3rd Annual Caye Caulker Kayak Island Challenge – Post Race Report
The Third Annual Caye Caulker Kayak Island Challenge got on the way at 11 am on Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016. The Kayak Island Challenge is an open kayak race around the island.
Seven brave kayakers which included one woman, participated in three categories – Men's Single, Women's Single, and Rudder.
Chris Guydis, paddling for Paddle Stop, the only entrant in the Rudder Category used a surfski sit on top racing kayak completed the race a distance of about twelve miles in about two hours. He was overall winner and opened a gap of about 21 minutes on the second place overall winner. Although no official time was taken, this was the best estimate looking at our watches. The surfski will most likely be the racing kayak of choice in the near future here in Belize. Chris picked up a $300 cash prize with a trophy and won all station prizes along the way.
The only other single entrant was in the Women’s Single Category. Allie Johnstone won that category picking up $500 cash prize and trophy. She was fifth overall. Great job Ms Johnstone!
The most contested category was the Men's Single. There were five participants. First place in this category and second overall was Steven Arnold, he won $800 and trophy. Second place and third overall was Jerry Rhaburn, he received $400 and trophy. Third place and fourth overall was Kenrick Daniels, he received $200 and a trophy. The other two participants that did not finish the challenge were Brandon Lind and Sean Arnold, great effort guys!
The race started and ended at Palapas Gardens.
The race was organized by Mr Robert Blease and the Caye Caulker Tour Guide Association, for more information about the event, please feel free to contact him at 666 0788. This report was prepared by Paddle Stop.
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3rd Annual Kayak Island Challenge held in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker held their Third Annual Kayak Island Challenge on Holy Saturday, March 26th. The competition saw seven brave kayakers take on the challenge, which took them around the entire island and covered a total of 12 miles. At the end of the arduous race, many of the competitors walked away with fabulous prizes.
Organized by Robert Blease and the Caye Caulker Tour Association, the race began at 11AM and included three categories: Men’s Single, Women’s Single and Rudder. The kayakers left from Palapa Gardens located near the Rainbow Restaurant area, up towards the northern part of the island, then made a left turn and kayaked south on the leeward side of the island. At the end of the southern- most point of Caye Caulker, the competitors turned left again, facing the Barrier Reef and returning to the finishing line at Palapa Gardens.
The competition lasted over two hours, and the first to reach the finish line with an exact time of two hours was Chris Guydis from Paddle Stop. He was the only participant in the Rudder Category who used a surf-ski on top of a racing kayak. He was the overall winner and opened a gap of about 21 minutes on the second place overall winner. Guydis picked up a $300 cash prize with a trophy and won all station prizes along the way.
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