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Update on San Pedro’s Sailing Club

On Sunday, October 30, 2011, the winners of the day’s preliminary sailing races competed in a final and the results were as follows:

Place             Skipper                       Sponsor
 1st           Faith Peterson               Cairbbean Villas
2nd          Alexander Rhaburn        Ambergris Lakes Villas
3rd          Jorge Olivarez               Sanpedroweather.com
4th          Mitchell Sersland           Palapa Bar

Attached are a few photos.  The day’s story was that the prevailing wind was still coming from onshore, behind the island, same as last week, but it was greater in velocity.  There were some excellent duels, with skippers looking very smart while taking and losing and regaining positions.  Several skippers were thwarted by a couple of the very few types of equipment failures that can happen in an Optimist dinghy. Though very disappointed, they have gained experience in how to sometimes correct matters while remaining in a race. The skippers who did best on Sunday have clearly listened to and understood what they have been told about  the tactics for racing towards and rounding the upwind buoy.

other news:  3 new Optimist dinghies for San Pedro will arrive on Friday (November 4).

   San Pedro Resort owner Peter Verralls has sponsored two more Optimist dinghies. They join his other one, theCaribbean Villas boat.  Added to the Optimist named Palo Alto, sponsored by the James and Jayne Pearce, formerly of San Pedro, that brings the number of the fleet here in San Pedro to seven.  The three additions increase the free San Pedro Youth Sailing Program’s capacity to train by 75%.  On behalf of the children in the program and those waiting to join, the San Pedro Sailing Club reiterates it’s thanks to the Pearce family and sends heartfelt thanks to Peter Verralls for his profound generosity.
In another big hearted gesture of great benefit to the Sailing Program, Jim Zykan of Island Construction will ferry these three new Optimists over to the island from the mainland on Friday, on his company’s barge – free of charge. Many thanks go to Jim for donating much needed and prompt transportation.

Respectfully submitted, Forrest Jones. Press officer; San Pedro Sailing Club



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