The 2012 Belize National Optimist Regatta wlll take place off Central Park on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. Twenty six optimist boats and 26 Junior sailors will all compete against one another in three races on Saturday and three more on Sunday. The national champion will be the skipper with the lowest combined score counting all 6 races.

Race One on Saturday will start at 12:00 am, Race Two, at 1:00 pm and Race Three, at 2:00 pm.

On Sunday, the first race will start at 9:00am, the second, at 10:00 am, and the last one, at 11:00 am. The Awards Ceremony will take place in Central Park at 1:00 pm.

The San Pedro Sailing Club is obligated to provide the following for this coming weekend's National Regatta:

2 safety boats, a start boat, and a finish boat. That's 4 boats and 4 skippers total. The start and finish boats just kind of sit there. The safety boats patrol to keep power boats away from the race course, which will be off Central Park.

It looks like the boats and skippers will be needed on Saturday from 11 am until 2:30-3 pm and on Sunday from 8:30 pm to 12:00 pm. You may know or employ people with access to boats and who could fill one or more of these slots. If so, let me know via Facebook, or email [email protected], or Commodore Andy's mobile - 632-4101. Thanks, Forrest

NEED STOP WATCHES: All 16 of our sailors will sail in all 6 races, but we have stop watches for only 10 of them. Stop watches allow sailors to time their arrivals the start line to the exact second that the gun sounds starting the races. Any people willing to lend us stop watches will be rewarded to the best of our ability, and Forrest Jones personally guarantees to replace anyone’s stop watch with an identical and brand new one in the unlikely event that the watch is not returned in perfect working order. Let Forrest know. See his contact information above.