29 November 2012

BCAnoe Points System

Written by BCAnoe!

The idea of BCAnoe points system is to increase participation in canoe and kayak races and reward outstanding paddlers.

The BCAnoe points system is a competition to identify the following awards recipients in the following categories:

Male Paddler of the Year

Female Paddler of the Year

Junior Paddler of the Year

Rookie Paddler of the Year

Men’s Solo paddler of the Year

Women’s Solo Paddler of the Year

Most Improved Paddler

Special Recognition Award

All paddlers will earn points toward their respective category. Any paddler who has been disqualified are not eligible for points.

A Junior paddler is considered to reach the age of 18 in the current paddle calendar year.

To receive the solo paddler award, paddler must paddle all races alone (except for where other racing organizations rules consist of more than one paddler).  All members will receive points from those races and will count towards this award, ONLY if those races are endorsed by BCAnoe.

Points shall be awarded as follows:  8 points / 1st place, 7/2, 6/3, 5/4, 4/5, 3/6, 2/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10 in all categories as describe in the BCAnoe race rules. Only paddlers who complete the race will be awards points.

Any paddler participating in any BCAnoe river Clean-Up shall receive 8 points, the equivalent of a first place finish.

Any paddler participating on our Patriotic Paddle and finished in Belize City depending on their start location shall receive the following points.

Start in Flowers Bank - 10 points

Start in Burrell Boom - 5 points

Start in Ladyville - 3 points

Started but did not finish in Belize City - 2 points

Any senior or experienced paddler that assists in any training program authorized by BCAnoe shall received 10 points.

Any team that assist another team in the absence of a safely boat shall receive an additional 5 points for sacrificing their time and better placement in support of good sportsmanship.

Paddlers must display good sportsmanship at all times.

In case of a tie, winner will be decided on an individual time trial basis.

Only members of the BCAnoe are eligible to received points, only registered boats can be used.

Awardees will be announced at the general meeting.



28 November 2012

Discount Partners

Written by BCAnoe!

The Belize Canoe Association has partnered with several businesses to offer discounts to our members.  Members must present their membership card at participating establishments to get their discounts.  The list of businesses are listed below:

Wilmac's Pharmacy

Address: 121 Cemetery Road, Belize City.

Tel: 607-9904

Offering:  10% discount on all items.


Address: 1615 Moho Bay, Belize City

Tel: 223-1280

Offering: 10% discount on all orders.


Address: 24 West Street. San Ignacio Town, Cayo

Tel: 804-2510

Offering: 10% discount on all vitamins and nutrition supplements, All first-Aid items including sports medicinal products.  * Cash  Purchases Only *


Address: Cor. 146 East Collect Canal & Allenby Street, Belize City, Belize

Tel: 227-2023

Offering: 10% discount on T-Shirt printing, embroidery services, caps, paddle shirts and other printed advertising materials.


Address: Burrell Boom Village, Belize

Tel: 610-5700

Offering: 15% discount on Public Relations and Communications Services.


 Address: 1834 Blue Marlin Blvd, Belize City

Tel:  223-7979

Offering:  5% on Honey Stinger Gel, Honey Stinger Waffle, 5hr Energy, ZRE Paddles

        & 10% on, Camel Pak, River Shoes, Gloves, Jersey, ZRE Shades, Polar Bottle, Cytomax


offering:  5% on all services.

09 November 2012

About BCAnoe

Written by BCAnoe!

The Belize Canoe Association (BCAnoe) was formed January 1st, 2001 by Elvin Penner, Julian Sherrard, and Luis Garcia and was registered at The General Registry in Belize City, Belize on February 2nd, 2001.

BCAnoe aspires to be the recognized body for canoe racing in Belize.

Our goals are:

  • To promote canoeing as a sport, which can be enjoyed by families and people of all ages, as well as serious racing for the enjoyment of both canoeing teams and spectators alike.
  • To, once a year, send the best Belizean team to at least one international canoeing event.
  • BCAnoe is not-for-profit. All proceeds are reinvested in the sport, in the form of training and encouragement for members of the general public who would like to learn to canoe, and also in an environmental aspect, in the form of educating people on how to maintain a natural and un-polluted environment.

BCAnoe organizes and holds a series of canoe races each year.

A calendar of events will be made available by December 31st of each year.

Other canoe races, not organized by the BCAnoe, can be endorsed/approved by BCAnoe if they follow our Race Guidelines.

09 November 2012

Race History

Written by BCAnoe!

In the old days, the tiny British colony of British Honduras, had very few vehicles and even fewer roads. The old lorries used for goods transport, traveled on bushwacked tracks carved into the jungle. During the dry season, February to May, these trucks slowly and painstakingly traveled the country delivering much needed supplies. On a good day, they might travel 30 miles; the trip from Belize City to El Cayo (now called San Ignacio) would take 2 long days. I hate to image how far they traveled on a bad day! The rest of the year, while torrential downpours turned the jungle tracks to soup, this tiny colony depended on the river boats to bring food, medicine, and news from the outside world.

