The LiveTiles North American Championship, scheduled for September 30 ,2020 at Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We knew that we could not expect teams from all over North America to make advance plans due to Covid-19 to travel to Noroton in September,” explained Steve Chapman, North American Class President. “With so much uncertainty about the situation postponing this year’s Championship was the right decision.”
The Class is pleased to announce, however, that the Noroton Yacht Club and Long Island Sound Viper 640 fleet will host a week of exciting events in October 2021.
The first Women’s Viper 640 International Championship will be held October 2-3, 2021. This is an open event for women-helmed teams, with entries expected from the U.S., Canada, Spain and Australia.
The 2021 Viper 640 North American Championship will be held October 4-5, 2021, followed by the third Viper 640 World Championship to be held October 7-10, 2021.
Long Island Sound has a long tradition of great racing in October and is home to the largest fleet of Viper’s in the US.
Gulfport (MS) Yacht Club will host the 2022 Viper 640 North American Championship in October 2022 preceded by the Class’ first ever Viper 640 Youth North American Championship
Mary Ewenson, a class sparkplug from Annapolis, MD, described how the Class will be sailing in 2020. “This year, it’s likely that sailors will plan to stay close to home and may sail only with members of their household, so we’re looking at fun racing formats that can be run locally yet scored across all of our fleets in Canada, the U.S., and Bermuda…and maybe even globally.”
The Viper 640 Class is in the process of creating a series of fall 2020 regional events with an emphasis on informality, camaraderie, and safety. Plans are still in the works regarding formats for this multi-local regatta taking place on weekends in September and October. As details are confirmed, notices will be sent out to the Viper 640 Class and the sailing community.
For more information, contact Viper 640 Class Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin at email@example.com.