By Franklin Wilson in Bartica
While the crowd was not as large as expected on a sunny and windy Easter Monday at the Golden Beach Circuit, Bartica, the 36th Annual Bartica Easter Regatta ended yesterday with many expressing happiness despite not attracting a mammoth crowd.
Smiling broadly for sure were the respective category winners whose efforts over the two days of racing earned them that accolade.
Dominating proceedings yet again were the Belle family as they took away three of the four categories. Ruling the roost in the big boy’s category – 225 to Unlimited – was Randy Belle piloting Wave Runner who notched up two first’s and two second places in four of the five events in his category.
He was leading comfortably in the final race but encountered technical problems and had to exit the race.
Sean Belle (Quicksilver) displayed excellent tact and form in taking the 115-200HP division; Orin Belle (Iron Charlie) ruled the 75-90HP category with Dave Younge (3:16) winning the 25-40HP class. Declared joint winners of the Jet Ski races were Hamley Martindale and Mark Fagundes.
Due to rough waters on the final day, no Canoe races were possible since calm waters were required for such races.
Dave Young continued where he left off on day one with some blistering performances as he chalked up three wins and one second on the final day. The courageous Young stepped up from 25-40HP category to claim one first and a 2nd place in the 75-90HP class.
Following are the full results on the final day:
75 – 90HP: Clint Gonsalves (Miracle), Orin Belle (Iron Charlie), Clarence Belle (no Limits)
225 to Unlimited: Neil Gonsalves (Czyzie Boy), Randy Belle (Wave Runner), Clarence Belle (Quicksilver)
75 – 90HP: Orin Belle (Iron Charlie), Dave Younge (3:16), Clarence Belle (Quicksilver)
25 – 40HP: Dave Younge (3:16), Clint Gonsalves (Nitrousic), Ganesh Singh (Angacam)
115 – 200HP: Orin Belle (iron Charlie), Clarence Belle (No Limits)
225 to Unlimited: Randy Belle (Wave Runner), Clarence Belle (Quicksilver)
25 – 40HP: Dave Younge (3:16), Ganesh Singh (Angacam), Clint Gonsalves (Nitrousic)
75 – 90HP: Dave Younge (3:16), Orin Belle (Iron Charlie), Clint Gonsalves (Nitrousic)
225 to Unlimited: Sean Belle (Quicksilver), Dave Young (3:16), Orin Belle (Iron Charlie)
Jet Ski: Hamley Martindale, Mark Fagundes, Sean Roberts
Gratitude was again extended by the Regional Chairman Holbert Knights to all the sponsors for their continued commitment towards the activity with the faithful fans who travelled from all across Guyana as well as those who came from the Diaspora also being complimented by Knights for their support. He also singled out his Committee for a splendid job and hard work which ensured another successful year.
The Team included Knights, Angelica Fredericks, Andrea Fredericks, Cianna Persaud, Patrice Wilson, Candaci Jacobis, Rickford Inniss, Alain Marslowe, Sonje Marslowe-De Barros, Calmet Younge and Alden Marslowe.
Sponsors: Government of Guyana, Carib, GT&T, Courts, Banks DIH – Guinness & Banks Beer, Guyoil – Castrol GTX, Guylog, MACORP, Da Silva House of Optics, Ming’s Products & Services, Hopkinson Mining, Unicom, New Modern Hotel, Platinum Service Station, Rats Mining, Hand in Hand Insurance, GTM Insurance, Ed Dorado Trading, Mike’s Pharmacy, SSP International, IPA Health Care, Scotia Bank and Smart Choice Variety Store.
Fuel for the races was provided by Guyoil, Callender’s Shell Service Station – Camp Street, Texaco Bartica Service Station, Sol Guyana Ltd.
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