Consistency pays off as Mark Wheeler wins Southern Bay Race Week - Viper 640 International Class Association

Southern Bay Race Week

June 2-5, 2022

Hampton (VA) Yacht Club

Mark Wheeler, sailing with Charles Brewer and Austin Powers, gave a lesson in consistent sailing during this year’s SBRW. Tossing an eighth, in the nine scored races, Wheeler and crew posted five firsts, three seconds and a seventh for 18 points…a nine-point lead over Justin Morris in second with 27 points and Peter Ill in third with 31 points, one ahead of Henry Amthor.


Henry got off to a fast start and was winning after the first day; however, when Mark turned on the after burners in his VAPOR TRAILS with two bullets on Day 2, the lead changed hands for good. Also sailing an excellent regatta was Justin Morris winning three races and placing second twice.

Mark Wheeler had been close to winning in the past, but this regatta was his going away. It was really fun, close racing and there were lots of weather marks where there were six boats rounding within a boatlength or two.

There was good breeze all three days which is a great omen as Hampton Yacht Club is hosting the Viper ACCs next year.