If you have been following the Caribbean regatta that has been going on by Tampa Bay Jim Sears and his team have been victorious, this being the third time for his team at this championship event. Team Viper as his team is called, were able to rejoice as they crossed the final leg of the regatta. Ryan Becker, the ten year old son was exuberant as his family arrived victorious at The Bight by the Normal Islands. The Becker family was able to win the fourth distance race of the championship, which was part of the race regatta spanning two days. They also succeeded in the long down winder race that covered a course from Sandy Cay to Guana Island which was held the previous day.
It has now been established that Dr Jim Sears has a lead in the championship that is unassailable, having been two times defending champion in this tournament. Team Viper was able to secure a lot of points that helped in their final victory. Sears talked about the experience they had gained in the past that came of use in this regatta as well. They came out of the base early and figured out the sail controls and other mechanics early which helped them in getting a head start. They also planned their tactics carefully as per the prevailing wind conditions.
The regatta was one of the first few international events held in the Tampa bay area. It showcased class A catamarans that were a sight to see for the sailing enthusiasts. It also brought several catamaran owners to the event that showcased their vehicles and several modification designs that each vessel had. It was a weekend that brought several such high performance vessels on the same waters. The sailing races helped to bring out tactical and technical skills among several sailors in this category.