wind, blue skies and “popcorn clouds” and completed 4 races on Saturday, and 4 more on Sunday, on an inshore course in front of the BTL Park. Two Sea Scouts’ “Bosun” class sloops also completed the course and a “Dart 16” won the multihull unchallenged. The annual Sandlighters race did not happen as “United” withdrew when she suffered a rigging failure while moving up to the start line. “Radio” did a sail past the BTL Park, but both boat owners agreed to race their sandlighters to contest the traditional cash prize on Sunday, March 19. The Optimist sailors were rewarded for their efforts with additional prizes donated by Sir Hakimi Karim of Belize Dive Haven. These included Race Certified (IODA) sails for 1st and 2nd places, the top 10 sailors also each received Optimist paddles, and 25 Universal joints for the Optimist tiller extension were distributed to all participants, and the remainder were distributed to the participating clubs.   Winners Optimist: Gold - Trent Hardwich - Belize Sea Scouts Silver - Peter Joo - Placencia Sailing Club Bronze - Adyanerie Teck - Corozal Sailing Club Youngest sailor: Kevin Andrewin - 9yrs, Gales Point Sailing Club Bosun: “Seagull” 1st Place Joshua Pott of Belize Sea Scouts Multi-Hull - “Dart 16” Keith Hardwick
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