A rainy week gave way today to sunny skies and steady winds, between 9 and 12 knots. At the end of 5 races in the Optimist Class, consistent sailing by Jerdon Anderson of the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club (SPJSC) allowed him to sail away from 2013 Battle Regatta with 1st Place honors. Isaac Ritchie of the Placencia Sailing Club (PSC) followed close behind in the “Tipsy Tuna” boat, grabbing 2nd Place. Anthony Ricardez, Jr. of the Belize City Sailing Club (BCSC) in the “Howarth Belize” boat held on to 3rd Place, and not too long before overcast skies reappeared.
29 competitors and 5 clubs participated in the Optimist Class race of Battle Regatta 2013, including Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC) and Belize Sea Scouts (BSS.) The other top ten finishers, starting from 4th place, were: 4th Faith Noel (SPSC), 5th Blanca Velasquez (PSC), 6th Mitchell Sersland (BSS), 7th Kevin Velasquez (SPSC), 8th Christian Trejo (SPSC), 9th Carlos Villatoro (PSC) and 10th Trent Hardwick of BSS.
Sailing fans and spectators were treated to superb weather, and the sailors enjoyed the lightly chopped turquoise seas.
In the Bosun Class boats owned by the Belize Sea Scouts, the mixed crew led by Helmsman Joshua McKenzie took 1st Place. Joshua Pott of BSS, with jib-woman Julissa Trejo of SPSC, settled for 2nd.
The 4th Battle of Saint George’s Caye Regatta was hosted by the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) on St. George’s Caye under the patronage of His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, who was in attendance. Battle Regatta 2013 was held in conjunction with the launch of the September celebrations.
The next regatta will be held in Corozal Town on October 12th and 13th. For more information, contact the Belize Sailing Association at [email protected] Contacts: Allan Usher – 631-8470 or Roberto Pott – 602-4390; Email: [email protected] or [email protected]