Viper 640 Class Official Viper 640 Class Association Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:37:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Viper Sailor Patrick Mauro Summits Mt. Everest! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:22:51 +0000 Patrick Mauro thrilled his Larchmont Yacht Club shipmates and other Viper sailors this past May as many of us followed in real time (largely thanks to Facebook) his expedition to Himalayas to tackle the world’s tallest mountain. We uninitiated were totally unaware of the preparation and training that must go into such a venture, and how long the actual ascent and descent of the mountain would take…and the obstacles that had to be overcome along the way. Pat was asked to share his thoughts on elite-level mountaineering as it relates to his having grown up as a sailor.

The long and winding road…

Pat’s commentary:
Among the varied amalgam of interests, relationships, and experiences in my life, water has been a constant motif. I grew up on the shore of a lagoon in Hilton Head, SC, where alligators, cranes, and magnolia trees provided the backdrop for my childhood nature walks. At age six I started sailing, a pursuit that has taken me from the frenzied currents of Charleston and Annapolis to the more lethargic tides of Long Island Sound. In recent years, my focus has turned to the mountains. Here the gentle sound of water lapping against a hull and the cacophony of a luffing sail have been replaced with the white noise of alpine waterfalls and the violent clamor of avalanches. My pursuit of mountaineering has taken me to some of the great mountain ranges of the world, and, on May 25 at 5:47 AM, I carried the American Flag and the Larchmont Yacht Club burgee to the summit of Chomolungma, known to westerners as Mount Everest.

I am a relative neophyte in the alpine arts, having only begun technical mountaineering four years ago; but I have always felt well prepared for my endeavors, a lucky circumstance which I attribute to my experiences sailing. As in sailing, mountaineering requires humans to contend with natural forces in a potentially dangerous environment. Both pursuits focus on efficiency of movement, even though the blank canvases of the mountain and the water only provide intermittent milestones by which to measure progress. When climbing as a member of an expedition, each teammate relies on the others to perform their assigned roles no matter the conditions, just as sailors depend on each other to gracefully usher a boat through maneuvers. And for both endeavors, when a participant achieves a sufficient degree of technical mastery, these elements combine to produce an intense sense of freedom: mountaineers and sailors both relish stepping off the edge of the map.

The infamous Hillary’s Notch

During my expedition, our final ascent to the summit continued to be “blown out” by heavy winds resulting in a painful nine-day stay at our base camp. As we waited for the jet stream to move away from the Himalayas, it was easy to allow eager optimism to transmute into impatient despair. During those days, there was plenty of time for meditation, and I realized another similarity between the sea and the mountains: What we do is far less important than with whom we do it. Though you may have been 7,000 miles away, many of you were with me on that trip, expressing support over Facebook or e-mail. Thank you for your words of encouragement. They propelled me up the mountain.

You can follow my adventures at or on Instagram @patrick.mauro.

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Vipers @ Fraglia vela Riva, Italy Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:27:23 +0000  

Final Report & Results


Well what a week that turned out to be we had it all, typical Garda weather, no wind, variable wind and a hell of a lot of wind.

All the fleet arrived on Sunday with boats from the UK and Australia turning up with a strong fleet from Perth Western Australia which is quickly turning into a hot bed for the fast growing Viper 640 fleet and where the first Viper 640 world Championships will be held now the fleet has gained world status.

Racing started on Monday with typical Garda weather, Lawrence Crispin crewed by long term friend Hector Cisneros and Andy Leigh showed a clean set of heels and won the first race in a brand new boat straight out of the box from Rondars. Behind was a close scrap for second place between the next three boats with Rod Berteaux, John Stubbs and Flying 15 veteran Rupert Leslie just pipping the Brits (Craig, Ryan, Duncan and Liam) from Falmouth and another Aussie boat sailed by Keith Swinton, Bruce & Arlyn Mattison and Ben Marler. Close racing indeed. The following race proved a bit of a mare for the winners of race one who dragged their kite at the first leeward mark whilst in the lead. This allowed Rod Berteaux and team to slip through and take the bullet in race two with another close scrap between Murray Howson, Chris O’Keefe and John Parkes who snatched second from Greame & Heather Monkhouse crewed by Nick Lewins and Robbie Stout, and new Viper Brits David Hitchcock and Ian Nicholson with David’s son Jamie into fourth. The last race of the day was and Aussie affair with the four uppers of the Mattison team taking the bullet.

