Viper 640 North Americans – Screaching in Long Beach

Written by Buttons Padin, V640 Class Administrator With planing conditions forecast and the sun shining, Viper sailors awoke happy but sore and groggy from a 4-race first day and evening festivities. “You have to really work hard to not have fun when sailing out here” said outgoing Class President Peter Beardsley. “The wind is great, […]

Jeff Grange Takes Control of Viper 640 North Americans After First Day

Written by Buttons Padin, V640 Class Administrator Long Beach, CA Some championship regattas fall into the trope of “it’s never like this here.”  In Long Beach, California, this was not true thankfully for the Viper 640 fleet.  Despite dire forecasts, several days of light winds during practice, and an hour on-shore postponement, the Viper 640 […]

Long Beach NAs: Are You Ready to RUMmmmmble?

Written by V640 Press Office For the first time in the Viper 640 Class’s history, the North American championship will be contested on the west coast. Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, the 2014 NAs will feature 40 boats with teams from seven states, as well as three Canadian and two Australian teams.  “We’re thrilled […]

Three Steves Sweep CORK Podium

Written by V640 Press Office Steve Conger & Crew won the 2014 Great Lakes Championship at CORK aboard Viper 43 “Zig Zag”, edging out Future Class President Steve Chapman on Viper 87 Oshanmare by a single point.  Chapman, by virtue of his Ottawan accent, took home the 2014 Canadian Viper National Championship.  Steve Gilbert, driving […]


The Viper 640 Class New England Championship was sailed over three days during the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta sponsored by Sailing World. A total of nine races were sailed but the final results would not be determined until the very last race. Friday’s racing was delayed over an hour due to lack of […]


Congratulations to Phil and Wendy Lotz and Luke Lawrence for winning the 2014 Bacardi Newport Regatta. 2014 Bacardi Newport Regatta sponsored by EFG Bank concluded today with two more races sailed in Potters Bay north of thePell Bridge. As promised, the winds were “a bit brisk” blowing steadily in the mid-to-high teens. The sea breeze […]

Edward “Buttons” Padin

Class Hires First Class Administrator

The Executive Committee of the Viper 640 Class, in conjunction with the Class Governors, has hired the Class’s first formal Class Administrator. Edward “Buttons” Padin of New Rochelle, NY, a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, and a regular crew on Peter Bauer’s Viper 159 Wild Hogs, brings to this […]

Charleston – 2014 Atlantic Coast Champs

Charleston Race Week has become one of, if not the largest multi-class regattas in the country over the past 6 years, in no small part due to Viper support and participation.  It helps that in even-numbered years, the class makes the regatta its Atlantic Coast Championship and returns to find the bottomless Dark & Stormies […]

2014 San Diego NOODs Newcomers Dominate

Written by Alex Steele Wow, what a fun regatta!! This was our second regatta in the Viper and it was a great one. The weather for the San Diego NOODs was nearly perfect with mild temperatures, clear skies, and good wind. the race committee ran nine quality races over three days. Coronado Yacht Club is […]

Miami Sailing Week – On Like Donkey Kong

Miami.  In.  March.  The revamped EFG Pan American Championship with a winner-take-all one regatta finale.  Palm trees.  Bacardi.  Bacardi Girls.  Did we say Miami in March already?  After a weekend tune-up with the EFG Winter Cup for the 11 teams who got to town early, and a “Scorch” “race” (i.e., a chance to reach with […]