I remember when Andrew Milner founder of the San Pedro Sailing club was sitting in our backyard years ago telling us about his dream to teach local island kids the art of sailing and how his plans were to find the Olympic quality sailors and get them to master a skill that will allow them to travel worldwide. His dream was not without its struggles but he stuck with it and has come to help the kids win lots of trophies, and learn good sportsmanship and life skills. His write up below shows just the kind of quality he and the sailing school are dedicated to providing their kids. Further below that, you will find details on their upcoming big beach party fundraiser happening this Sunday at Amber Beach Bar and Grill located at Caribbean Villas Hotel. It will be loads of fun and there are tons of great prizes to win on as you will see when you make it to the list.
Sailors often forget the endurance part of their training required to race for a solid hour-long stretches at a time. When young, lightweight sailors jump into performance adult boats (Lasers) for the first time this becomes very apparent. So as part of the Laser sailing lessons conducted jointly by the Belize Sailing School, the San Pedro Sailing Club and with the generosity of Rose Alcantara, donating her time, we put them through a Pilates programme 2 nights a week.
Pilates develops inner core strength which enables the sailors to “hike out” in their boats for long periods of time. This is our Laser simulator showing what hiking out looks like. The aim is to stay in this position for hours at a time.
Thanks to Rose Alcantara, the kids have already noticed such an improvement, not only with the endurance in remaining in such an uncomfortable position but they all walk around with their midriff’s exposed showing off their newly acquired 6 packs 🙂
Pedro’s Birthday Bash Fundraiser benefiting the San Pedro Sailing Club & San Pedro Animal Foundation
- Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at AMBER Beach Bar & Grill (at Caribbean Villas Hotel) starting at 11:30 am.
- Silent Auction items, Raffles, 50-50 draws, Chinese Auctions
- Live Music by The Mighty Cool J’s
- Beach BBQ, Pig Roast, Drink Specials
- Games and fun for children of all ages!
Come out and bankrupt Peter and support worthy causes
prizes include – 2-night stay at Cayo Espanto, 2 Night Stay at Chan Blue Hole Day Trips, Mainland Tours, Local Diving, Catamaran Sailing, Bar tabs all over town and much more…
With the sailing club, the funds are not specifically to send Kevin to Antigua for the Optinam 2015 sailing races – it’s to generally raise funds for the club. The big thing is that 88% of the sailing kids in the club are local Belizean kids, not expat kids (there is a perception that the Sailing Club is elitist for Gringo kids, it’s not!) I believe it will be 60% to Sailing Club and 40% to Animal Foundation but that might not be carved in stone as of now.
All money generated by the raffles, silent auction and Chinese auction will go to the causes, plus a % of sales from the bar (not sure the exact number at this point but a percentage will definitely go).
The Animal Foundation is set up to assist low-income residents who cannot afford whatever procedures their pets may need. In a case of need, the Animal HOSPITAL will discount their prices 30% off the top, then the Animal FOUNDATION will make the decision if the people qualify for assistance – in the case that they do the Foundation pays the bill completely.
It’s really for things like pets being run over, or other emergency situations.
Current list of items up for auction and raffle on Sunday at the fundraiser
Amigo’s del Mar – 2 Blue Hole Day Trips
Catamaran Tours Belize – Sailing Trip
Ramon’s Divers – 2 Blue Hole Day Trips
Chan Chich Resort – 2-night stay
Hidden Valley Inn – 2 nights with breakfast for 2 people
Victoria House – 2 nights with breakfast for 2 people
Caribbean Villas Hotel – 2 nights with breakfast for 2 people
Rain Restaurant – Meal for 4 people including wine
Sunbreeze Hotel – 2-night stay
Cayo Espanto – Lunch for 2
Kite Xplorer – Intro Kite Surfing lesson
Ambergris Divers – 2 X 2 tank local dives
Chuck & Robbie’s Dive Shop – 2 X 2 tank local dives
Premium Wines – Case of Wine
San Pedro Sun – $300 BZ advertising package
Castaway Caye – 2 pax Parasailing
Casa Picasso – $250 Gift Certificate
EcoCatamaran – 2 pax on Sunset Cruise
Seaduced by Belize – 2 Caye Caulker Day Sails
Taste of Thailand – Dinner for 2 including wine
Wild Mangos – $200 Gift Certificate
Belize Sailing Center – Free Sailing Lesson
Ecologic Divers – 2 Hol Chan or Mexico Rocks snorkels
Seaduced by Belize – 2X2 Hol Chan Snorkels
Castaway Caye – Banana Boat Rental for 3 pax
Fido’s Restaurant – 2 X Lunch for 2
ACES Crocodile Tour – CSI Tour for 2 people
Amber Beach Bar & Grill – $100 BZ bar tab
Hotel Supply Store – Bar towels
LC Distributors – 2 X $50 G/C
Lola’s Pub – 2 X $50 Bz Bar Tab
Big Sur Paddleboards – 4 X 1 hour Paddleboard rentals
Cocoloco Beach Bar – $50 BZ bar tab
Fido’s Restaurant – $50 BZ bar tab
Lone Star Bar & Grill – $50 BZ bar tab
Roadkill Bar – $50 BZ bar tab
Wayo’s Bar – $50 BZ bar tab
Lunch Box – 3 Lunches
Traveler’s Rum – Gift Basket
12 Belize Gift Store – Gift Basket
More coming in daily.