Day 2 dawned cloudy and humid with the wind blowing down the lake, one race was started but was abandoned when the wind die away completely.

Day 3 started off a ground hog day from the day before with the first race being started and abandoned after the wind died completely. However more was to come, A Ponale wind (straight down the mountain) came out of nowhere plus for extra spice a thunderstorm and hail. Those closest to the wind didn’t know what hit them and had no time to drop sails and prepare. The fleet were advised by the rescue boats get in the water, capsized or turtled if possible, no mean feat in a Viper. Those further down the lake saw it coming and had time to drop their sails and prepare for the onslaught with gusts reaching 55 knots. Realising there was no more sailing for the day four Aussie boats and two British boats headed straight for the windsurfing centre under the lee of the cliffs. One Aussie swan to shore for Dark and Stormies for his fellow countrymen while the Brits opted to swim ashore for tea and cake.

The Ponale wind doesn’t last long and was soon followed by a strong Northerly wind (Peler) allowing everyone to sail back to the club and share their tales. The day proved a testament for not only the Viper fleet but the K6’s as well as there was no damage to the boats.

Thursday and Friday reverted back to normal Garda days.

First race Thursday resumed where it left off from Monday with all the boats finishing within seconds off each other, any slight mistake could prove costly and could lose you many places. The Mattisons took the first bullet of the day followed by team Berteaux and team Monkhouse. Race two proved even closer with Murray Howson and team winning, team Monkhouse second, the Falmouth Boys third and Dave, Ian & Jamie fourth. The latter three boats all being overlapped on the finish line nearly requiring a photo finish. Race three was significant, with Lawrence Crispin and team finally getting the bit between their teeth and taking the final race of the day.

After a fleet dinner on Thursday night with the K6’s Friday dawned with two races to go. In the first race Team Crispin had a bad start and had to chase the fleet hard, they managed to crawl their way from seventh at the first mark to take the win throwing the series wide open.

This win meant going into the last race any of the top four boats could take the series especially with a second discard kicking in. This time team Crispin got a clean start, however it was the Falmouth boys who lead at the first mark. The fleet split at the top mark with some going left some going right. Rounding at the leeward mark was close affair with the Falmouth boys just ahead of team Crispin with the rest of the fleet in hot pursuit. Team Crispin ground down the Falmouth boys up the last beat and rounded the last mark in the lead which they held onto at the finish, taking this bullet meant the week.

A fantastic memorable and eventful week sailing was had by all, a special thankyou to Fraglia della Vela Riva and to Gul who provided the prizes and the Viper Fleet looks forward to returning in two years’ time.


Sail No.











1 GBR 274 Lawrence Crispin, Hector Cisneros, Andy Leigh 1 6 4 8 6 1 1 1 20
2 AUS 217 Murray Howson, Chris O’Keefe, John Parks 5 2 2 7 1 6 2 4 22
3 AUS 279 Graeme Monkhouse, Heather Monkhouse, Nick Lewins. Robby Stout 7 3 3 3 2 2 3 7 23
4 AUS 281 Keith Swinton, Bruce Mattison, Ben Marler, Arlyn Mattison 4 5 1 1 7 3 5 5 24
5 AUS 280 Rod Berteaux, John Stubbs, Rupert Leslie 2 1 7 2 5 7 6 2 25
6 GBR 602 Duncan Adams, Craig Brown, Ryan Barnicoat 3 9 5 4 3 5 4 3 27
7 GBR 285 Dave Hitchcock, Ian Nicholson, Jamie Hitchcock 6 4 9 6 4 4 7 6 37
8 GBR 224 Dave & Dan Pitman, Innes McGowan, Kevin Oprey 8 7 6 5 10 dns dns dns 58
9 GBR 242 Chris Hyde, Martin Fidgeon, Sue Shaw 9 8 8 dnf 9 dnf 8 8 61
10 GBR 640 Paul Young, Tony Chapman, Edward Young dns dnf dns 9 8 dns dns dns 72



Day 3 – Another Difficult day on Lake Garda

The viper and K6 fleet were sent out on the regatta course despite the weather forecast, warning of possible thunder and rain.

