The Open 6.50 and the Open 5.70 have both been officially invited to compete at Key West 2010.
“There will be a start for a 20’ Sportboat class at this year’s Key West Race Week. We extend an invitation to one design 20’ Sportboats of similar size (20-22’ LOA), including the Laser SB3, Melges 20, Ultimate 20, Viper 640, Open 6.50, Open 5.70 and other similar designs as approved by Premiere Racing.”
This is the first time there will be a 20′ sport boat class at the event. In the past there has always been a minimum length of around 24 feet. This change in policy goes to show the shift in the sport boat market and that the 20′ sport boats are starting to become main stream. With a few boats based on the East coast and one just down the road in Miami this will be the event to be at in January. Open Sailing is working on the logistics in order to help some of the boats on the west coast that are interested make the journey. Contact us if you’re interested in going, would like to crew or fancy a road trip!