Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta

The Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta is a cherished tradition, which happens annually on the weekend of National Heroes and Benefactors Day. Dating back to 1926, this almost century-old event commemorates the legacy of Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, who sailed Belizean waters aboard his yacht, The Sea King II, despite being paralyzed. Baron Bliss was charmed by the camaraderie of Belizean fishermen until his passing on March 9 at age 57. He generously left his fortune of almost BZD 1.8 million, contributing to national development, including the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts.  

The Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta, launched in 1927, offers free participation in compliance with established rules. The race features four categories: Optimist, Dory, Bosun, and Olympic Laser Race, with stalwarts honoured for preserving tradition. Starting at Smokeez Restaurant in Belize City, the regatta sees sailing clubs from across the country competing, from Belize City to Gales Point, Corozal, Caye Caulker, San Pedro, and Placencia. Join in the excitement of the regatta, where Belizean seafaring heritage is celebrated, and the spirit of Baron Bliss lives on.