After nearly two laps the race was once again abandoned in the drifting wind and imminent arrival of strong rain squalls and catabatic winds up to 50 knots which decimated the fleet for a short while.

Some damage was sustained to rigs and sails and It took most of the afternoon for all boats to be recovered safely to the harbour.


Day 2

A difficult day for competitors on Lake Garda.

Overcast sky and rain precluded the famous Ora wind developing on the lake. After some delay the Race Officer started the two fleets well down lake on the light northerly breeze but after just one round it was abandoned for both classes.

A new start area was established but the light breeze never settled or strengthened and the fleet were eventually all towed back to the harbour.

Another difficult day for the PRO is expected today (Wednesday) with rain and thunder forecast.


Day 1



Sail No.







AUS 217

Murray Howson, Chris O’Keefe, John Parks






AUS 280

Rob Berteaux, John Stubbs, Rupert Leslie 2 1 7 10.0


AUS 281

Keith Swinton, Bruce Mattison, Ben Marler, Arlyn Mattison






GBR 274

Lawrence Crispin, Hector Cisneros, Andy Leigh 1 6 4 11.0


AUS 279

Graeme Monkhouse, Heather Monkhouse, Nick Lewins, Robby Stout






GBR 602

Duncan Adams, Craig Brown, Ryan Barnicoat 3 9 5 17.0


GBR 285

Dave Hitchcock, Ian Nicholson, Jamie Hitchcock






GBR 224

David Pitman, Innes McGowan, Kevin Oprey, Danielle Pitman 8 7 6 21.0


GBR 242

Chris Hyde, Martin Fidgeon, Sue Shaw





Photos: Fausto Maroni


Jeff Grange, Jon Bell, and Jennifer Wesiman win Santa Barbara 2017 Skiff Festival Tue, 30 May 2017 20:40:52 +0000 Santa Barbara YC Skiff-Fest – May 20-21. 2017
Submitted by Geoff Fargo, Western Regional VP

SBYC and the local Viper fleet hosted the SoCal Vipers for its annual May rendezvous and this year the great breeze on both days meant this event delivered everything you could want for the perfect weekend of racing.  Seven races over the 2 days with winds mostly in the 10 to 15 knot range provided some great racing. Congratulations to Jeff Grange, with Jon Bell and Jen Weisman as crew, who sailed well all weekend for a well-earned win.

Here are some NOT fake facts about SBYC and Skiff-Fest (well almost all are NOT fake facts)

1.    You have to be named Jeff or Geoff or (Mc)Geoff to own a Viper at SBYC (yes – 3 of 3)
2.    Geoff F will always order a big enough keg to last until sunset
3.    Beers and BBQ on the beach after racing is the ultimate SoCal post-racing experience
4.    It is quicker on a Friday afternoon to fly-in from another state than to drive the 90 miles from Long Beach to SBYC
5.    There are plenty of cool hotels within walking distance of SBYC
6.    The Viper fleet will close-out the SBYC bar
7.    Jeff G. and crew will probably race well-enough to be able to skip the final race and return to the dock to prepare everyone’s trailers for the hoisting out.

SBYC really is the perfect venue and I hope to see more people there next year as those not making the effort are really missing out on something special.

Viper 640 Fleet

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 8, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank Fleet SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st Viper 640 149 SBYC Jeff Grange Jon Bell, Jennifer Wesiman 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 (9.0 DNS) 19.0 10.0
2nd Viper 640 174 SBYC Geoff Fargo Pat Toole, Spencer Steffen (4.0) 2.0 1.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 16.0 12.0
3rd Viper 640 64 VSC Todd Downey Adam Hamilton 3.0 4.0 (5.0) 3.0 3.0 5.0 1.0 24.0 19.0
4th Viper 640 192 ABYC Eric Chadwick Steve Bloemeke, Brad Thompson 2.0 5.0 4.0 (6.0) 4.0 4.0 3.0 28.0 22.0
5th Viper 640 223 Alamitos Bay YC Timothy Carter Nigel Brownett 6.0 6.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 (9.0 RET) 32.0 23.0
6th Viper 640 212 ABYC Craig Walker Dan Milefchik, Tony Chapman 5.0 3.0 6.0 5.0 (7.0) 7.0 4.0 37.0 30.0
7th Viper 640 243 ABYC Dom Simonetti Daniel Belton, Pete Riggs 7.0 7.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 (9.0 DNF) 50.0 41.0
8th Viper 640 187 Santa Barbara Yacht Club Geoff McFarland Duncan Shea, Payne Donaldson 8.0 8.0 7.0 (9.0 DNS) 8.0 8.0 9.0 DNF 57.0 48.0
Viper Sailor Pat Mauro Climbing Mt. Everest…right NOW! Wed, 10 May 2017 20:57:07 +0000  

