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10 April, 2017

Eight Viper class yachts, six representing PRSC and two from South of Perth Yacht Club competed in six races over a harbour course.It was planned to have as many races as possible and Saturday afternoon got off to a good start with five back to back heats. Conditions were excellent with a steady ten to twelve knot southerly.

Sunday dawned without a breath of wind and the 9.00 am start was postponed until well after ten when a little whisper from the east appeared and it was race on.It was slow going but a little quicker than it was just to get to the start line. There was time only for the one heat but it was still a great weekend with a lot of interest being shown with the Vipers especially with the World series to be held in Fremantle in 2018.
It has been decided among those involved on the weekend to make it an annual event with a special trophy for the winner.
The overall winner after six heats was Rod Berteaux  from South of Perth who proved too good with You Get In The Bowl. Second overall was Murray Howson from PRSC who wasn’t far off the pace with Chinese Moccasin. In third place was Kim Leunig fom South of Perth in Grey Nomad. Fourth was Michael Cameron of PRSC with Easy Tiger Snake. Then followed Chris Lee in Snake Charmer, Steve Dines in Fang, Chris Oldham in Alice and then Bruce Mattinso in Black Mumba these four all from PRSC.
Pictures:Some action or lack of it on Sunday morning.

  • Looking Ahead – Comments from Viper Int’l Chair November 30, 2016 At the Class AGM in Bermuda, the members approved the International Class Constitution which created an International Board of Governors (The International Board). We asked the newly elected Chairman of the International Board to write a few lines describing the role of the International Board and their priorities for the next twelve months. Justin Scott wrote: First of all, let me explain who is on the board. The Class consists of three regions; North America, Australasia, UK and Europe. Each region has its own regional Class President and its own regional Executive Committee. The International Board consists of the three Class Presidents plus an elected Chairperson, an elected International Technical Committee Chair and three elected governors, one of who is serving as International Treasurer. Thus the current International Board consists of:- Steve Chapman – Class President of North America Ian Nicholson  – Class President of UK ... more
  • New Viper 640 Class Officers Elected At AGM November 28, 2016 Through the combination of online and in-person voting, a Constitutional Quorum of over 100 Owner Members cast ballots for new Class officers to serve two-year terms (2017-2018). The new slate of officers is: North American Region President – Steve Chapman Secretary – John Leyand Treasurer – Tony Chapman Northeast – Peter Beardsley Southeast – Travis Yates West – Geoff Fargo Great Lakes – Darren Gilbert European Region Europe Pres – Ian Nicholson Europe Secretary – David Pittman Australasia Region Australasia Pres – Graeme Monkhouse Australasia VP – Mark Griffin Australasia Secretary – John Park Australasia Tech Comm. Rep – Rod Beurteaux International Board (includes three Regional Presidents) International Board Chair – Justin Scott Int’l Gov. – Tony Chapman Tech Comm. Chair – Dave Nickerson Int’l Gov – Tim Carter Int’l Gov – Kay VanValkenburgh more
  • All Rules Change Proposals And International Constitution Accepted at 2016 AGM November 28, 2016 At the 2016 Viper 640 Class Association’s 2016 Annual General Meeting held November 17, in Bermuda, the Class voted on four specific changes to the Class Rules as well as voting on acceptance of an International Constitution. Over 100 votes were cast on each issue which represents a 50% quorum of Owner Members required for passage. The specific new rules follows: 1) Hiking Lines – Amends Rule 8.3 in the Equipment and Fittings Section – Passed with 96% approving The new rule will allow hiking lines to be attached the hiking straps and to the hiking strap eyes on the cockpit floor. The change allows a more direct line of support to the person hiking and can help pull the strap up so feet can get under more easily. It also better accommodates the needs of teams sailing 4-up. Effective March 1, 2017 2) GYA ... more
