November 14, 2016

For Immediate Release

Hamilton, Bermuda

Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone win EFG Viper 640 International Championship Warm-up Regatta



Cardwell Potts, sailing with his wife Jennifer, Ted Ferrarone, and Kendra Emhiser, a quartet of Viper 640 sailors from Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club won the Viper 640 International Championship Warm-up Regatta in commanding fashion with a line score of 1-2-1-3-2 over five races for a total of nine points. That performance gave the Potts/Ferrarone team a 23-point lead over another Larchmont Yacht Club team comprised of Peter and Rachel Beardsley with Jay and Rachel Rhame. Viper Class Governor Justin Scott (Darien, CT) was in third with 36 points followed by Zeke Horowitz (Annapolis, MD). Several teams opted to sit the last race out in building breeze and with several days of sailing to go and plenty of beaches to see.
> Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and sailed on Bermuda’s Great Sound Sunday, November 13 and Monday, November 14, this two-day regatta was the warm-up for the Aspen Viper 640 International Championship sponsored by EFG that will be raced on the same waters Wednesday, November 16-Saturday, November 19.

26 Vipers competed in the Warm-up with the fleet expanding to 42 Vipers for the International Championship. In anticipation of the Viper Class ratifying the recent World Sailing vote accepting the Viper as an international class, the International Championship will be run as if it were a World Championship, with an International Race Officer and an International Jury. PRO and International Race Officer Hank Stuart and International Judge Bob Duffy will be managing the regatta for the two clubs.

Bermuda is a beautiful place to sail, especially in the middle of November when everyone at home has already put away their boats,” said PRO Stuart, “and it’s nice to have such a large turnout of Vipers down here in Bermuda.”

Cardwell Potts noted, “The conditions were ideal for our 4-up crew. After doing well in the 2015 North Americans in our home waters, we’re excited to compete here in Bermuda for both the 2016 North Americans but also the first International Championship.”

Two races were run Sunday and three on Monday, all in a predominantly northeast wind with flat seas and breezes in the 12-15 knot range. Champagne sailing by anyone’s definition.
Tuesday is a layday between the two regattas and the 140 Viper sailors will be spending their time fine-tuning their sportboats and enjoying the hospitality and beauty of Bermuda.

Full results available HERE.

Tuesday is a layday between the two regattas and the two hundred Viper sailors will be spending their time fine-tuning their sportboats and enjoying the hospitality and beauty of Bermuda.

Follow the Aspen Viper 640 International Championship with real-time on-the-water updates on Facebook at and daily recaps on the Viper 640 website

Contact:  Edward Padin, Viper 640 Class Administrator,

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About EFG International

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EFG International has been the primary supporting sponsor of the Viper 640 Class since 2011. Every year, Viper sailors around the world competing in quailifying events leading up to the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship sailed each March in Miami, FL, as part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG.

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About the Viper 640 Class Association

About the Viper 640

The Viper 640 is a high-performance one-design sport boat. At 21 ft (6.40 m) and only 750 lb. (340 kg) it combines the stiffness of a keelboat with the acceleration and planing abilities of a dinghy. The Viper has a precise and exhilarating feel on the helm, a spacious cockpit for three or more people, strict one-design class rules, and ease of launching by ramp or hoist. With fleets and regattas around the world, there is certainly Viper racing near you.

For more information contact Viper 640 Class Association Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin ( or Rondar Raceboats’ Dan Tucker ( For more information about the Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG contact event chair Doug De Couto ( or Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Somers Kempe (