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Jay Harrell

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2011 Lake Eustis George Washington Birthday Regatta, Feb 19-20
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:38:06 PM »
 This past weekend, I met Ray Laguna from Lake Eustis Sailing Club, Florida and he was interested in inviting Vipers to his February regatta if we're interested.  It's a simple, low-cost, two day regatta at a club that has some potential to start a Viper fleet one day.  The racing is "right there" just off the dock, and the location is a couple hours closer than St Pete (and way closer than Charlotte Harbor).  It's an all-dinghy regatta and we would be the largest boat there.  The downside is that it's a conflict with St Pete NOOD - same weekend.  But it's possible that more of us could make it down due to it being closer and only two days - the logistics are easier, which puts me into the "yes" column.  

Right now we have five boats who have already registered and another two on the fence.  Online registration does not require advance payment, so if you want to come, please go ahead and register.

NOR and Registration is posted at

http://www.regattaregistration.com/Default.aspx?RegattaGUID=2010GeorgeWashingtonRegatta&page=regattainformation&Type=NOR

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Re: 2011 Lake Eustis George Washington Birthday Regatta, Feb 19-20
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 07:20:25 AM »
Quick report:

7 Vipers sailed 4 very close races over two days in warm temperatures and light air.   This is one tight and competitive fleet.

1st place went to Brian Bennett and Len Burke, who showed us all how it's done, despite some stout challenges to their hegemony.

2nd place to Craig and Deborah Wilusz, who showed a steady upward trend in their finishes.  I think it was 4-3-2-1.  Look out for these guys in New Orleans!

3rd to Jay Harrell and Scott Findley sailing with daughters Salena and Grace, who proved that you can sail a Viper at the front of fleet with 9 and 10 year old girls as crew by finishing 1-2-4-4.  BTW, the Vipers had more kids on board than the 30+ boat "family oriented" Flying Scot fleet did, and the two girls couldn't have been happier.

4th to David Furna, who won the longest drive award, coming in from the coast of North Carolina.

For 5, 6, and 7 we had Cliff Clark, David Oliver, and Rob Bernard - perhaps in that order, perhaps some other order.

And in 8th place the score sheet showed Justin Scott with a full row of DNS, so we can all now say we've beaten Justin in a regatta.  That will teach him to register and not show up!

Thanks for everyone who made the trip down and thanks to Ray Laguna for inviting us, and Lake Eustis Yacht Club for hosting a great weekend.