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East Coast Viper sailor here.

We'd love to be sailing against more GYA sailors in Vipers, both in Gulf Coast events and elsewhere. But especially in Gulf Coast events.

At Ft. Walton YC in 2017 we had our largest turnout for a Viper regatta ever - 54 teams at the NAs. 24 of those were GYA entries. And there are A LOT more Vipers in the GYA now.

2022 NAs at Gulfport: only 15 GYA entries

2023 Worlds in March at SYC: so far only 6 GYA entries.

Travelers want to see a lot of boats signed up before committing. Local teams are the easiest teams usually to get to commit. So we're bummed - we all like large regattas - it's a better party and we want to make new friends, not just see the same old folks.

"Worlds" is a misnomer (although allegedly there are some Australian and British teams planning to sign up shortly) - it's just another Viper regatta. No one should be intimidated by the regatta title. We do daily debriefs post racing with open Q&A. Clinics. Lots of chances to share notes with other Viper sailors and get better. The winter series is a great way to get in some practice. Please sign up early and often for these regattas. If you need crew, email me - we can help find folks if I have enough notice, some of whom may be (very) experienced Viper sailors who are willing to fly in and help out if there's a new team wanting to get up to speed.

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