Caye Caulker Sailing Club’s Corozal Regatta Weekend Recap

IMG_0072On February 8th & 9th 2014, the Caye Caulker Sailing Club attended its first regatta of 2014.

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 competingIMG_0119small 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.

IMG_3422Special 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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Caye Caulker Native/Penn House Volunteer Helps People Move Toward Self Sufficiency


Leila Novelo (right) is the daughter of Cindy and Jim Novelo.  Leila is the sister of Luna Novelo who won the Bikini and won first place in the Novice Class A in the NPC Natural Colorado Open Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships last year.


“If you could wave a magic wand, what would your life be like now? If you have dreams on the back burner, what are they?” Leila Novelo asks each guest who sinks wearily into the chair by her desk at Penn House.

Usually, they are people who have had to put a lot of their dreams on the back burner, because every day is a fight for survival. They are battling things like unemployment or underemployment, struggling with how to feed and clothe their families, figuring out how to battle health problems in a constantly changing but always confusing health care system. Dreams may seem like things other people have time for, not them.

But Novelo, who is volunteering at Penn House while earning her master’s degree in social work at Wichita State University, knows there is a magic power in asking people to dream.

“If they find their dreams, they have this confidence which drives them to reach the goals they want to accomplish,” she explained. “We want them to determine what goals they want to achieve.”

Novelo is a part of the aptly named Dream Team at Penn House, a strengths-based case management program launched a year ago by Kyle Roggenkamp, director of human services for Ballard Community Services, which operates Penn House.

The Dream Team was born of the Ballard Center staff’s realization that to help the people they served become self sufficient, Penn House needed to do more than provide emergency food and clothing.

“Last year we decided that if we didn’t layer those services with case management, we were just going to burn through resources and not have as big an impact as we could on people’s lives,” Roggenkamp explained.

Novelo and the other Dream Team volunteers are not licensed clinical social workers or therapists. Instead, Roggenkamp said, they simply provide a support system for low-income individuals who use human services on a regular basis. Those who want to use this free, voluntary case management program work with the strengths coaches to identify their life goals and make a plan for achieving them.

In 2013, the Dream Team’s first year of operation, it served 36 households, a total of 94 individuals. “Four households graduated from the program, meaning they are no longer depending on our services or perceive that they are dependent on social service,” Roggenkamp shared.

Novelo, who grew up in Belize then moved to the Lawrence area when she was 10, volunteers at Penn House two days a week as part of her social work program. As she’s worked with clients, she’s seen commonly held stereotypes about low-income people shattered.

“There is a stigma of the low-income population always wanting,” she explained. “But you never hear the stories of the people who just take what they need. More than half of the people who come here don’t want to come here. This is their last resort. They have nowhere else to go. They just need a little push to keep them going.”

Novelo and the other strengths coaches have learned that the “push” needs to come from inside the people seeking the support of the Dream Team. They know that when their clients come up with the solutions to their own problems, they are much more successful at changing their circumstances and their lives.

“A lot of times, I want to give them the answers but I know that is not going to help them; it’s going to make them more dependent on social services, and that is not what we are here to do,” Novelo said.

Novelo has found her work with the Dream Team to be so fulfilling that she encourages others to also become strengths coaches at Penn House. “You don’t have to be a social work student to volunteer. It could be anyone. If you want to help and you like talking with people, it could be you,” she said.

For more information on volunteering for the Dream Team or for Penn House, contact Roggenkamp at

Lobster Season to close Feb 15

6th February 2014
The Belize Fisheries Department would like to take this opportunity to inform the general public that the
lobster season will close effective February 15th and it will remain closed until midnight of June 14th. As a
reminder, please note that failure to comply with the closed season will result in prosecution in court under
Regulation 3 (1) (b) of the Fisheries Regulations, Chapter 210 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize R.E.

The Department also takes this opportunity to remind fishers that lobster traps should be removed from the
fishing grounds during the closed season. The Enforcement Unit will be vigilant in ensuring compliance with
the removal of lobster traps that are found deployed after February 15.
The Department hereby makes a special appeal to fishers and the public, to uphold the Fisheries Regulations in
regards to lobster and other marine products, and urges all responsible citizens to call the Department at 224-
4552/203-2623 to report any infractions.

The public is assured that all information communicated to the
Fisheries Department will be treated with the strictest of confidence!

Little Stars Preschool Preparing for Tonight’s Valentine’s Fair

If you’re wondering why a portion of the back street is blocked off this afternoon, parents are setting up for the Little Stars Preschool Valentine’s Fair.  Our lovely preschoolers are having a fundraising event where they will enjoy games, face painting music, food -and lots more, this evening at 6pm (Sat, Feb 8) at Little Stars Preschool.  The proceeds from this event will go towards Stimulation Month activities in March.

