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#429905 - 02/08/12 02:43 PM Haulover Bridge to Boom Race 2012 Results
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Saturday, February 4, turned out to be a beautiful day for paddling, proving weather forecasting is very unpredictable, for the second of its kind Haulover Bridge to Burrell Boom upstream race. The first was held in 2010 where Chris Guydis and the Sanchez brothers were the first victors and set a record of 1:59:55. At just before 9:30 a.m., eighteen canoes set out to try to beat this record, but the river conditions proved somewhat challenging, with a strong current going against them.

A little after 2hrs 15mins, the first canoes were in sight. You could hear the crowd cheering on the three teams coming in neck to neck to neck in what appeared to be shaping up for a very close finish. The current on the last turn of the river before the finish line was a bit tricky, and that’s where experience and skill came into play for Ziprider, paddled by Jerry Rhaburn, Felix Cruz and Efrain Cruz coming it at 2:16:37 to take the win and first male. They out-sprinted the Belize Bank Bulldogs, paddled by Erwin, Amado and Daniel Cruz, who had to settle for second place, coming just three seconds after at 2:16:40. The NICH canoe, paddled by Oscar Corden, Jimmy Valdez and Armin Lopez, followed closely behind by five seconds to take third position at 2:16:45. Taking fourth male was Westrac, whose canoe had in the youngest paddler at thirteen, Carlos Linarez, assisted by Jerry Cante and Hener Cruz; their time 2:24:31.

The fifth overall and first mixed team at a time of 2:27:14 was Oceana, paddled by Chris Guydis, his daughter Jayda and Jamel Seguro, which finished 19 seconds before the Coast Guard’s Redemption, paddled by G. Alford, K. Borland and A. Garbutt, who had to take 6th overall and 5th male at 2:27:33. A few minutes after were the high schoolers, Alfred Lopez, Bayron Cruz and Armando Lopez in the Natius Canoe, taking first Intramural/Juniors and seventh overall, clocking in at 2:31:58. They were followed by Missile, the second Mixed team, comprised of Samuel Nicholas, Shermain Faber and Nalbert Seguro at a time of 2:35:39; they took eight position overall. Taking the ninth spot was Watt A Ting, sponsored by Sea Sports Belize, paddled by Euken Arnold, Paul Hyde and John Searle, clocking 2:37:07. Johnny, after being pressured to keep up the pace by Euken, expressed overwhelming joy for coming in the top ten for a second time.

Filling the tenth position was the 1st pleasure canoe, Print Belize, paddled by Jesus Hozes, Rudolph Gentle and Jabier Guardado at time 2:37:46. It was a fight for the finish with D & D Wata Top, sponsored by D & D Company Ltd., and Sacred Heart, second Intramural/Juniors, paddled by Garret Bermudez, Adrian and Darren Williams. Whilst sprinting for the finish, they had a spill just before the finish line, and they received 11th overall at 2:38:14. Team Police Male, paddlers: Trevor Lennon, Roy Cano and Nery Waight, took second Pleasure and 12th overall with time 2:40:32.

At this time, the Sacred Heart Boys were in distress because of the strong current; they were drifting down river. Team Police Male, seeing this, decided to lend a helping hand, paddled back down river to assist. Chris Guydis was preparing to launch his canoe to also render aid; however, at the same time, the NICH canoe with Armin sailed down off to the rescue. D&D Wata Top were rescued and brought to the river bank. Special thanks to the Team Police Male and NICH for the showing of good sportsmanship.

At the same time of the rescue mission, Francis Codd, Rupert Smith and Jerry Wilken, paddling the Grumpy Old Men canoe, and Team Police Female, with Audrey Moody, Jane Usher and Ruth Cruz on board, were coming around the curve heading directly into the area where the rescue was happening. Somehow, both teams managed to maneuver their canoes in the strong current that was against them to avoid any further mishaps. Grumpy Old Men finished at 13th position overall and 7th male at 2:46:17, just edging Team Police Female, which took 14th overall placement and first female at 2:46:40. They were followed by the second place female team, You Know Us, sponsored by Jeff Pfpender. That team comprised of Maricella Guardado, Delilah Cruz and Francisca Pfpender, reaching the finish line at 2:55:56, taking the 15th position over all.

The last three canoes were pretty much spaced out; taking the 16th overall and 8th male position was Sit Down & Bounce with Simon August, Leon Guild and Steven Castillo finishing at 3:17:06. The 17th position goes to the Cutter, third female, sponsored by the Belize Coast Guard; in that canoe we had K. Martinez, S. Sambula and T. Welch, their time 3:25:18. Bringing in the end was the canoe Tripple S, mixed team, with the youngest female competitor at 15 yrs, Claire Gentle; assisting her were her father, Mr. Gentle, and Michael Sanchez, who also sponsored the team.

They were clocked in at 4:05:56. The race was no easy task, as some paddlers commented about the difficulty of it, and showed their blistered hands. Special thanks to Andy Vernon and Jerry Rhaburn (of Ziprider) for organizing the race and footing the majority of the expense. Thanks to Michael Waight for time keeping, Robert Escobar on the air horn, Ms. Kerr for the food preparation, the crew that did the food distribution, Joe Fusy on the megaphone, Rhonisha Waight for the pictures, the media for coming out, and most of all the teams and their fans.

