We survived our first regatta. It wasn’t easy since we had no clue what to do but it seemed to go OK and the kids just let it flow and that’s all that really matters. Starting with congratulations … the 44 kids that competed really deserve it all. In less than favorable conditions they all patiently waited for Mother Nature to wake up and turn on the wind machine. Finally, 4 hours later, enough wind started to blow out of the east and the races were on and we managed to get in 3 races on Saturday. Sunday was a bit better with steady 10-12 mph winds so we finished the other 3 races. Blanca from San Pedro Junior Sailing Club deserves an individual pat on the back for winning it all and the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club in total for finishing in the top 5 spots.
Honorable mention to our sailors Harrison, Alanis, Malik, Angel and Ricky because that’s our team! But it’s not just about winning, it’s about competing and all of the kids hung in there and finished every race regardless of their position. Each kid deserved the medal they received at the end of the competition!
Now for the thank yous … the Corozal Bay Sailing Club takes the top spot for hosting the event. Gerard & Company did a great job of making sure everything went smoothly. It would have been nice if they organized the wind as well. Next up is Rocky at Jamrock which was the host site. What can we say other than he rocks! Too may rocks? You should see the Corozal Bay shoreline. Since this was our first regatta we thank all of the other sailing clubs for their assistance and support. There is clearly a great little community thing happening here.
Special thanks to the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club for basically holding our hands every step of the way and even lending us 3 of their boats so we could register all 5 of our sailors. Last but not least is the Belize Sailing Association. They are clearly professionals at running these races and the regattas couldn’t happen without their effort and expertise.
Special thanks! Bob and Susan Greaves for coming up to watch the races and bring a truck. They rented a truck because they had a couple of things to do before they went to Corozal. Little did they know they would be the official support vehicle for our club and the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club. In total, there were 17 boats that needed to be moved and it was so much easier because they had the foresight – or made the mistake – of renting a truck. Thank you so much and next time you might think about flying.
Let’s wrap this up. For a first regatta we did pretty well and the kids loved the competition against the other clubs and within our own team. Thank yous for Commodore Jimmy and his wife Charlie were intentionally omitted from the previous paragraphs because they went above and beyond the call of duty. Jimmy was awesome with the kids from a sailing perspective and with the other responsibilities of managing kids. Charlie was instrumental with parenting/kid control things. In addition to sailing, kids also have to eat and sleep, etc. and Charlie was on top of all of that stuff. Thanks also to everyone else that contributed/volunteered to make everything happen.
We’re looking forward to Belize City regatta in early March and hosting our first regatta Easter weekend.
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