While on land there was commemoration of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, on the waters surrounding the island there was a different sort of battle between crews of young sailors, at the annual Battle Regatta. Now in its third year, the event seeks to promote the continued development of sailing. We spoke to Roberto Pott, spokesman for the Belize Sailing Association.
Roberto Pott – Spokesman for the Belize Sailing Association;
We’ve been having Regattas for the last three years. We also introduced a new class of boat to Belize about three years ago, which was exclusively for use for ages eight to fifteen years old. It’s a single sail, single sailor rig boat. It’s called the Optimist. This is what we’ve been working on. We’re up to about 36 boats in Belize, and we have sailors coming around the country. We’re up to about eight Regattas annually, and St George’s Caye is where we host the Battle Regatta. It’s one off the top Regattas. It’s one of the best locations for a Regatta, because of the beautiful environment, and the festivities in September. So this is one of the races that you want to attend.
The Belize City and San Pedro clubs won top honors on the day. Roberto Pott tells us more about the Associations plans.
There’s only one age group and it’s both genders, male and female sailors. We have 30 sailors out today. The winner will be those with the top points. It’s a low point system. Whoever comes in the higher ranks ends up being the winner for the day for that class.
The Battle Regatta is part of the annual calendar of the Association.