While the America’s Cup teams fight it out on the cold waters of Japan this weekend, there are others who have warmer waters to compete in.
The Bermuda National Championship Optimist Regatta that was held from 10th to 13th November. Among the competitors was Kevin Velasquez, who is 15 years of age and comes from San Pedro. He has helped to come in the 25th position out of 75 who participated in the regatta. The regatta took place at the Royal Naval Dockyard. There were about 75 sailors who were from different parts of the world such as from US, Poland, Italy, The Caymans, Canada and Barbados. This team stayed in the third position and Kevin was happy with the kind of accomplishment he made in the Optimist race. Caroline from San Pedro, who was also part of the team is only 12 years of age and has to achieve at least 15 in order to be eligible to compete internationally.
Both the young sailors have trained at Belize Sailing Center, which is located on the Caribbean Villas beach of San Pedro. They also got to visit and meet the Softbank Team Japan that is competing in the America’s Cup World Series. It was also a thrill for them to check out the catamaran that the team owned, about 45 feet in height. The winners for the Bermuda regatta where the US team who took up a leading position in the first nine races. For those who are looking out to check out sailing events across the world this week will surely find highlights of this regatta in many forums.