October 14, 2018
Sailing eight races over two days, 24 Viper 640s competed for the 2018 New England Championship at Noroton Yacht Club on Long Island Sound in Darien, CT. Both days started off with the sailors having to bundle up as unseasonably cool temperatures were joined by variable winds for which the Sound is known. In the end, it was Brad Boston, Curtis Florence, and Eric Bigras with 15-points taking the regatta by a margin of twenty points over Dave Nickerson, Moise Solomon, and Scott Leming in second. Finishing a single point behind Nickerson in third was Viper International Class Chairman Justin Scott and Bill Nightingale with Will Felder and Maarten Eenkema van Dijk each splitting the regatta as Scott’s third.
Boston, from Sarnia, Ontario, summed up the event, “The racing was well run, Noroton Yacht Club’s new clubhouse is beautiful, the hospitality and camaraderie was great, and it was well worth having to drive through the night to and from Canada to be part of the 2018 New England Championship.”
The Youth Award went to 14-year-old Laura Moulinard (Vaudreuil, Quebec) sailing with her father and uncle. No one had more fun on the race course than she.