How to tension full length battens

This is a very thorough video on how to properly tension full length battens using the “rocket” batten ends. The “rocket” comes standard on North mainsails for the  Viper 640.

Go Fast Tips from NA’s winner, Chad Corning

This Viper tip comes from Chad Corning. Chad crews for Jason Carroll on Argo. Team Argo is our current reigning North American Champion. Chad takes us on a quick ride around the race course on Argo. First priority for Argo is to make sure our setup is correct. There are a lot of sail options for […]

A Different Take On Rig Tension

Contributed by Rod Beurteaux West Perth, Western Australia. Rod Beurteaux and crew sailed in the two 2014 Miami EFG regattas and came back for the recent Viper NAs in Long Beach. During those regattas, as crews swapped stories on the dock, Rod indicated that he was sailing (rather successfully) using greater shroud tension than most. […]

Ghost Panda Wins Inaugural MidAtlantic Championship

Until 2014, there weren’t many good options for Viper racing in the northeast after HPDO Columbus Day weekend.  And that’s ok – the weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and people start itching to sail even smaller boats for frostbiting, go skiing, or just hibernate.  However at least for me, when given the option […]

New and Exciting Viper 640 European Event

A new and exciting Viper 640 European Event in 2015 has been announced by Rondar Boats. This is one of the great sailing venues and already there are signed up entries from the UK, Australia and potential enquiries from the USA.  It’s a regatta and Italian holiday in one event! This will be a joint […]

A Successful 2014 UK Season

A  successful 2014 season both overseas and around the UK with boats competing at Miami Bacardi Cup Parkstone Regatta, Cork Week, Cowes Week, Torbay Week. At all these events the Viper put on a great show of speed and fun sailing whilst the keelboat crews looked on! The local based Viper at Falmouth won the […]

GREAT RACING, GREAT FRIENDS, GREAT BEER, 30 VIPERS

The High Performance Dinghy Open, better known as the “HPDO” has a slogan: “Great racing, great friends, great beer.”  Usually all of these things are present for the Viper 640 Class, and the 2014 edition was no exception: 30 boats competing in 8 races over two days, with the leaderboard constantly shuffling and 15 teams […]

VERMONSTERING: IN SEARCH OF CHAMP

Written by Peter Beardsley Since it’s the day before the final major northeast Viper regatta of 2014, I realized it’d be a good idea to finish the writeup of the fantastic event from two weeks ago that I promised event chair Jason Hyerstay I’d write.  Normally HPDO ends the season for us, but the first […]

BRAD BOSTON WINS VIPER 640 2014 NORTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP

Written by Buttons Padin, V640 Class Administrator   Brad Boston (Sarnia, Ont.), sailing with Curtis Florence (Cleveland, OH) and Chad Corning (New Rochelle, NY) sat in third place after 11 races over three days of sailing from Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. That trio executed a classic come-from-behind finish on the fourth and final day to […]

NO PAIN, NO GAIN ON DAY 3 OF VIPER NORTH AMERICANS

Written by V640 Press Office A solid sea breeze and short chop made the third day of the 2014 Viper North Americans one for the record books. Epic conditions prevailed for the third day in a row, with a bit more breeze added for extra measure.  With three straight days of planing conditions, Viper sailors […]