Round Two of the Sarasota Viper Winter Series was sailed January 9-10 in very fun

conditions with a great group of 21 crews. Saturday morning dawned with a touch of fog that burned off and gave way to steady 8-12 kts by the time the first race got under way. Justin Scott, sailing his new boat #237, drew first blood and had a good day to finish up leading after day one; the fleet was very close in each of the four races sailed. As a sure sign of how tight it was, every team in the top ten had a double-digit finish during the day.

Jay Rhame with Peter and Rachel Beardsley – Winners of Sarasota #2

PRO Ron Pletsch and the crack RC team got things underway promptly Sunday morning with  the eager fleet pushing the line for

multiple general recalls. With the “I” flag in constant use, five races were sailed Sunday in fantastic conditions varying between 12-14 kts  in the slower races and 17-20 kts in the more sporty races. Picking up only 11 points in the five races sailed on Sunday was key to the overall event win put together by Jay Rhame, Peter Beardsley, and Rachel Beardsley onGhost Panda, who finished the day with two bullets.

Scott Furnary, Brendan Healy and Zeke Horowitz with PRO Ron Pletsch – Second at Sarasota
With two series events in the books, Zeke Horowitz and his crew on Jenny have the overall lead. Three has a solid chance to see 30 Vipers on the line in February, and teams can discard their worst 30% of scores, so stay tuned to hear about more great winter Viper sailing or get in gear to come join the crowd down in Sarasota.
Crew Jeff Sullivan accepting third place for skipper Tom Loutrel