And as we told you, the Belize Sailing Association held its annual Baron Bliss Regatta on Sunday. The conditions at sea for sailing were tough, but clubs around the country still sent representatives to participate.
The Secretary of the Association told us today about how the event went:
Alan Usher - Secretary, Belize Sailing Association
"Indeed this regatta was the 85th Baron Bliss Harbor Regatta. This year he had 22 optimist sail boats with from 3 clubs, basically the Belize City Club area, the Corozal Bay Sailing Club and the Placencia Sailing Club, who all came out with their boats and their sailors. Of the 22 boats, they dwindle down to about 7, and I used the word dwindle because the wind was very strong, even for the older people. Of the 22 only 11 decided to actually sail in the race and those 11 sailed 4 races. We're all very proud and we have some very dedicated children sailing from 5 clubs in the country, some as early as 8 - as young as 8 that are competent sailors."
Among the races held in the Optimist category, Antonio Richardez of the Buttonwood By Nazarene Primary School won the gold medal. Carlos Villatoro and Issac Ritchie, both of the Placencia Sailing Club, won the silver and bronze medals respectively.