Viper 640 Sailor, Pat Mauro, Climbing Mt. Everest…NOW!    And you can join the expedition. 

In 2010, Patrick Mauro joined Larchmont Yacht Club to sail Vanguard 15s and subsequently became part of the Viper 640 fleet at the Club. But Pat may not have been fully satisfied by racing sportboats, and he soon had a foiling Moth zooming around the harbor like, well, a moth. His thirst for adventure, only matched by his generous philanthropic efforts with City Harvest, are still expanding. On his bucket list are two more, non-sailing adventures — to become an astronaut (really!) and to climb Mt. Everest.

As you read this, Pat is in the process of climbing Everest. It is understandable that considerable physical and mental conditioning is required before attacking the tallest mountain in the world, and Pat has paid his dues climbing many “lesser” mountains over the past year. What may be the most interesting aspect for those following his ascent, however, is the manner in which he and his party are climbing Everest. It’s not a straight assault up the side of the hill, but rather a progression of mini-climbs between base camps moving supplies upward, crossing neighboring Lhoste mountain, and then tackling Everest itself.

Pat, as any good Thirty-something, is keeping the world apprised of his progress via his website and Facebook account. In fact, last Sunday evening he broadcast a Facebook Live episode that many of his LYC friends watched in real time. There’s nothing like texting a friend in the process of climbing the tallest mountain in the world…on the other side of the world…and having him answer your questions on camera while you are sitting in the comfort of your kitchen.

Viper sailors members are encouraged to follow Pat Mauro as he becomes the first Larchmont Yacht Club member to summit Mt. Everest.

His website:
His Facebook page:
His Instagram page:

Don’t be shy…send Pat a note of encouragement!

ANY other one-design class: Mike Drop!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tech Committee Approves Test Of Bow Roller Adaptations Wed, 10 May 2017 20:52:04 +0000 May 10, 2017

At the Worlds last November in Bermuda, many boats had to remove tubes or pipes attached to their headstays that can help launching and retrieving the spinnaker. While functional in reducing the loads on the spinnaker being pulled out of the launcher by the tack line or retrieved under the foot of the jib, the Class Rules did not permit these devices.

The TC is working on a rule change proposal on this issue for ratification at the October 2017 North Americans and is seeking ideas and input. Recognizing that these inexpensive adaptations may allow owners to sail their Viper more easily, and there is interest in identifying which devices work best, the TC and International Board have approved under Rule 10.13 “testing” of such devices on all Vipers through the end of September.  Rule 10.13 does not allow testing at North American championships.

A Class objective is to make performance sailing as easy and simple as possible. If there is a device out there that really works and makes the launch/dowse easier and helps avoids spinnaker rips….. let’s find it.

Experimental Rule 6.7b

  • Tubes and/or a ring may be installed near the spinnaker throat and on the forestay solely for the purpose of easing the hoisting and dowsing of the spinnaker provided that (i) there are no active bearings (ball or roller) and (ii) the device is easily removed.
  • After a period of experimentation, a proposed rule change will be developed that may mandate a single solution or may allow a range of solutions with certain size and location restraints Please ensure that any experimental device is easy to remove and inexpensive. If you think you have a particularly effective solution, please send a description to the Technical Committee (images are helpful) and feel free to share it on the Viper forums to build support for your solution. The objective is to get to a specific rule change proposal by mid-July to be voted on at the AGM.

Note: This experiment is effective immediately and is open to all Vipers until the end of September 2017. This precludes any such devices from being used at the 2017 North Americans.

