The Viper 640 is a high-performance one-design sport boat. At 21 feet long and only 748 lbs, it combines the stiffness of a keelboat with the acceleration and planing abilities of a dinghy. The design mandate was "Simple, Clean and Effective". The Viper has a precise and exhilarating feel on the helm, a spacious cockpit for 3 people, strict one-design class rules and ease of launching by ramp or hoist.
Buying a Viper 640 is easy! Our sole Class approved builder, Rondar Raceboats, has reps covering all of North America. They're all enthusiastic Viper owners who are here to help introduce you to the Viper with a demo sail and guide you through the process of buying your own Viper 640. CLICK HERE to locate and contact the rep nearest you!
Long Beach Race Week was the first regatta in the EFG Pan Am qualifying series. A full recap with photos will appear here in a couple of days, but in the meantime, check out the brand new EFG Pan American Championship blog for updates.
"After three days of racing, the top three boats were only separated by one point. This was easily the closest racing in a major Viper regatta that anyone can remember......."
For more information about LBRW's Pan Am scores and further information about the EFG Pan American Championship, please go to dedicated Pan American page : http://viper640.org/efgpanam/
At the beginning of June, the West Coasts Vipers rallied for Cal Race Week in Marina Del Rey. Once again, the Vipers lead the charge of largest one design start with 11 boats on the line. New to the class, but definitely not new to sailing, rockstars Kevin Taugher, Mike Pentecost and Garrett Brown dominated with 3 bullets, one 2nd and one 3rd. Team BITUSA and FNG couldn't let team Hot Mess have all of the fun, each finishing with 1 bullet for the weekend. There were also a couple boats that traveled 5+ hours to compete: Reid Smythe (proud new viper owner from MPYC) and Steve Brown (have boat will travel from AYC).
Final results posted here.
If you've been to the major east coast Viper regattas over the past year, you may have noticed a shadowy character chain smoking in the drysail area, doing his best to close down every regatta party, and trying to soak up every bit of Viper knowledge and trivia the fleet is willing to share. That'd be Paul Zinger, certified sailing addict. Despite having been coached by some of the greatest sailors of his generation in junior sailing and college, he can often be found where the trouble is, both on and off the racecourse. The Man They Call Zinger doesn't even own a Viper, using his New York City street savvy to beg, borrow, and burglar other people's Vipers for the past season, skippering several major class events. How does he do it? And will he steal your boat next, or your tires? Let's find out.