  • Zeke Horowitz, Ian Coleman, and Brendan Healey Win Aspen Viper 640 International Championship sponsored by EFG November 20, 2016 Sunday, November 20, 2016 When it was decided that the Viper 640 sports boats would travel to Bermuda during November 2016 for its major regatta, everyone was looking forward to the big winds that prevail on the Great Sound at that time of year. Unfortunately on two of the days too much wind prevailed. The 4-day event, the Aspen Viper 640 International Championship sponsored by EFG, was held from Wednesday – Saturday, November 16-19, in conjunction with the 2016 North American Championship. The regatta came down to only six races over two days of sailing. As was the case on Thursday’s second day of the event when 25+ knot westerly winds with puffs well into the 30’s kept the racers ashore, the final day’s racing also had to be cancelled as the low hovering around Bermuda brought winds well in excess ... more
  • Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone win EFG Viper 640 International Championship Warm-up Regatta November 14, 2016   November 14, 2016 For Immediate Release Hamilton, Bermuda Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone win EFG Viper 640 International Championship Warm-up Regatta     Cardwell Potts, sailing with his wife Jennifer, Ted Ferrarone, and Kendra Emhiser, a quartet of Viper 640 sailors from Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club won the Viper 640 International Championship Warm-up Regatta in commanding fashion with a line score of 1-2-1-3-2 over five races for a total of nine points. That performance gave the Potts/Ferrarone team a 23-point lead over another Larchmont Yacht Club team comprised of Peter and Rachel Beardsley with Jay and Rachel Rhame. Viper Class Governor Justin Scott (Darien, CT) was in third with 36 points followed by Zeke Horowitz (Annapolis, MD). Several teams opted to sit the last race out in building breeze and with several days of sailing to go and plenty of beaches to see. > > Hosted by the ... more
  • Dates for 2017 Viper 640 North Americans Announced October 3, 2016 October 25-28, 2017 Ft Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton Beach, FL Mark your calendars now… The Ft. Walton Yacht Club will be hosting the 2017 NAs on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Craig and Deb Wilusz are working on all the details and will post the NoR shortly. Got any ideas for NA sponsors??? Contact Craig at more
  • VIPER 640 CLASS ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA February 23, 2016 February 24, 2016 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the design of the Viper 640 and the 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the Class Association. The Class is now a truly international class with Viper 640 fleets active in seven nations across three continents. The Class Association is celebrating these milestones by hosting the first Viper 640 International Championship, with sailors competing for a prestigious new trophy open to Viper teams from around the world. The International Championship will be hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club on Bermuda’s Great Sound November 16-19, 2016, preceded by a warm-up regatta November 13-14. There are over 50 Viper 640s already registered for the International Championship, with representative teams coming from North America, Europe and Australia, and it is anticipated this number will grow in the ... more
  • Rumble in the Reach 2016 January 25, 2016 Lets rumble…. Each year, East Fremantle Yacht Club holds the Rumble in the Reach for the Western Australian Sports Boat fleet. The “Reach”, or Blackwall Reach, is a narrowing of the Swan River, a gorge if you like, 1.2 km long and .33 km wide. It is affectionately known as the “Drainpipe” The prevailing southwesterly wind funnels down the reach. It is notoriously difficult to sail with currents and a swirling wind.     The Rumble is open to all sports boats. It is a handicap start with boats off at 30 sec intervals. There are three races and if you place in a race, you are further handicapped for the subsequent race. The course is 600m from top mark to bottom. It is a normal windward leg and then a downwind slalom around four marks. The midway point of the course is set 100m in front ... more
  • The Snake Charmer Albany Regatta November 23, 2015 Albany is the yachting Mecca this weekend with the Clipper Cup yachts coming from the Southern Ocean and the Vipers coming from Perth, 400 kilometres to the north. Three vipers have been purchased by Albany sailors and are now sailing out of Princess Royal Yacht Club. Most of the Perth fleet are off to join them for the inaugural Snake Charmer Albany Regatta. With at least seven vipers sailing, wining and dining down in Albany, it should be a great long weekend.   The Regatta is named after Chris O’Keefe’s first viper “Snake Charmer” What’s better than having a Viper – having two. Chris is one of those lucky buggers. His original, “Snake Charmer” is now based in his hometown of Albany and his new boat in Perth. Both will be down at Albany this weekend. Chris with Rod Beurteaux imported the first container of Vipers ... more
