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Belize Joins International Sailing Federation #408787
05/27/11 04:22 PM
05/27/11 04:22 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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The Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has approved for the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) to become a full Member National Authority of the world governing body for sailing. Belize has been allocated, by geographic location, to the Group O, which includes 24 countries of North and South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Belize now has full access to all benefits of membership including the ability to participate in global sailing events and utilize all ISAF services.

In 1996, the International Yacht Racing Union changed its name to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The ISAF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the governing body for sailing worldwide and is responsible to promote the sport of sailing internationally. ISAF website is:

Prior to 1870, individual yacht clubs developed their own sets of rules, creating confusion over different measurement standards. Consequently, sail boats from different countries could not compete on equal terms. In 1881, the Yacht Racing Association developed a set of rules for British waters. In 1906, the International Yacht Racing Union (IRYU) was formed by most European countries. By 1929, the North American Yacht Racing Union equally worded its rules, and reached agreement that neither would change its rules without first informing the other. In 1960, a totally universal code of racing rules was agreed and implemented.

The Belize Sailing Association was formed on February 17, 2010, with aspirations to develop sailing as a sport in Belize and partaking in international events in due course. Two core projects to provide “meaningful activity” for youth and adults have been initiated as follows: Project Optimist for 9 to 14-year-old boys and girls and; Grand Fleet Sailing for young adults and older, to sail the traditional crafts unique to Belize such as the sand lighters, sailing dories and sloops.

The Optimist Project will be ready for launching in June in time for a Summer Camp program on Buttonwood Bay. The Optimist is an internationally recognized class of sailboat designed for children and young adults. See

In related news: On Saturday, May 21, BzSA Secretary and Public Relations member Alan Usher and Chairman (pro temp) Belize Optimist Committee Shelley Bradley hosted a representative from the Guatemalan Sailing Association (ASOVELA), Sailing Coach Ricardo Robbiano, touring the venue of the Battle of St. George’s Caye Regatta for possible participation. Also visited was Buttonwood Bay and Caye Caulker as possible future sailing venues. ASOVELA was founded in the mid1970’s and has sailed in regional and international events. Coach Ricardo made a courtesy visit to BzSA Chairman C. B. Hyde.

BzSA email contact is: [email protected]

Re: Belize Joins International Sailing Federation [Re: Marty] #408826
05/28/11 09:46 AM
05/28/11 09:46 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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In December of last year 7News was invited to the Belize Sailing Association's "Christmas Sailing Days" which was staged at the Button Wood Bay seashore. It was an attempt at reviving interest in the sport of sailing, especially amongst the youth of Belize. With the advent of power boats, the old sport of sailing once popular in Belize seemed to have faded into oblivion. But a newly formed sailing association established in February of last year has been hard at work trying to reinvigorate interest in the sport. A training program for those interested got underway late last year, and the interest and enthusiasm was evident amongst the young teenagers we interviewed. When we covered the story last year, the association spoke about their plans to purchase a number of light sailboats called Optimist. Today, the association announced it had received 26 of those Race certified Optimist dinghies. And the good news is that the fleet of dinghies were all donated. The Government of Belize waivered both the import duty and GST in consideration that the association is launching a Sailing training program for the youths of Belize. The Optimist dinghy is an international class of sailboat designed specifically for 9 to 14 year old boys and girls. The Optimist Project will also produce new sailors for the traditional sailing classes such as Lighters, Sailing dories and sloops in a subsequent program known as "Grand Fleet Sailing," and launch other classes of adult sailing, thereby providing "meaningful activity" for both youth and adults. Earlier this month, Belize was admitted to the International Sailing Federation as a Full Member of the world governing body for sailing with all benefits including entry into all international sailing events.

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