A total of $900 was received from the registration; this was shared equally across the five categories. First place finishers all received $140 and a trophy; second place finishers also received a trophy and $40. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do more as the race didn’t have any sponsorship.

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#431436 - 02/26/12 02:43 PM Re: Haulover Bridge to Boom Race 2012 Results [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy

Ziprider wins Boom-to-Belize City canoe race


Sean Martin receives the Sponsors' trophy.

Defending Ruta Maya champions, the Ziprider team of Jerry Rhaburn, Efrain and Felix Cruz, paddled across the finish line by the Riverside Tavern in Belize City in two hours 36 minutes and two seconds to win the Burrell Boom to Belize City canoe race organized by the Belize Canoe Association and sponsored by Guinness Stout on Saturday, February 18. The Ziprider team took home a $300 first prize and a trophy. Their perennial rivals, the Belize Bank team of Daniel, Erwin and Amado Cruz were five seconds behind to win the $100 second prize and a trophy.

The National Institute of Culture and History team of Ruta Maya veteran champ Armin Lopez, Jimmy Valdez and Oscar Cordon paddled into third place in clocked two hours 36 minutes and 11 seconds, while Eric Cano, Roberto and Clayton Cobb paddled the BTL Cobb’s Arm canoe into fourth place in two hours 38 minutes and 27 seconds.

The Belize Coast Guard’s Jack Alford, Godfrey Alford and Arthur Garbutt paddled their “Redemption” canoe into fifth place in two hours 39 minutes and two seconds, while Leroy Romero and the Sanchez twins, Jermaine and Jerry, paddled their “3 de Haad Way” canoe into sixth place in two hours 44 minutes and 36 seconds 2:44:36.

Andreas Cabb, Francisca Cruz Phaender, and Keron Cabb paddled their “All In” canoe to a seventh place finish in two hours 45 minutes and 31 seconds to win the $100 first prize and trophy in the Mixed division.

Euken Arnold, Jayda Guydis, 16, and her father, former Ruta Maya champion Chris Guydis, paddled the Oceana canoe into eighth place in two hours 47 minutes and 27 seconds to win second prize in the Mixed Division, while Sheraine Faber and Nolbert and Jamel Seguro paddled the “Missile” canoe to finish ninth in two hours 53 minutes and 33 seconds to win third prize in the Mixed division.

The Westrac team of Jerry Cante, Elmer Cruz and Adrian Waight paddled their canoe into 10th place just two seconds later, while perennial pleasure paddlers Rudolph Gentle, Jesus Flowers and Javier Guardado powered the Print Belize canoe into 11th place overall in two hours 53 minutes and 54 seconds to win the $100 first prize and trophy in the Pleasure division.


Discovery Expeditions' Ziprider won 1st overall and 1st male team.

The BDF team of Daniel Harris, Miguel Guerra and Jesus Cruz paddled their canoe into 12th place overall to win second prize in the Pleasure division in two hours 55 minutes and 36 seconds, while the St Ignatius High School team of Alfred Lopez, Bayron Cruz and Armando Lopez paddled their canoe into 13th place in two hours 55 minutes and 47 seconds to win the $100 1st prize in the Intramural Division

The Police “Peacemakers” Audrey Moody, Jane Usher and Ruth Cruz paddled into 14th place overall in two hours 57 minutes and three seconds to win the Female Division, while the BNE team Henry Martinez, Roberto Tut and Avaldo Lopez paddled their canoe into 15th place in two hours 58 minutes and five seconds.

The Sea Sports’ team of Mike Searle, Paul Hyde and Johnny “Watt” Searle won the Masters’ Division, paddling their canoe “Watt a Ting”, into 16th place in two hours 58 minutes and 25 seconds, while the D&D team of Garrett Bermudez, Andrew Condie and Adrian Williams paddled their canoe into 17th place in two hours 58 minutes and 46 seconds.

The Police “Crimefighters” Roy Cano, Efrain Quewell and Neri Waight paddled their canoe into 18th place in three hours and one second to win 3rd prize in the Pleasure Division, while the Belize Coast Guard women Keyren Tzib, Kaina Martinez, and Tiffarah Welch paddled their “Cutter” canoe into 19th place to win 2nd prize in the Female Division, in three hours and five minutes.

Edil Santos, Plutarco Chuc and Eliseo Bustamante of the Belmopan Medical/ Baptist high school team completed the top 20 as they paddled their canoe to win the 2nd prize in the intramural division in three hours 10 minutes and 26 seconds.

Simon August, Dyron Hyde and Steven Castillo paddled their “Sit Down & bounce” canoe to finish 21st overall in three hours 19 minutes and 23 seconds, while Joe Fuzy, and Susan and Jerry Wilkens paddled the “Grumpy Ol’ Men and a Lady” canoe to win 2nd prize in the Masters’ Division in three hours 34 minutes and 55 seconds.

The Usher sisters, Miriam and Bobby Dee, and Joanne Lopez paddled into 23rd place to win the 3rd prize in the Female Division in three hours 53 minutes and 48 seconds.

The Reporter


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