We were surprised to look over at the Grand Caribe dock today and see the unmistakable Optimist dinghies of the San Pedro Sailing Club moored on the water.  Stepping further out onto our veranda, I saw another moored boat with a bright jib, and a Hobie Cat with its brightly striped, tall mainsail up on the beach.  Of course I had to head out immediately with my camera to snap a few shots.
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Optimist Dinghies on a mooring ball
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Optimist Dinghies off Grand Caribe dock
Cowboy Doug saw me taking photos and came out to ask me if I would post them on his Facebook page.  I wasn't sure how they would even turn out because I couldn't even see my viewfinder in the bright sun, but I got pretty lucky.  He said the sailors had brought their own hot dogs to put on the grill, and some of their parents had met them there for some food and beverages.  I am sure they enjoyed a dip in the Grand Caribe pool as well since the day was plenty warm.

After lunch, they headed back to their home base at Caribbean Villas, I'm guessing.  What a perfect day for sail they had, with moderate easterly breezes.  We would have enjoyed sailing south with them on a comfortable beam reach.
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Off they go!
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Need any crew, guys?
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These folks had a bit more work to get going
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The lagging boat heading out now -- wonder if they could catch the Optimists?
Paisley enjoyed some sandy fun on the beach while I was snapping photos!
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Paisley with a sand beard
Sabrina
9/30/2012 03:15:44 am

Great pics. Looks like a fun little sail. Do you know what kind of sailboat that last one is?

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Sabrina

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BeBelize Emily
9/30/2012 03:29:50 am

No, I sure don't. I posted the photos to the sailing club's Facebook page, and the owner of that boat shared the photo, but since I'm not his Facebook friend, I couldn't comment/ask. Cute little thing, though! The kids race in the Optimists every Saturday, and a few adults/parents go along.

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10/1/2012 11:52:15 pm

You did a great job with the pictures! We've never been on such a small sailboat, but they look like a lot of fun!

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BeBelize Emily
10/2/2012 12:09:15 am

They do look fun! The kids really seem to enjoy them, and it's such a positive activity for them to do down here. The last time I was on a tiny sailboat was a Sunfish in girl scout camp. I was a terrible sailor then, but it was still a lot of fun!

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