Some of you may have seen the movie "African Queen" starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. The old steam boat, African Queen, is very similar to the ones once used throughout Belize.

Beside these river boats, which would make the trip to San Ignacio in a week if the river was high and longer if it was very low, dorys (canoe dug from a single log) plied the rivers trading goods and stories! In fact, dories became so plentiful that races were organized. From one-man dory races to eight-man and more! They are old photos of long dories with 15 to 20 men racing against others similarly manned.

Rivalries between San Ignacio and Gales Point Manatee were the strongest as they were the most powerful paddlers. Vieing for the title each year, amazing feats were accomplished by muscle-bound athletes. Once in a while, another village might capture the title, but this was few and far between.

As vehicles became more plentiful and roads became better, fewer riverboats and dories were made. In 1975, when we came to Belize, a handful of dories still existed and the river boats were gone. Races had long since ceased. Rivers were no longer cleared of flood-debris and life in Belize changed.

But over the years, one even struggled to stay alive. On March 9th, a few races would be held. Nothing too serious. Nothing practiced for. No special attention given.

Then in 1997 that all changed... A young Belizean of Spanish heritage, Luis Garcia, who was interested in ecology and involved anti-litter campaigns in the Cayo District held a small canoe race called the "Down and Up". It would start on the Mopan River and participants would paddle down the river to "Branch Mouth" where it joined with the Macal River. At that point, the canoers would paddle upstream to San Ignacio. The first to arrive at the Hawksworth Bridge was declared the winner!

In 1998, Luis wanted to develop another race. One that would go from San Ignacio to Belmopan or perhaps even Belize City. While making plans for a race from San Ignacio to Belmopan, a local entrepreneur phoned Luis about launching a new product and using Luis's radio station to advertize this product. He mentioned that he would like to make an event of the occasion, possibly a horse race from San Ignacio to Orange Walk through the jungles of the Yalbac Mountain Range. Luis came up with the idea of combining the launch of this product with his canoe race. What an idea!

A few other friends were invited and after discussion, it was decided to make it a cross country canoe race: from San Ignacio to Belize City. A committee was formed and the race was put together in short order. Date: 4 days long ending on the March 9th Holiday!

Thus, the first ever "La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge".

09 November 2012

The Executives

Written by BCAnoe!


The members then decided on a new Executive to serve remaining term December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016 as follows:

PRESIDENT – Mr. Jerry Martinez (elected November 7, 2015)

VICE PRESIDENT – Mr. Grimaoldo Cobb (elected January 10, 2015)

TREASURER – Mrs. Rosalie Gentle (elected November 7, 2015)

SECRETARY – Ms.  Jane Usher (elected January 10, 2015)

RACE OFFICER – Ms. Jayda Guydis (elected November 7, 2015)




The previous Executive Body of the Belize Canoe Association is as follows:

President:  Ricardo Salazar

Vice President: Grimoaldo Cobb

Treasurer: Raymond Woods

Recording Officer: Jane Usher

Race Officer: Susan Wilken

Appointed: Pamela Scott

Appointed: Jerry Martinez


2012 - 2014

President:  Ricardo Salazar

Vice President: Jerry Martinez

Treasurer: Pamela Scott

Recording Officer: Marina Metzgen

Race Officer: Jeff Pfaender

Appointed: Rudolph Gentle

Appointed: Alma Marin

Previous members of the Belize Canoe Association (BCAnoe) interim Board consist of Jerry Wilken, Joe Fusy and John Watt Searle.

It was first governed by a tri-chairmanship comprised of its founders: Elvin Penner, Julian Sherrard, and Luis Garcia. The then board was selected by the three chairmen. Their plans were to lay the groundwork for the association with regards to races, canoe fests, and Belize's participation in the international arena of canoeing. As soon as all of these have been accomplished, we will call elections to nominate a democratically elected president an board of directors.

Here is a list of the previous board members:

Tri-Chair: Julian Sherrard, Elvin Penner, Luis Garcia Board

Members: Mike Green, Ruth Guttierez, Cesar Bedran, Daniel Guttierez

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News Flash

Canoe Registration

The Coast Guard will be assisting BCAnoe with canoe registration and life jackets / PFD inspection. This is to ensure that your life jackets and / or PFDs are serviceable. This will be done at the time of registration of your canoe. Only inspected life jackets and/or PFD that have been tagged will be able to be worn during our events.


Articles and Race Rules

At the Members Meeting held on November 24, 2012. Those present decided to accepted the Articles of Association and the 2013 Race Rules as was presented!.  Both are available on the site.