The Belize Sailing Association was blessed with clear skies holding 10 races to keep alive the tradition of the annual Baron Bliss Harbor Regatta in the Belize City Harbour last Sunday, March 6.
The association marked two courses with buoys and flags in the harbour’s flat waters. The Picos, dories, Hunters and Bosuns were assigned to the short course; while the Whitehall and sand lighters were on the longer traditional triangular course. As the easterly wind stayed light, the courses were shortened to one lap and the class flags flew on time every 30 minutes.
The Sea Scouts’ “Garnett” crewed by Myron Bradley and Joshua Merritt with Wilson Logan at the helm, took first place in the first race of the day for bosun sloops. The Sea Scouts’ Seagull, with Jeremy McFoy at the helm and Anderson Portillo and Raheem Jones as his crew took second place
Mark Rodriguez and Evana Perera in Pico 4 won first prize in the second race of the day for pico doubles.Andy and Zoey Aspinall in Pico 5 took second place.
In the third race for multi-hulls, such as Hobbie catamarans and Dart 16s, Richard Archer and Mark Rodriguez sailed the “Slick” to a first place finish, while Andy and Zoey Aspinall in “Submarine” took second place.
Wilson Logan at the helm of Pico 3, won the second heat for Pico class boats, while Alan Usher in Pico 2 took second place.
Maheia’s United, fresh from refit with its massive gaff rig, won the race for sailing lighters, while the grand lighter “Radio”, with its dark blue hull appeared as majestic as she has for a 125 years, and with Marlon Smith at the helm, took second place.
David Glenn at the helm of Pico 6, won the third heat for Pico class boats, while Christopher Lopez in Pico 3 took second place.
Michael Usher steered “Juli-Ann” to a first place finish in the seventh race of the day for Sea Gulls, Whitehall 17’s and sloops.
Mark Rodriguez at the helm of Pico 8, won the final race for Pico class boats, while Christopher Lopez in Pico 6 took second place.
Dean Lindo’s “Sandra” won the ninth race of the day for sailing dories; while Dean Lindo’s other dory, “Martin” placed second.
A freshening breeze filled the sails of many shapes and colours of all 21 boats to present a magnificent and truly gratifying spectacle in the grand finale of the day, an all-comers race in which boats from seven different owners participated.
Again Dean Lindo’s “Sandra” ran before the wind to take first prize, while Dean Lindo’s “Martin” skimmed the waves to place second. Raheem Jones at the helm of the Dart took third .
Wilson Logan at the helm of the “Gannet”, with George Malic and Joshua Merritt as his crew took fourth place; while Douglas Gabourel and David Glenn crewed their Hunter 14 to a fifth place finish.
The regatta was held under the patronage of His Excellency the Governor General Sir Colville Young and the Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta Committee chaired by Ed Flowers. Special prizes were also presented to the youngest female sailor: 10-year-old Zoey Aspinall, and to the First Female: 10-year-old Evana Perera.