International Viper 640 Class Association –

Contacts

International Board
Justin Scott – Chairman
Tony Chapman – Treasurer
Dave Nickerson – Technical Committee Chairman
Steve Chapman – North America Regional President
Graeme Monkhouse – Australasia Regional President
Ian Nicholson – European Regional President
Tim Carter – Governor
Kay VanValkenburgh – Governor
Edward “Buttons” Padin – Viper 640 Class Administrator

North America
John Leyland – Secretary
Fletcher Boland – Digital Chairman
Peter Beardsley – Northeast VP
Geoff Fargo – West VP
Darren Gilbert – Great Lakes VP
Travis Yates – South VP
Bob Matthews – Technical Committee Representative
Somers Kempe – At-Large Member

Australasia
Mark Griffith – VP
John Park – Secretary/Treasurer
Rod Beurteaux – Technical Committee Representative

Europe
David Pitman – VP

 

 

Justin Scott
Greenwich, CT, USA
International Viper 640 Class Association Chairman

INTERNATIONAL BOARD

About Justin
Justin Scott is a Chairman of the Board of the International Viper 640 Class Association. Justin was one of a small group of founding members of the Viper Class Association when it was reformed in 2003. From 2003 until 2010 he served as US Class President, served on the Board of Governors from 2011 to 2016 and was elected Chairman of the International Board in 2017. Justin states, “The fundamental objective of the Class Association is to ensure that Viper owners are having fun sailing and racing their boats. The Class will make sure that the Viper remains fun, fast and easy to sail. We want the Viper to be a high-performance boat that everyone can sail and everyone can afford. We are passionate supporters of local fleets running local Viper races and at the same time providing some spectacular “bucket list” championship events for class members to travel to. “

Justin lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his sixteen year old son—a computer wizard (“The apple rolled a long way from the tree…”). When not sailing or skiing, Justin is managing partner of Lammergeier Research, advisor to the Lammergeier Fund, taking a private equity approach to publicly traded securities.

Justin has owned four Vipers, named “Mambo Kings.” He has taken Mambo Kings to the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, Bermuda and Lake Garda in Italy, but can be most often found racing in his local fleet at Noroton Yacht Club on Long Island Sound. He is eagerly making plans to send Mambo Kings to Perth Australia for the 2018 World Championship.
Contact Justin
justinscott@optonline.net

Tony Chapman
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Class Treasurer
Tony Chapman

 

About Tony
Tony Chapman, the Viper Class Treasurer hails from England but has lived in the southwest desert of Phoenix, Arizona, for the last 23 years. Tony is also the treasurer for Arizona YC and the Buccaneer 18 Class Association.Tony said, “I used to be a tournament three event water skier. I took a bareboat sailing class in 1999 to be able to charter boats on vacations and got hooked on sailing. I purchased my first Viper (#71 – the first Rondar customer hull), used in 2008, and currently own hull #146.”Tony’s Vipers have traveled in excess of 25k miles attending regattas. As a member of the EC he hopes to assist the class to expand, and make sure all the owners/crew have as much fun with their boats as possible. Tony sums it up, “I really enjoy traveling and plan to attend the West Coast Circuit events this summer and NAs in Houston in the fall.”
Contact Tony
treasurer@viper640.org

Dave Nickerson
Noank, CT, USA
Technical Committee
Chair

 

About Dave
Dave Nickerson has been part of the Executive Committee since the fall of 2010, and also heads up the Technical Committee (with the great team of Tim Carter, Ben Steinberg and Bob Matthews). A veteran of the Laser, Interclub, J/35 and J/22 classes, Dave learned about the details of Vipers the hard way by refurbishing #18—one of the older boats out there. Along with co-owner Moise Solomon, #18 sails out of Noank in southeastern Connecticut, with three other local Vipers.Dave’s 2013 regattas plans include Charleston, all the big NE events and Houston NAs. Dave said, “There are no big Class rules changes in the works, but I want to remind everyone that it’s your Class. If you really want something changed, propose a rule amendment and sell it to your fellow voting owners. Gradual improvements to the boats have helped make the Class strong.”
Contact Dave
dave@nickersons.org