Little Star school front with white and red banners for decorations

Parents decorating for Valentine’s Fair

Tables with red table cloth and white chares

Tables ready to be filled this evening

red flier for Little Stars Preschool

Flyer credits to Tracie Young

Stolen Boat

Sea Prowler was stolen last night from Tsunami dock in Caye Caulker. Any one knowing the whereabouts or seen this vessel kindly contact Neno Rosado as urgently as possible at 610-3151


Young Sailors Sailing From San Pedro to Caye Caulker

On Saturday, February 1st our Caye Caulker Kids Alanis Badillo, Malik Jones, Ricky Enriquez, Angel Pol and Harrison Cadle Jr. joined the kids of the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club in an endurance challenge sailing from San Pedro to Caye Caulker.  This challenge also served as a practice for the upcoming regatta that will be held in Corozal on February 8th and 9th 2014.  This will be our kids first official regatta.  On all sailing practices and regattas, rescue boats are required. The kids were accompanied by Commodore Jimmy Jones of the Caye Caulker Sailing Club, Bob Greaves, member of the Caye Caulker Sailing Club, Randy, Agustin-the Argentinian trainer  and Tammy Peterson of the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club, and Neil Bradley President of the Caye Caulker Sailing Club.

All the kids were looking forward to this trip and had fun!! We, the Caye Caulker Sailing Club were delighted to host the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club and president Tammy Peterson and also would like to thank them once again for all the assistance given to us in preparing our kids for their first regatta.

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Caye Caulker Hotel Makes Trip Advisor’s ‘Top 25 Hotels in Central America’

Jana Puga
Media &Public Relations Officer
Tourism Board
Contact: 227-2488 /227-2420

2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Belize City, Belize – January 29, 2014 – Following the announcement of four Belize properties that made the ‘Top 25 Hotels in Central America’ list, the popular travel site, Trip Advisor, announced other categories in its 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards. We are pleased to say that travelers’ positive reviews and ratings placed Belize in several of those categories. Overall, Belize claimed thirty seven placements in seven categories at the regional and world levels.

Top 25 B&B’s and Inns in Central America:

2. The Inn at Twin Palms in Belmopan
24. Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge in San Ignacio
25. Moonracer Farm Lodging & Tours in San Ignacio

Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Central America:
1. Colinda Cabanas in Caye Caulker

15. Amber Sunset Jungle Resort in Cayo
16. Black Rock Loge in San Ignacio

Top 25 Bargain Hotels in the World:
20. Colinda Cabanas in Caye Caulker

Top 25 Small Hotels In Central America:

1. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Hopkins
2. The Phoenix Resort in San Pedro
3. Pelican Reef Villas Resort in San Pedro
6. Coco Plum Island Resort in Placencia
7. Xanadu Island Resort in San Pedro
14. Chabil Mar in Placencia
16. Athens Gate in San Pedro
20. Turneffe Island Resort in Turneffe Island
22. Sleeping Giant Lodge in Belmopan
23. Ka’ana Boutique Resort and Spa in San Ignacio

If you would like to study in TAIWAN…

How to Get a Taiwanese Scholarship
posted (January 28, 2014) The Taiwanese Embassy is once again accepting applications for its scholarship program for Belizean students to go study in that country. Today, the Embassy hosted their annual scholarship briefing, and 7News attended. Here’s what the Taiwanese Ambassador told us about how you can get into the programme:

H.E. David Wu, Taiwan Ambassador to Belize
“Today is the briefing for the year 2014 scholarships awarded by Taiwan. There are 2 kinds of scholarships; one is called ICDF, that’s stands for International Cooperation and Development Fund and this program will be taught in English and it will be divided into post-graduate and under-graduate. Last year we had 21 students who were awarded this ICDF scholarship. The other one is called the Taiwan Scholarship. This scholarship is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan and this program is study is Mandarin Chinese. For those who speak English when they go to study in Taiwan for this scholarship, they need to learn one extra year of Mandarin in the language center.”

“It will be very tough, but if they can overcome the difficulties – they can really benefit by learning Mandarin because nowadays Mandarin is very important and very useful for the huge market of Asia where Mandarin is the number language spoken. I encourage Belizean students, if they are willing to accept the challenge and to go to Taiwan to study in Mandarin – very tough, but if they overcome the difficulty they can benefit more.”

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2014, and links will be posted on our 7News website for persons who want additional information.

Do you need a high school scholarship?


Annual Liquor Licensing Meeting

The Annual Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Meeting was held in Caye Caulker on January 22nd 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Community Center. There were 33 license granted including 5 businesses who were put on a three month probationary period due to complaints or health and fire hazards. The official meeting was opened at 1:30 pm by the Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board Francis Staine. The newly elected liquor licensing board or board appointed Clerk was not announced. Present at the meeting were Chairman of the Liquor Licensing board Francis Staine, Chairman of the Caye Caulker Village Council Wayne Miller and a late arrival from member of the board Allison Usher. Also Present were The Police Inspector, Fire Official, and the Health Inspector.

Mr. Staine began the meeting welcoming the villagers and went straight into issuing the approval of licenses to the business owners. Non issue establishments were given out prior to those who had complaints against them. It seemed to be a pleasant meeting until the issue of I & I Reggae Bar’s license when members of the public shared their discontent for the one hour extension said business would receive daily. Chairperson Wayne Miller announced that they’re were new laws amended which states that the holders of Publican Specials license can get an extension up to 3:00 am. This new information was a shock to members in the audience, who also requested a copy of the S.I. or amended law. Overall the meeting was pleasant and license holders were pleased with their approvals. There were a few business owners who were not present for the issuing of the license and will be given at a later date.

The new intoxicating liquor licensing board is as follows:
Chairman: Francis Staine
Deputy: Sergio Marin
Ex Officio: Wayne Miller
Member: Erico Novelo
Member: Allison Usher
Member: Ronnie Sosa