Letter to the Editor: Karen Tote

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Dear Editor,
I wanted to commend The San Pedro Sailing Club for an exceptional regatta August 16 and 17. I can honestly say that this was the best regatta experience I have ever had and I have been to A LOT of regattas! Bryce has more than 85 sailing trophies!!! Bryce said he rated it #2 (keep in mind he has sailed all over the world! I don’t think any regatta will ever beat the world record holding event in Lake Garda, Italy – after all we skied one day and sailed the next). Anyway, I can’t think of any other way to write what I liked the best other than the bullet points below:
My favorite part was of course meeting all the wonderful people (for Bryce too!)
The way the races were held so close to shore so my mom and I could watch the whole thing!
How quickly the races were able to get off—4 races each day was great and we had time to still hang out and do other things
The two ‘fun’ races were awesome! Why don’t regatta organizers do that more often?
The length of the races was perfect! Liked the triangle, windward-leeward course-modified Olympic (hamburger/hotdog in the US!)
Bryce and I liked that the course area was fairly flat (kinda selfish – Bryce’s weak point is high waves—don’t sail outside next year now!!!)
The consistent wind was awesome!!! Probably not that great for you, but compared to Florida in the summer!! Whoa!!
The competition-they stayed close to Bryce!
Getting to know Tammy, Janet (Juanita), Amy, Lacy and Cheryl and everyone else too numerous to mention
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy! Tammy is the best! She is such an asset to the team!
The unbelizeably beautiful clear blue water and awesome weather!
The location of the tent and everyone hanging out there! Such a cool place!
The Coast Guard finish boat—sooooo cool! Loved that they were in uniform!
Loved hearing Wolfgang talk!!! I’ll be back…I am going to pump you up
The equipment was great – good job San Pedro Sailing Club!
Lastly, I am amazed at how well the kids from San Pedro sailed! They don’t have as many resources as we do in the US. As a two consecutive year US National Team sailor, Bryce has access to all the top coaches in the world! He has worked with coaches from Europe, Argentina, other countries in South America, Bermuda, the top US coaches, Olympic Medalists, etc. etc. Our neighbor even sailed in the Olympics twice! Your sailors weren’t that far behind and they have some really great boat handling habits. Wow! You guys are really doing a great job, but what impressed me the MOST was Tammy’s passion for what she is doing. I have a feeling she would do anything for those kids! She is running a sailing club, but she is training those kids for life. Not just life in Ambergris Caye, but life in the big world. She is teaching them to present themselves with honor and character. She teaches them values, how to work hard, to take care of others and work as a team. The boys and girls of San Pedro are so lucky to have her. Her approach reminds me of some of the highest level clubs in the US. The clubs that study sports psychology, effective leadership, training to win, Olympic Paths, blah, blah, blah. Tammy does it naturally – no training needed for her! I have been a coach and/or Sailing Director for 20 years! Yikes! The reason I have been a coach for so long is that I am never satisfied with anyone else’s approach to sailing – sad but true. Tammy however has my endorsement! I look forward to coming back to race in Belize. Thank you San Pedro Sailing Club.
My Best,
Karen Tone

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