  • Musto Fremantle Regatta November 2, 2015 Musto Fremantle Regatta was again a huge event. Over 200 boats in 13 classes. The regatta can sometimes be light but we had a bit of everything up to 15 knots. Five Vipers attended and all boats shared the spoils in at least one race. Chris O’keefe had a great first day with a 2nd, 1st, 1st. and then crunch. The start crew had set the start line in shallow water, and with a falling tide eventually three boats hit the bottom. Chris’s damage meant his weekend was over. Rod Beurteaux could only sail the first day on AUS 216 and the helm was shared among his crew on the second day. None could match Graeme Monkhouse on Hissteria the second day. Graeme Monkhouse, Heather Monkhouse and James Williams dominated the last day with three 1st’s and two 2nd’s to win the series by ... more
  • Duncan Adams, Chris Brown, Liam Green, and Ryan Bernicoat Win Inaugural Viper 640 European Championship July 7, 2015 Reported by Governor Justin Scott So there we were, having dinner in a quaint Italian town, and a regatta broke out… Riva Del Garda: The Ora, Vino Rosso, The Falmouth Four, Ted the Marsupial and the first Viper European Championships Twenty three Vipers and K6s descended on the utterly charming town of Riva Del Garda for the Euro Cup hosted by the Italian yacht club, Fraglia Vela Riva between June 22 and 26. This event without a shadow of doubt enters the bucket list of international Viper events that every Viper owner should try and do at least once in their lifetime. The sailing is “magnificent.”  It is sailing that simply does not exist anywhere else in the world. Typically the lake is calm in the morning but, by midday, the high plains to the north of Garda have heated up and convection ... more
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR TO VIPER SAILORS AROUND THE WORLD January 9, 2015 2014 was a great year for racing a Viper 640, with major regattas in all four corners of the U.S., across Australia, and Europe. This coming year looks even more promising, as a full year of racing and Viper fun is already planned. GULF YACHTING ASSOCIATION MAY GO VIPERING The 30+ yacht clubs of the Gulf Yachting Association have been competing in their Capdevielle Regatta series for decades in club-owned Flying Scots. The GYA has been looking to replace the Flying Scots with a newer design that will be fast and fun to sail, and attract more people to participate in sailing on the Gulf Coast. Over the past year, Rondar Raceboats’ Paul Young and Dan Tucker have been working with the GYA in a focused effort to have the Viper 640 selected as the new GYA Capdevielle boat. The commodores of the GYA ... more
  • Inaugural Australian Viper 640 One Design Regatta December 17, 2014 Well, the 1st Australian Viper regatta had it all. 10 boats on the start line, no breeze, a shitload of breeze, great racing, 19.1 knots top speed and tight finishes with boats just seconds apart. Heather Monkhouse on Histeria said after the finish of one race , “We sailed really well during the race and we were near last. How did that happen? ……And then I looked in front and we had about seven boats just seconds in front of us. We were still in it, if we sailed well…. The racing is so close.” Saturday was meant to be breeze above 18 knots all day. It didn’t eventuate. Race one had Rob Beurteaux in Another Girl leading from Kim Leunig in a new Viper, TBA. The breeze dropped on the second windward leg and the back markers hit the right hand corner. What’s that song ... more
  • Geographe Bay Race Week: Vipers, Passage Races, Short Courses,Surfing and Wineries! February 27, 2012 Geographe Bay Race Week Regatta is done and dusted for another year. I was going to write daily reports but restaurant meals, parties and laziness prevented me. About eighty five boats started overall. A bit down on last year. The IRC racing fleet was only about 20 boats. The GFC seems to be affecting us all. The sportsboat fleet was down in numbers but the competitive bar was raised. Five Viper 640’s, one Shaw 650, two Melges 24’s and a Sprinter started. The Melges added some welcome tough competition to the sportsboat fleet. Peter Chappell, multiple Australian champion with titles in Sharpies, 505’s, and Etchells sailed one. Peter Sorrenson , a legend in 18 ft skiffs and many other classes sailed another.   This was a rematch between the Melges and the Vipers. The last time these two classes battled for honours on the ... more


Viper 640: Fang (Tim Reger, Tony Johnson, Rob Murdoch)

Australian Sportsboat of the Year 2014

Viper 640 Australian SMS Results:

  • 1st Australian Sportsboat of the Year 2014
  • 4th in Geelong Race Week regatta. – four, first places out of 8 races
  • 2nd NSW ASBA state titles
  • 1st Airlie Race Week
  • 1st WA ASBA State title.