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Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017

End of Season Review: Visit St Petersburg/Clearwater

It couldn’t have gone much better for Visit St Petersburg/Clearwater as they ended the season with a spot on the podium.

It was a successful opening round once the dust had settled as they claimed second in the weekend standings after times and points were adjusted.

Team Barbados led the St Cloud weekend standings heading into race three but hit and deflated the turn-three buoy causing several teams to miss the turning on the following lap which cause teams that fell foul to incur a one-minute penalty.

The penalty helped Visit St Petersburg/Clearwater climb up into second for experienced racers Richie Webster and Trent Gaulin.

It was much of the same in Jacksonville as they finished the weekend behind only Team Barbados and level on 73 points with Frank & Al’s Pizza. After overcoming technical issues to get on the water for race one they were victorious in race two around crossing the line in second, fifth, sixth and seventh across the weekend’s four other races.

Next on the calendar was a home showing as AquaX arrived on St Pete Beach ready for round three and Visit St Petersburg/Clearwater produced a stellar performance on Sunday to take the victory in race four and finish the weekend in third.

Sarasota was a difficult outing for the pair as they managed to cross the line in eighth and sixth twice but they did enough in Islamorada to secure their spot in the US Championship top three.

A bolstered schedule of five races saw Visit St Petersburg/Clearwater cross the line in sixth, fifth, fourth and third twice which left them narrowly miss out on the weekend podium but secured their position in third across the series.

“The season went to plan for our second year as we finished in the top three, Webster explained.

“We really enjoyed the weekend in Jacksonville. We made a rookie mistake leaving the cowling at home and had to scramble getting it from Orlando to Jacksonville on race day which meant we entered the first race late but still finished second for the weekend.”