The Viper 640 Class Association
4051 E Desert Crest Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
February 3, 2016
GYA Sailors: Get Your New Vipers To Miami and Charleston!
As GYA clubs and member sailors take delivery of their Viper 640s, they should start making plans to participate in some of the Class’ more important and fun regattas. Yes, there will be the GYA Viper 640 Championship Series, starting with the Viper 640 Gulf Coast Championship sailed during the Opening Regatta in May, but there’s a lot of southern Viper sailing to do in the meantime. And, by sailing in these earlier regattas you will have the opportunity to learn your boats, get tips from Viper veterans, and start enjoying the fun and camaraderie that the Viper 640 Class Association embodies.
The first regattas to put on your schedule are in Miami during early March.
- The EFG Winter Cup – March 6-7, sailed out of the US Sailing Center Miami in Coral Gables. This is the final “qualifying regatta” for the EFG Viper 640 Pan-American Championship and is a great tune-up for northern sailors who have had their boats under wraps for the winter. This Sunday/Monday event is followed on Tuesday by the Miami Scorch, an informal race across Biscayne Bay where the fleet congregates at a great, waterside Cuban restaurant in No Name Harbor for a fun-filled lunch before sailing home. There’s that word again: fun.
Information and registration for the EFG Winter Cup is at http://www.viper640.org/events/efg-winter-cup-2/.
- The EFG Viper 640 Pan-American Championship – March 10-12 finds the Viper Pan-Ams sailed as part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week sponsored by EFG. The Viper 640 Class holds a series of qualifying events in the U.S., Australia, and Europe where scores carry forward to this Championship regatta. Sailed out of Coral Reef Yacht Club, this three-day event attracts most of the top east coast sailors with others drawn from the west coast, Canada, Europe, and even Australia. Part of the Pan-Am Champs experience is being part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, but it’s also sailing with the veteran Viper sailors. Learn more about Bacardi Miami Sailing Week and register online at: http://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1548
- Charleston Race Week – April 14-17. Renowned for being top-flight sailing and top-flight hospitality, the Viper 640 fleet’s next stop is Sperry Charleston Race Week. Three days of competition in Charleston Harbor and three nights of beach parties and Low Country hospitality ashore. This year, CRW is also scheduled to be the 2016 Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship.
Your GYA boats are starting to be delivered so don’t let them gather dust! There is still time to register for all these events. If you have questions about registration or logistics, contact Viper 640 Class Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Need a boat? Contact Rondar Raceboats’ Dan Tucker at email@example.com.