Tim Carter, Nigel Brownett, and Jennifer Weisman Win 2017 Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:23:18 +0000 March 16-18, 2017

Reflections by Tim Carter

Aaah, Saint Patrick’s weekend, the promise of Hennessey’s, green beer, good breeze, and the flat water of San Diego’s south bay was calling us back. Is it that time again?? On the way from Long Beach to San Diego, Nigel Brownett and I recalled that the first time we raced Vipers against other Vipers was 10 years ago at this event. My how the experiences and the miles have added up.

The forecast did not have a lot of hope, 7-9 kts and cool overcast days were what the speculators said, and they were close. We ended up with a bit over 10 kts. and the skies burned off by noon mostly, although we had a fog line appear on the south side of the course each day that had a bit more pressure in it.

Nine Viper 640s were able to make the trip, we did have quite a bit of attrition due to several Viper sailors trying out their big boat sled chops on the way to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. (Hope they can get back in) 😉.

John Leyland’s Moistened Bint from Vancouver, BC.

Of the travelers, we had two down from Vancouver, BC, one from Post Falls, ID, new owner James Baurley from Marina Del Rey who purchased #26 from Texas (I miss you Bob), the always fast “Clown School” from Oxnard, and four of the ABYC regulars. No matter the conditions, I knew with this crowd there would be tight racing and late nights at the multiple pubs within stumbling distance.

We rigged Friday, and our third crewmember, Jennifer Weisman, made it down from Santa Barbara. We made an appearance at the weather talk and competitors’ briefing and then headed out to the race course. The venue was very typical with 20 degree shifts and more than a few holes that will suck the mojo off your Viper. One mile beats and twice around was the prescription for all weekend. Doing my usual greeting of my peeps, I noticed class secretary John Leyland’s crew seemed to have been juggled. I found out that his middle crew, Dave Phillips from Vancouver, was so taken aback by the prospect of seeing sunshine while rigging, he suffered a heart attack…  No Joke, a real one. Coronado YC and the EMS services did stellar duty and by 3pm he was out of the OR with a brand-new stent and looking for a beer. Never fear! Dave Reed, the editor of Sailing World, had nothing better to do so he came out and played with us.😊

Three races scheduled, we lined up and decided we wanted the pin.  WELL, I was a bit too early and flopped onto port with the intensions of ducking two boats. Well I succeeded in ducking 1½, OUCH!! I did my requisite 720 and decided to try to make up some self-induced damage, literally. No throw-outs for this dance… Our plan for the weekend was to just play the averages and sail fast and avoid major mistakes. We were in fourth at the final weather mark and decide to gybe away back to the right, found a great shift/header while the top pack floundered in light breeze on the left, and we crossed the line first. Races 2 & 3 saw Eric Chadwick come on strong with two bullets while we visited the left side and decided not to go there anymore. Eric, who was sailing with my long-time tactician Steve Bloemeke and Lido Rockstar Kevin Thomas, won the day. So, after sailing in and doing some ghetto repairs to my bow, St. Patrick was calling us to chase out the snakes. It all gets a bit foggy after that, but Saturday morning saw the Irish pub putting a large power washer in service to work on removing gastric “debris” from the deck.

Saturday saw the good Dr. Graves from Idaho sailing with his son Michael who is his usual crew and, for this event, Dr. Graves brought in a ringer, his wife who raced with him back in college and has decided that the Viper was the perfect platform to get her back into racing.  I won’t speculate how many years ago that was, but all the rust went away by first race. They carded 3 bullets that day while we were a consistent second. We pulled into first by 4 points and decided we needed to watch the good Dr. very carefully on Sunday. We then summoned an Uber to San Diego YC’s rum tent to try and pound the forehead on the flagpole. 😝

Sunday’s breeze and shifts were very similar, so after processing the previous two days we carded three bullets and secured the event.

This was my first win at a NOOD. I have been the bridesmaid three times in the past so I got this monkey off my back. I want to thank Nigel Brownett and Jennifer Weisman for their calm, soothing nature on the boat, and the wonderful sense of humor and great attitudes they bring along with them.

Also, I want to give a huge shout-out to all the Viper family who braved the alcohol and the 10 miles to the Mexican border.