Tim Carter
Long Beach, CA, USA
Governor
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About Tim
Tim Carter has had the pleasure of serving the Class for the last two years—both as a member of the Technical Committee, and working as the Southern California Sparkplug for Rondar Boats. He is a lifelong resident of Southern California and sails out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach.Currently, Tim helms Born in the USA, the first USA-built Viper in 15 years. Tim was previously involved with Vipers #149, #104 and raced for a period of time on #33. He campaigns the boat year round, up and down the West Coast, and participated in the 2012 NAs in Marblehead, MA. Prior to his four-year involvement in the Viper Class, he had a 30-year history campaigning various keel boats, catamarans and dinghies.Tim brings a previous development class background with a strong appreciation for one-design to his role on the Technical Committee. He truly loves the simplicity of the Viper and wants to maintain a level playing field on the race course along with supporting a strong, fun and social atmosphere off the water.He will be participating in the West Coast Circuit, Long Beach Race Week, the Pacific Coast Championships at Huntington Lake and the Houston NAs. He also has the honor of helping host the Viper Class at the first West Coast North Americans at his home club in 2014.Tim has worked in healthcare since the late 70s and is employed by the Providence Health System. He is married to Melanie and has a 22-year-old daughter, Courtney. In addition to sailing, he enjoys bicycling, camping and music. Tim sums up his sailing philosophy by saying, “Go sail a Viper and slap a smile on your face!”
Contact Timbo
tlcarter@earthlink.net

Kay VanValkenburgh
GovernorKay VanValkenburgh

 

About Kay
Kay VanValkenburgh is a Governor of the Viper Class Association, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts, by way of Palermo, Italy. Kay sails #98, Lo.Qi, out of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and chairs the Marblehead Boating Center.He owns a small software company and was an occasional 10-year sailor, “until I bought my first boat, a Viper–then 10 years of solid sailing,” Kay said. “My first Viper was number 28, and now Karen and I have number 98.”As one of the Governors, Kay hopes to preserve the freshness of the Viper and of the class culture as the boat gets broader adoption. Additionally, encourage a broader cross-section of people to begin sailing the Viper.Kay and Karen just returned from the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, and will be attending events in Charleston, Newport, Long Island Sound, and, “Of course Marblehead Race Week in July, and the North Americans in Houston. We also hope finally to get to CORK.”
Contact Kay
usa28@viper640.org

Ed “Buttons” Padin
Class Administrator

Viper 640 Class Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin

 

About Buttons
Ed “Buttons: Padin grew up sailing on western Long Island Sound starting in dinghies, Lightnings, and 110s as a junior. After his stint in the Navy he starting sailing keel boats gravitating to Solings in the mid-70s and then Etchells for the next 15 years. Along the way he also sailed big boats ranging from 36 to 83 feet. An active Team Racer, Buttons chaired two US Team Racing Championships (Hinman) and has been an active member of the Larchmont Yacht Club’s TR team for many years. He was also instrumental in bringing to western LIS its first adaptive regatta, the Robie Pierce Regatta for sailors with disabilities. It was through the Robie that Buttons met Viper Governor Kay VanValkenburgh who was serving as a blind sailor’s sighted guide. Together with American Yacht Club, Buttons and his LYC team will run the ninth Robie this summer.

He started sailing Vipers when they arrived at Larchmont Yacht Club seven years ago and has been an active crew in them ever since. Coming from an advertising, media, and consulting background, he was the logical candidate when the Class identified the need for a Class Administrator. In the two years since he assumed this role he has managed the Snake Bytes newsletter, been involved with the World Sailing application/approval process, managed the Class database, helped event managers effectively run numerous Viper regattas, helped manage the EFG relationship, designed and produced the Class’s Sailing World and Scuttlebutt ads, and had a lot of fun along the way.

And the answer to the question everyone asks: it comes from how his mother first described his eyes.  (You figure out the question!)  And only a selected few of the Australians are allowed to call him “Ed!”

Contact Buttons
+1-914-834-8286 (o)
+1 -914-439-5476 (m)
epadin@padesta.com

NORTH AMERICA REGION

 

Steve Chapman
North America Regional President

 

Contact Steve
chaponlac@gmail.com

 

John Leyland
Secretary

 

 

About John
John Leyland is the Viper 640 Class North American Secretary.  Originally from Windsor, Ontario, he started sailing in his late 20s on various boats and has owned a couple of 25-26 foot keel boats before buying his Viper.  He has lived on the west coast since 1990; North Vancouver is now his home. John owns Viper #191 which he purchased in late 2012 and sails out of West Vancouver Yacht Club sailing in Howe Sound and English Bay.  191 makes its way down the 1-5 to race with the other Vipers in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California.The Viper checked all the boxes for John; a fun/fast one design sportboat, 3-4 crew, legs-in hiking, easy to tow, a supportive class and GREAT people.

To support his sailing habit, John is a Project Management consultant.

