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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2024. 3:47 pm CST.

Photos credited to KREM Television

By Aaron Humes: It may no longer attract the crowds it used to, but tradition continued on the Northside of Belize City today with the 95th Annual Baron Bliss Harbor Regatta in Buttonwood Bay off Seashore Drive.

Seven races were held according to Committee Chairman and former cyclist Collet “Bunas” Maheia, including the Olympic category Lazer racing between boats from Placencia and Belize City.

Also on hand was the famous “Radio” (named because she was built the year radio was invented in 1897), conducting exhibition sailing led by owner Michael Smith.

According to Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Francis Fonseca, his Ministry recognizes the value of maintaining cultural values such as those taught by sailing and as part of building competency-based education into the national curriculum, there will be efforts made to get students out of the classrooms and into real-life settings like this one. (Ministry CEO Dian Maheia is married to Collet Maheia).

The Regatta was one of the many legacies left by Baron Bliss, who specifically provided in his will for 100 British pounds annually to be set aside for such an event in one or towns in Belize. Baron Bliss died 98 years ago Saturday and is buried in the Fort George area along modern-day Marine Parade under the lighthouse built in his honor. The day of his death was shortly thereafter declared a public and bank holiday in Belize until 2010 when it was enlargened to National Heroes and Benefactors Day.

 

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