Duncan Adams, Chris Brown, Liam Green, and Ryan Bernicoat Win Inaugural Viper 640 European Championship

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 […]

I Love Scorch. Scorchy scorch scorch.

Viper 640s Miami Scorch A Blustery Event MIAMI (March 3): There are a lot of reasons to come to South Florida to race Vipers in March.  The weather is usually great.  The competition is excellent.  But it’s not all about the racing around the buoys.  There’s also the race to the restaurant, known as the […]

Three Podium Spots, Three Different Flags at the EFG Winter Cup

Miami is known as the gateway to Latin America.  For Viper sailors, it may also be the jumping off point for points east.  If you hailed from an island in the Atlantic Ocean, you probably did well at the 2015 EFG Winter Cup.  Bermudians Somers Kempe, Butch Agnew and Adam Barboza never won a race and […]

Team Locomotion Wins Arizona YC Birthday Regatta

The 55th Arizona YC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup was the first event of the Viper 640 West Coast Winter Circuit, held during Martin Luther King Day Jr. weekend at Lake Pleasant, 40 miles north of Phoenix.  The event is known for its beautiful desert scenery and its usual “festival” vibe, including the annual “mini-bar” […]

Hybrid Blackout Panda Team Wins Second Sarasota Event

What do you get when you combine half of Viper 205 Blackout Proposal, with Viper 222 Ghost Panda? Blackout Panda, with Peter Beardsley, Danny Pletsch, and Megan Magill Pletsch, and a win at the second stop of the Sarasota Winter Viper Circuit.   The top two teams from the Western Long Island Sound season standings in […]


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 […]

Inaugural Australian Viper 640 One Design Regatta

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]