The 2012 North Americans will return to the unofficial "birthplace" of the Viper class, Marblehead, Massachusetts, for the first time since 2008, hosted by Eastern Yacht Club.  There will be a Labor Day Regatta the weekend before the NAs to allow out-of-towners to come and practice and make a real trip out of it.  Already there's discussion among southerners, west coasters and even the Australian Viperers to make the trip, and the goal is to have at least 50 Vipers on the starting line.

Weather and Sailing Conditions

The breeze in late September is reliable. The typical breeze is South Westerly and can be expected to be around 10- 15 knots with gusts in the higher teens. Northerlies are more frequent at this time of year and can produce 20 knots. The race area is a championship course location located about 1 ½ mile offshore which has hosted Etchells World championships and J24 World Championships. It is open and free from obstacles and land effect. There is a mild tide which runs relatively evenly over the entire course.

Race Committee

The PRO will be Susie Schneider, a renowned US Sailing Certified Race Officer who has run numerous championships including North American Championships in numerous classes (most recently the 2010 Sonar NA's) . Susie is familiar with the requirements of the Viper class and has run over one hundred Viper races. She is very highly regarded by the Marblehead Viper fleet. Competitors can expect world class RC work with lots of races and prompt starts.
RC equipment includes a state of the art RC boat, several mark boats and a high speed RIB as a mark and rescue boat.

Eastern Yacht Club

The EYC has all the facilities for a North American Championships. Adjacent to the club house and the hoists is a large dry sailing area with plenty of space for rigging. There is space for all competitors to be in one central location for rigging, launching and socializing. Car parking is next to the dry sailing area and the club . There are 2 hoists which Vipers can use at any tide. The Vipers can be dry sailed in a boat storage area right alongside the lifts. There will also be an alternative of moorings for anyone who wishes to stay in the water. The Eastern clubhouse has three dining rooms, a clubroom, and a porch that overlooks a stunning view of the harbor. EYC, facing West across the harbor, has one of the few sunset views on the East Coast. The club is located at 47 Foster Street on Marblehead Neck and has several guest rooms.

Coaching and Tuning

The Marblehead NAs will put a particular emphasis on reintroducing coaching for the middle of the fleet and for class newcomers.
We are working on a sponsor to provide for professional On The Water coaching and really well run debriefs after racing. In addition, on Wednesday afternoon and the weekend prior to the NAs, the local fleet will host a tuning session for early arrivals.