Forrest Jones and Alice
The San Pedro Sailing Club is a not-for-profit club that is run solely by volunteers. These volunteers organize and facilitate racing and social events for anyone who wishes to participate. Andrew Milner and Kate Corrigan moved to the island a couple of months ago and were surprised to discover that in a place that had perhaps the best sailing waters in the world, there was no sailing club.
Winners of the first race, James and Jex Pearce.
With a Facebook page set up to drum up interest, the Club was born. The Clubhouse was donated by Graham and Ruth Verralls of Caribbean Villas, in the form of Catamaran Bar. The first race was held last Sunday (July 11) and it was a great success. At 10:00am, eight sailors on board 4 Hobie Cats (2 donated by Paul of Sailsports Belize) set off from Catamaran Bar’s pier, heading north to Palapa Bar, and back. “The wind speed and direction, 15 knots from the north east, made for a challenging beat (tacking upwind) to the Palapa Bar. The strong breeze ensured a short race and the competitors were back to the finish line just after an hour from starting,” said Andrew. It is his and the club’s hope that everyone will become involved in the club, and turn up to enjoy this fun event. Sailors and spectators are all welcome to join in the fun.
Bradley and Susan (second place)
Graham and David Verralls (fourth place)
Weather permitting the San Pedro Sailing club will be holding a race every Sunday, with a briefing and sign in at 9am for a race start at 10 am. This Sunday’s upcoming race starts at the same place on the beach at Catamaran Bar, heading to Palapa Bar, where lunch will be had, and then a sail back to the starting point. Be on the lookout for more updates and plans, and become a fan of the club on Facebook, under San Pedro Sailing Club. Call 632-4101 (Andrew) for any more information.