SD NOOD – The Snake Pit

Peter Graves;s Viper visits the Grand Canyon on its way back to Idaho.

Geoff Ewenson, Skip Dieball, and Paul Abdullah win EFG Viper Pan-American Championship and Bacardi Miami Sailing Week Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:47:02 +0000 Sailed from March 9-11 as part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week Sponsored by EFG, the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship is the culmination of a year’s worth of qualifying regattas in Australia, Europe, and North America.

Depending upon where you finish in your top qualifier, skippers carry over into BMSW “qualifying points” that are added to their Miami final score. Those not sailing any qualifiers carry 9 points into Miami but Annapolis’ Ewenson’s dominant performance over the three days gave him 30 total points, enough margin to beat out Sarnia, OT’s Bill and Joanne Abbott sailing with Lee Shuckerow on Lee’s Jackpot who carried over only two points after the EFG Winter Cup for a total of 37 points. In third for the Pan-Ams was the Santa Barbara, CA’s Geoff Fargo, Jeff Grange, and Spencer Steffen who carried in only a single point (thanks to their third place finish in Bermuda) with a matching total of 37 points but losing to Abbott due to BMSW final as the tie breaker.

Geoff Ewenson, Skip Dieball, and Paul Abdullah setting their chute.

An indication of how Bacardi finishes can be turned on their heads for the Pan-Ams is the Mississippi’s trio of John and Schaffer Dane sailing with Dave Bolyard. Dane finished second for BMSW with 29 points but had to add 9 points to that total having missed sailing in all the qualifiers. Hey, that’s sailing.

Talking about sailing, these three days in Miami were great times to be on the water. The 22 Vipers didn’t experience the strong winds of previous BMSWs…let alone the heavy winds encountered earlier in the week for the EFG Winter Cup…but PRO “Judge” Judy Hanlon managed to get in 9 races over the three days. The sun was shining the entire time so it was finesse, light-to-moderate air sailing with lots of sun screen.


Geoff Ewenson started the regatta with a 1,1,4,1 scoreline on Thursday, on Friday he took the first heat but then raced his throwout (17) to come back Saturday with a 9,1,4 to end BMSW with a comfortable lead of 8 points over John Dane. That said, there is no “comfortable lead” over former Olympian John Dane who won only one race but sailed so consistently that his throwout was a 6!

Bill and Joanne Abbott with Lee Shuckerow to leeward

Rounding out the top four were Bill Abbott with 35 points and Geoff Fargo hot on his heels with 36 points. Abbott and Fargo won one race and were in the thick of the lead pack all regatta.










Photos by Cory Silken courtesy of STUDIOMILANO



Bacardi and Studio Milano did a great job with the overall regatta planning and host Coral Reef Yacht Club again rolled out the red carpet for the “snake boat” sailors. 

There is a full slate of Viper regattas coming up in the next few months so check the Viper website ( for the full schedule.

Here’s an extra photo: NA Class President Steve Chapman presenting EFG Winter Cup to Lawrence Crispin – his second consecutive win!

2017 Miami Viper Scorch — Two races wrapped around a meal Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:35:49 +0000 On Tuesday, March 7, the Viper fleet made its way to Key Biscayne’s Boater’s Grill in No Name Harbor for our annual Cuban luncheon. Six crews chose the traditional method of arriving at No Name Harbor…sailing…while others opted to drive. In all, 35 folks enjoyed the bright blue waters of the lagoon as they celebrated Viperdom.

The “first” race, started off the Coconut Grove channel by Scorch sponsor Brad Boston of Doyle Boston Sailmakers, was a loon port tack fetch in 10-14 knots of wind. A couple of short tacks at the end put you at the finish…the Boater’s Grill. Four points of note:

