SUCCESS STORY IN BELIZE
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize
The South American country of Belize which acquired its first Optimists and joined ISAF earlier this year, has just completed its first Optimist National Championships.
Photo © Peter Jones
38 sailors, aged between 8 and 14, were selected from the five groups in San Pedro, Belize City and Corozal. The 19 best sailors from two qualifying pools took part in a 5-race final in increasing winds and choppy weather but there were plenty of rescue boats to help the less experienced. Ashore there was a great party and prizes for all participants.
The winner was 11-year old Alexander Rhaburn from the San Pedro fleet with three first places, followed by David Puc from the same club and Joshua Mckenzie of the Sea Scouts.
Alexander Rhaburn, Belize National Champion
An IODA-sponsored instructors course is planned for the new year but obviously the young sailors just couldn’t wait.
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