Contact John
johnleyland@me.com

Fletcher Boland
Digital Chairman Fletcher Boland

 

About Fletcher
Fletcher Boland joined the Executive Committee in October 2014 and has been sailing his Viper out of Marblehead, MA for years. With his own web design studio, Fletcher’s primary role in the EC will be to oversee all things digital including the Viper640.org website.
Contact Fletcher
fletcher@altolus.com

Peter Beardsley
Brooklyn, NY
North America VP – Northeast

Peter Beardsley hiking hard

About Peter
Peter sails Viper 269 “Great Scott!” out of Larchmont YC (New York), and began his Viper ownership in 2011 with Viper 161 “Vicious Panda,” followed by and Viper 222 “Ghost Panda.”  Peter was Class President of the Viper 640 Class Association from 2013-2014, and was the event chair of the 2015 North Americans at Larchmont, which was the largest regatta in class history to that point.  He is also the author of the March 2010 “Sailing World” article “Don’t Call It a Comeback,” written after crewing for Justin Scott at the 2009 Stamford North Americans.  Peter appreciates the chance to race Vipers with his wife Rachel and his friends, and loves the Viper’s light air performance in all conditions, and adrenaline rush in big breeze.  He has also been known to have spirited kite graphics.  Prior to racing Vipers, Peter raced Vanguard 15, Interclub dinghies, 505s, Shields, J/105s, and a variety of PHRF, IMS and IRC boats.  To further confuse everyone, Peter plans to dabble in foiling boats and Sunfish going forward.When he’s not sailing, Peter is a corporate lawyer in Manhattan representing lenders and borrowers in finance transactions.
Contact Peter
wpbeardsley@gmail.com

Geoff Fargo
Santa Barbara, CA
North America VP – Western

 

Contact Geoff
gfargo@containeralliance.com

Darren Gilbert
London, Ontario
North America VP – Great Lakes

About Darren
Darren grew up sailing on the Great Lakes starting when he was 12, mainly in small one design boats (Lasers, Laser 2’s, FJ’s).  He graduated to keel boats with a Beneteau 36.7 program, moved to Ottawa and sailed U20’s.  Harvey Barnes took Darren out on his first Viper sail in 2009 and he knew right away he wanted one.  Darren’s current club is on a small dammed-up lake in London, Ontario where he sail Lasers on Wednesdays.  He bought his first Viper in 2012 (#29) and his second in 2016 (#194).  He wanted a boat that he could trailer sail (ramp or hoist launch), that was one-design, with a large enough fleet, that was inexpensive, and had a friendly fleet.  The Viper ticked all those boxes.Contact Darren
sailordude@hotmail.com

Travis Yates
Sarasota, FL
North America VP – South

 

Contact Travis
travis.y@gxg.org

Somers Kempe
Warwick, Bermuda
North America
At-Large

 

Contact Somers
somers@mahoganyreef.com 

Bob Matthews
North America
Technical Committee Representative

 

About Bob
Bob Matthews is the latest addition to the Viper Technical Committee. Sailing #162, Basilisk, out of Larchmont Yacht Club where he is a member, Bob comes to the Viper from J/24s, which he and his wife Frankie campaigned up and down the East Coast, from Key West to Canada.Bob brings to the Technical Committee an engineering background, and an acute appreciation of the importance of preserving the principles of the Class—which make the Viper an attractive one-design sport boat: fast, fun, and easy to sail, affordable, and governed by class rules, that along with a good relation with the builder, insure that when on the course all are sailing equally competitive boats.Bob kicked off his 2013 Viper season at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week with Peter Bauer on Wild Hogs.He and Frankie plan to do a number of major regattas on the Basilisk this year, including Charleston Race Week, the New England Championships, the Atlantic Coast Championships, and HPDO.When not sailing Vipers, Bob and Frankie frostbite Interclub dinghies at Larchmont, and when climate change (occasionally) permits, he races a DN locally.
Contact Bob
rjmatthews@gmail.com

AUSTRALASIA

Graeme Monkhouse
Regional President
Applecross, Western Australia

 

Contact Graeme
graeme@monkhouse.net.au 

Mark Griffith
Vice President
Sydney, New South Wales

 

Contact Mark
mgriffith@hindsblunden.com.au 

John Park
Henderson, Western Australia
Secretary/Treasurer

 

Contact John
john.park@parklegalsolutions.com.au 

Rod Beurteaux
West Fremantle, Western Australia
Technical Committee Representative

 

Contact Rod
rod@beurteaux.com 


Europe

 

Ian Nickerson
Woodham, Surrey, UK
Regional President

 

Contact Ian
irn155@sky.com

David Pittman
Everton, Lymington, UK
Secretary 

 

Contact David
david@strawberrymarketing.com