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#407803 - 05/14/11 04:47 PM San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge
Marty Offline
And they are Off! The annual San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge got off to a great start this morning, Saturday, May 14, 2011. Thirty three teams (a lot of teenagers) are paddling their way to the northern tip of Ambergris Caye. They are set to cross the finish line tomorrow around midday at Central Park. Stay tuned to Ambergris Today for full coverage.

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#407941 - 05/16/11 11:16 PM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Seafront Inn takes the top prize at the Eco-Challenge

The 7th Eco-Challenge Kayak Race saw 33 teams total participating in this much anticipated annual event.
Early Saturday morning, the teams gathered at the lagoon side of the island, ready to start the 42-mile, 2-day race.
Teams paddled through the many lagoons of Northern Ambergris Caye, up to Bacalar Chico and down to Robles Point.


Teams camped overnight and the next morning, the race continued to the finish line at Central Park.

This year's Senior first place winners are from Seafront Inn ($3k plus 1 round trip ticket on Tropic Air).

Following in Second Place was Tortugas de Coco Beach ($2k plus 1 round trip ticket on Tropic Air), and third place, A Toda Madre ($1k plus 2 round trip tickets on Tropic Air).

In the Junior Division, the first place was taken by Gonzalez Finishers, followed by El Pescador with Second Place, and third place, Searious Boys. Congratulations to all the participants and winners!!

The purpose of the race is to promote awareness, protection and conservation of mangroves, lagoons, reefs and the diverse species found in these natural habitats.

Thanks to the organizers of this great event, and see you in 2012!!

Read more and see LOTS MORE PICTURES here in The San Pedro Sun...


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#407944 - 05/16/11 11:45 PM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: Marty]
klcman Offline
Sweet! Lots of tired muscles today...........

Can anyone knowledgeable tell me why there are no (or very damned few) sit -in as opppsed to sit-on-top ocean kayaks in SP?
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#407945 - 05/17/11 12:34 AM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
I was wondering also the 'real' style kayack are very fast, but i've never seen a two-man like that.
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#407946 - 05/17/11 12:50 AM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: elbert]
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You never saw a fast two-man "real"???
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#407947 - 05/17/11 01:00 AM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
a small human-powered boat that traditionally has a covered deck.
Likea Eskimo!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak
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#407953 - 05/17/11 01:56 AM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: elbert]
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#407957 - 05/17/11 03:16 AM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
yep for some reason these guys locally use the clunkers!
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#407958 - 05/17/11 04:20 AM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: klcman]
SimonB Offline
Longevity and the ability to stand up to abuse would be my guess.

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#407974 - 05/17/11 02:19 PM Re: San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Sea Front Inn Jaguars, Punta Gorda Wins Eco Challenge


The title of Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge 2011 winner went to two Port of Honduras rangers from the Toledo District who today share the $3,000 cash prize and the bragging rights of besting 32 other teams in the gruesome two-day kayak race.

Team Sea Front Inn Jaguars, sponsored by Larry Smith, dominated the race from day one and it was clear that they were in the race to win it. Carlos Ramirez and Godfrey Alford took the lead in day one of the race when the kayaks took off from the starting line lagoon side on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Once again, a large crowd gathered at the lagoon side to cheer for all the paddlers who took part in the grueling two-day challenge of kayaking around the northern part of the island and back to town the following day. This year the race was marked by very young competitors, no female teams and two single paddlers; the race consisted of senior and junior amateur competitors.

Team Sea Front Inn Jaguars was the first team to arrive at the midpoint station in Robles Point shortly after midday, awarding them the station prize of $400. All the teams camped out overnight at this pit stop to rejuvenate their energies as they kicked off early next morning heading towards the finish line at Central Park.

Hundreds of island residents were at the Central Park waiting for the paddlers to come in and cheered them on. Great music was provided by DJ Habo and there were lots to eat and drink, even some free Lion Fish provided by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The seventh annual kayak race also kick-started Reef Week which included another Lion Fish tournament.

With much exhaustion all the teams made it to the finish line; but there were some drop outs. Congratulations to all teams who participated.

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