Success in Belize Optinam2015 Qualifiers
Belize Sailing School’s International coach, Juan Mazzini, was over the moon with his Optimist sailing lessons prodigy, Kevin Valesquez. Kevin scored a perfect 6 bullets in Belize’s 2015 North American Optimist Sailing Championship (Optinam) selection regatta. Kevin stated that “it didn’t seem right to have to discard a first place”.
Five of Belize’s top Optimist sailors raced on Saturday at BTL Park in Belize City for the prize of representing Belize in Optinam2015. San Pedro Sailing Club’s own Kevin Velasquez took the 1st winning all 6 races. Trent Hardwick of Belize City came in with a strong 2nd. The two boys will be Belize’s first ever team to enter Optinam, a world level Optimist sailing event.
Jazmin Campos of Corozal, Nashira Ricardez of Belize City and Tyler Garbutt of Placencia who came in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Although these sailors will not participat in Optinam, they will make up the base of Belize’s international Optimist sailing team 2015. The event today was sponsored by the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA). Congratulations to all five sailors!
Sailors from left to right: Nashira, Kevin, Tyler, Trent, Jazmin.
Optinam2015 is being hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour. Home of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, RORC Caribbean 600 and Antigua Sailing Week. Last year the club celebrated its 45th year of operation as a sailing club.
The following countries, amongst others from Europe and the Far East will be represented, Bermuda, Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.
Optimist Sailing Lessons
The Belize Sailing Center provides optimist sailing lessons from beginner to world championship level. All sailing lessons are by qualified international coaches with a track record of attaining many a podium position for their students. If you are interested in learning more please contact us here.
We take this opportunity to wish Team Belize all the best for Optinam2015
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