Over seventy Viper 640s from around the globe are registered and getting ready to meet in Fort Walton Beach, FL, for the 2017 Beacon Group Viper 640 North American Championships. The event, hosted by the Fort Walton Yacht Club unofficially kicks off October 22 with the Marlow Ropes NAC Warm-Up Regatta. The Beacon Group Viper 640 North American Championships October 24-28th
Teams from Canada, Bermuda, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the good ole USA will battle it out on the waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. Sailors planning to sail range in age from teens to sixties and seventies with both women and men eyeing the prize. Following the event, some of these Viper teams are doing a Turn-and Burn, packing their boats in containers to be shipped directly to Perth, Australia, for the 2018 Viper 640 World Championship in February 17-23
The Title Sponsor for the North Americans, The Beacon Group, will also be represented on the water by the Beacon Group’s Founder, Cliff Farrah. Cliff will be sailing with his daughter Cameron and team mate Brian Lambert.
In an interview with Cliff we found that he is passionate about three things: his family, his company and sailing. “Top level one-design racing is what I seek, and the Viper 640 Class embodies the wonderful competition of world class professional and Corinthian racing, and a growing, thriving sailing community. I’m particularly excited but the recent recognition of the Viper as a World Class by World Sailing. We are proud to serve as the title sponsor for what promises to be the largest gathering of Viper 640 sailboats in the world. We look forward to being a part of this great event.”
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