San Pedro Sailing Club dominates at Barron Bliss Harbor Regatta 2012
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San Pedro Sailing Club dominates at Barron Bliss Harbor Regatta 2012: San Pedro Sailing Club Winners Circle

The Baron Bliss Harbor Regatta (BBHR) 2012 was held on Sunday March 11th and San Pedro Sailing Club dominated, bringing home the top three places. Held annually in respect of the traditional 9th of March Baron Bliss Day holiday, the BBHR commemorates Belize’s greatest benefactors.

San Pedro’s sailors commenced their journey leaving the island around 7AM for competition at 10AM. Some 35 participants, ages 8 to 14 competed in four heats of sailing at Belize City in the area of the BTL Park to the Baron Bliss Harbor, leading to the final heat. San Pedro sailors competed in four heats, winning the top three spots in each.

Members of the San Pedro Sailing Club competed against other participants from Sea Scouts based in Belize City, Liberty Home Foundation in Ladyville and a wider selection of other individual teams based in Belize City.

In the final heat, all competitors were from the San Pedro Sailing Club. In the end, third place went to 13 year old David Puc, second went to 13 year old Jorge Olivarez and 10 year old Kevin Velasquez took the coveted first place trophy. 2011's BBHR champion, Alexander Rhaburn took fourth place.

According to Andrew Milner, Commodore and Sailing Coach at the SPSC, “There were many tears at the award ceremonies as all the young sailors proudly accepted their awards. The seas were somewhat choppy and the conditions were not what the San Pedro team was used to, but notwithstanding, they performed exceptionally.”

All finalists were awarded medals. This is one of seven races throughout the course of the year, where participants compete to qualify for and leading up to the yearly Optimist Nationals, which organizers are hoping to bring to San Pedro this year.

The San Pedro Sailing Club takes this opportunity to thank SP Belize Express, Palapa Bar, Caribbean Villas and everyone that contributed in any way to the Sailing Club and the young sailors’ success. The San Pedro Sun congratulates all participants and winners for a job well done – and special hats off to the organizers who have made the San Pedro Sailing Club a fantastic water sports option for the children of San Pedro. Kudos!

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