  1. Cole Constantineau sheered a rudder pintel just after the start and luckily Brad was in his rhib to return him safely to port…and carry them over to NNH.
  2. A clerical error the night before the Scorch, rum-induced obviously, led Matt Harden’s crew to the line at 1030 vs. the competitor’s meeting at 1030. He arrived “very early” at NNH but will be rewarded for that appropriately. More on Matt in #4.
  3. Viper #235 Jackpot, sailed by Bill and Joanne Abbott with Buttons Padin aboard, was the first boat started by Brad to make it to shore…winning the “official” Scorch.
  4. Then the wheels all came off: John Dane (who DROVE OVER@#$%^) convinced everyone tied to the seawall to have a LeMans start for a race home…with the first person finishing a beer at the Coral Reef Yacht Club Bar would win the return trip.
    1. “No, we’re NOT putting up spinnakers inside the lagoon and mooring field!” said many skippers and then….pop, pop, pop…all the chutes were set as the boats jibed out of the lagoon around the anchored boats.
    2. A brisk 12 knot wind propelled the boats back across the Bay with Jackpot again in the lead.
    3. Jackpot put into Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Buttons was sent to CRYC to meet John for the Beer…only to see Matt Harden running up the CRYC dock towards the bar. Buttons, in a gracious gesture, waited for Matt to get to the bar and they drank together…with Matt getting to the bottom a nanosecond ahead :see Chug Champ Video

Lawrence Crispin Repeats as EFG Winter Cup Champ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:13:44 +0000 March 6, 2017

Congratulations to Lawrence and Luka Crispin and Hector Cisneros for wining the EFG Winter Cup for the second consecutive year. After getting blown out yesterday (lots of puffs into the 30s) and a two hour delay today two races were run on Biscayne Bay.

Ireland’s Antony O’Leary took the first race but had his mainsail a tad too far out when a puff hit and he lost his rig.

Deb and Craig Wilusz took second and Nick Amendola finished in third.

Thanks to PRO Sharon Bourke from Coral Reef Yacht Club and her team for getting off the races. It was “sporty” on the Bay and, after a number of swimming episodes, the last race time approached and in went the fleet.

Photos soon!


Viper Miami 2017 Logistics Update Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:38:07 +0000 Here’s the latest skinny on Miami this coming week. You can download the document to print and have with you. You can also just continue reading.

Download: Viper Miami 2017 Logistics Update 1

The Viper 640 Class Association

Viper 640 Miami 2017 – Logistics Update #1

With Miami being a “destination” for many Viper sailors, there are lots of logistics to be managed during your stay. Hopefully, the following will update you on many aspects of the two upcoming Viper regattas and help you make this a great week of sailing on Biscayne Bay.

Included are:

  • Overall schedule
  • EFG Winter Cup update
  • Viper Miami Scorch update and sign-up link
  • Viper Class Dinner update and sign-up link
  • Bacardi Miami Sailing Week details

Overall Viper Miami Schedule

Saturday, March 3    Boats arrive at US Sailing Center Miami for set-up

Sunday, March 4      1200 – EFG Winter Cup competitors’ meeting at USSCM
1300 – First warning

Monday, March 5      1025 – First warning

Tuesday, March 6     1030 – Miami Scorch Start at the outermost channel markers
1200 – Miami Scorch Luncheon at Boater’s Grille in No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne

Wednesday, March 7 Lay Day – but boats must be in the water at Coral Reef YC by 1800
1530–1830 – BMSW Registration at Hospitality Village adjacent to the US Sailing Center as last year

Thursday, March 10 1055 – EFG-Pan-Am Championship/BMSW  Day 1 – First warning
1830 – Viper Class Dinner – Peacock Garden Café

Friday, March 11      1055 – EFG-Pan-Am Championship/BMSW Day 2 – First warning

Saturday, March 12  1055 – EFG-Pan-Am Championship BMSW Day 3 – First warning
1700 – Awards Ceremony



I will be at the US Sailing Center Saturday morning to help people scrambling to put together their Vipers. If you still haven’t paid your class dues by then, or if you need new sail buttons, THAT IS THE TIME to deal with these issues. Thanks.


I understand that not everyone sailing Bacardi will be in town for the Winter Cup; however, if you will be in Miami, this is a great tune-up regatta. There is still time to register HERE.  We currently have 11 boats signed-up and I know of at least four more that have yet to complete their registration. Please do so ASAP, please. And if you need a crew, let me know that, too.

Winter Cup SIs will be posted soon on YachtScoring HERE.

If you haven’t secured a trailer reservation at US Sailing Center, you can launch there an park your trailer per the document found HERE.

EFG Winter Cup Participants

Here is a list of participants in the EFG Winter Cup regatta. I will have a complete boat#/boat name/skipper/crew handout at the Competitors’ Meeting but there are still a lot of holes on the registration forms.  You can update your crew roster by sending me an e-mail with names to and I’ll add them to your registration. BTW, this will be a pretty good regatta with 15+ boats.

Registered skippers/crew/crew/crew – Blanks indicate registration gaps

  1. Anthony O’Leary
  2. David Prodger
  3. Dave Furna
  4. Eric White
  5. Craig and Deborah Wilusz
  6. Nick Amendola
  7. Bill Abbott
  8. Lawrence Crispin
  9. Bob Amthor and familia
  10. Steve Chapman
  11. Cole Constantineau

Miami Scorch – Tuesday, March 6 – Logistics Update


What’s the Miami Scorch, you ask? It’s a screaming reach across Biscayne Bay from Coconut Grove to No Name Harbor on Key Biscayne. This informal race from the mouth of the harbor and end by tying-up at the Boater’s Grille in the lovely, secluded No Name Harbor.  Bring fenders and dock lines!
Here’s the deal: We will meet at the US Sailing Center at 0945 to confirm start details and pass out charts. We will rendezvous at the outer buoy from the harbor and have our warning at 1030.  We will have an informal start with the countdown provided over the radio.  It’s a straight shot across the bay and charts will be available that morning showing where we are going.

You can also pay cash at the luncheon (+$2), but I’ll still need your headcount and prepaying will make everyone’s (read between the lines…”my”) Scorch more fun.  Cash bar for all drinks.We need to confirm headcount by Friday so I’ll need you to register HERE input by the Saturday, March 4. PLEASE click on this link and give me your best guess of the size of your party including those driving as well as sailing.

If you or part of your group doesn’t want to sail across the Bay, the Boater’s Grille can be reached by car, too.


Craig and Deb Wilusz from Gulf Performance Sailing have a truck full of gear and parts in Miami for BMSW with all manner of Viper parts and gear if you need any replacements. They usually bring a range of Viper-specific parts as well as line for replacement sheets or halyards, and the standard blocks, cleats, etc. If you need something, give Craig a call at (850) 797-2933 or e-mail him at

Steve Chapman again has planned for a wonderful Class dinner Thursday night at Peacock Garden Café, 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. With over 100 of your closest Viper friends (ok, competitors) coming, it will be a night to be remembered throughout all of Viperdom. With a little help from our wonderful sponsor, EFG, we will be treated to a sumptuous 3-course meal for $50 per person including tax and tip. Viper fans and family welcome. After dinner the results from the EFG Winter Cup will be reported and prizes awarded.

To help us manage the Peacock Garden’s expectations, if you haven’t already registered, click HERE.

EFG Pan-Am Champs / Bacardi Miami Sailing Week

Last year the hospitality village was adjacent to the US Sailing Center so it was very convenient. This year, however, the village will be further south beyond Shake-a-leg and by City Hall at the new Regatta park.  Registration and all evening hospitality will be at that location.

Vipers, however, will be in the water by 1600 Wednesday night and docked at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Your friendly Class Administrator went to the mat with the organizers about more dock space at CRYC and not having the Stars take our spaces as they await their turn to haul. That being said, BRING BUMPERS FOR DOCKING!!!

The OA has promised me we will have both sides of the floating pier (usually the inside had been RC boats) and that they will have someone at CRYC to get the Stars out of the water faster so they aren’t sitting there when we come in.  If you find this year’s situation better than in past years, you can express your deep and sincere gratitude in the form of a pina colada at the CRYC bar!


Don’t leave anything in your cars while parked outside the US Sailing Center or elsewhere.  If you do, you’ll arrive home from sailing to find your windows smashed in and your goodies gone. Last year Lawrence Crispin learned this lesson the hard way. Nuff said.


If it’s not too late, bring your country’s flag, your state’s flag, your home club’s burgee and fly it from your masthead while ashore. Let’s dress-up Miami a bit.

Questions, comments, suggestions. Let me know. Otherwise PLEASE RSVP the Scorch and Class Dinner ASAP.

See you where it’s warm,