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  • Vipers @ Fraglia vela Riva, Italy June 27, 2017   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 ... ...read more
  • Looking Ahead – Comments from Viper Int’l Chair November 30, 2016 At the Class AGM in Bermuda, the members approved the International Class Constitution which created an International Board of Governors (The International Board). We asked the newly elected Chairman of the International Board to write a few lines describing the role of the International Board and their priorities for the next twelve months. Justin Scott wrote: First of all, let me explain who is on the board. The Class consists of three regions; North America, Australasia, UK and Europe. Each region has its own regional Class President and its own regional Executive Committee. The International Board consists of the three Class Presidents plus an elected Chairperson, an elected International Technical Committee Chair and three elected governors, one of who is serving as International Treasurer. Thus the current International Board consists of:- Steve Chapman – Class President of North America Ian Nicholson  – Class President of UK ... ...read more
  • New Viper 640 Class Officers Elected At AGM November 28, 2016 Through the combination of online and in-person voting, a Constitutional Quorum of over 100 Owner Members cast ballots for new Class officers to serve two-year terms (2017-2018). The new slate of officers is: North American Region President – Steve Chapman Secretary – John Leyand Treasurer – Tony Chapman Northeast – Peter Beardsley Southeast – Travis Yates West – Geoff Fargo Great Lakes – Darren Gilbert European Region Europe Pres – Ian Nicholson Europe Secretary – David Pittman Australasia Region Australasia Pres – Graeme Monkhouse Australasia VP – Mark Griffin Australasia Secretary – John Park Australasia Tech Comm. Rep – Rod Beurteaux International Board (includes three Regional Presidents) International Board Chair – Justin Scott Int’l Gov. – Tony Chapman Tech Comm. Chair – Dave Nickerson Int’l Gov – Tim Carter Int’l Gov – Kay VanValkenburgh ...read more
  • All Rules Change Proposals And International Constitution Accepted at 2016 AGM November 28, 2016 At the 2016 Viper 640 Class Association’s 2016 Annual General Meeting held November 17, in Bermuda, the Class voted on four specific changes to the Class Rules as well as voting on acceptance of an International Constitution. Over 100 votes were cast on each issue which represents a 50% quorum of Owner Members required for passage. The specific new rules follows: 1) Hiking Lines – Amends Rule 8.3 in the Equipment and Fittings Section – Passed with 96% approving The new rule will allow hiking lines to be attached the hiking straps and to the hiking strap eyes on the cockpit floor. The change allows a more direct line of support to the person hiking and can help pull the strap up so feet can get under more easily. It also better accommodates the needs of teams sailing 4-up. Effective March 1, 2017 2) GYA ... ...read more
  • Zeke Horowitz, Ian Coleman, and Brendan Healey Win Aspen Viper 640 International Championship sponsored by EFG November 20, 2016 Sunday, November 20, 2016 When it was decided that the Viper 640 sports boats would travel to Bermuda during November 2016 for its major regatta, everyone was looking forward to the big winds that prevail on the Great Sound at that time of year. Unfortunately on two of the days too much wind prevailed. The 4-day event, the Aspen Viper 640 International Championship sponsored by EFG, was held from Wednesday – Saturday, November 16-19, in conjunction with the 2016 North American Championship. The regatta came down to only six races over two days of sailing. As was the case on Thursday’s second day of the event when 25+ knot westerly winds with puffs well into the 30’s kept the racers ashore, the final day’s racing also had to be cancelled as the low hovering around Bermuda brought winds well in excess ... ...read more
  • Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone win EFG Viper 640 International Championship Warm-up Regatta November 14, 2016   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 ... ...read more
  • Dates for 2017 Viper 640 North Americans Announced October 3, 2016 October 25-28, 2017 Ft Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton Beach, FL Mark your calendars now… The Ft. Walton Yacht Club will be hosting the 2017 NAs on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Craig and Deb Wilusz are working on all the details and will post the NoR shortly. Got any ideas for NA sponsors??? Contact Craig at contact@gulfperformancesailing.com. ...read more
  • K6 and Viper National Championships 2016 July 29, 2016 Entries, payments and extras can now be made at – https://rlymyc.org.uk/OnTheWater/Racing/Racing_Events/K6_ViperNationals/OnlineEntry/Payment.aspx Thursday 15, Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September ...read more
  • VIPER 640 CLASS ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA February 23, 2016 February 24, 2016 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the design of the Viper 640 and the 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the Class Association. The Class is now a truly international class with Viper 640 fleets active in seven nations across three continents. The Class Association is celebrating these milestones by hosting the first Viper 640 International Championship, with sailors competing for a prestigious new trophy open to Viper teams from around the world. The International Championship will be hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club on Bermuda’s Great Sound November 16-19, 2016, preceded by a warm-up regatta November 13-14. There are over 50 Viper 640s already registered for the International Championship, with representative teams coming from North America, Europe and Australia, and it is anticipated this number will grow in the ... ...read more
  • 2015 K6 & Viper 640 UK Championships September 25, 2015 Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club the Viper three day event was held in a wide range of testing weather conditions around Torbay, alongside the K6 Class Championships. Five boats competed for this first UK Championship, since the launch of the Rondar version in the UK during 2014. There has been growth of the class following the Miami regatta in March and the first European regatta held earlier this year at Lake Garda, Italy, an event shared with the ever popular K6 Class. After close sailing, the overall winner was Julian Cook in “Oh No” with runner up David Pitman sailing “Black Adder”. The UK Viper fleet is now preparing for their next European event at Cork Week 10-15th July 2016. Congratulations also goes to Lawrence Crispin and his crew, who sailed “Bubbles” to win the 2015 K6 UK Championship! For more information please visit: www.rondarboats.com/viper www.viper640.org www.rondarboats.com/k6 www.k6class.org Championship Images ... ...read more
  • Duncan Adams, Chris Brown, Liam Green, and Ryan Bernicoat Win Inaugural Viper 640 European Championship July 7, 2015 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 for the Euro Cup hosted by the Italian yacht club, Fraglia Vela Riva between June 22 and 26. This event without a shadow of doubt enters the bucket list of international Viper events that every Viper owner should try and do at least once in their lifetime. The sailing is “magnificent.”  It is sailing that simply does not exist anywhere else in the world. Typically the lake is calm in the morning but, by midday, the high plains to the north of Garda have heated up and convection ... ...read more
  • Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Nick Loundsbury Win EFG Viper 640 Pan American Championship March 11, 2015 Viper veterans Brad Boston and Lee Shuckerow, joined by new teammate Nick Loundsbury, won a hard-fought Bacardi Miami Sailing Week and EFG Viper 640 Pan-American Championship.  The defending North American champs avenged last year’s one point loss, though it didn’t come easy, with the overall regatta leader changing three times among three different teams in the final three races. Heading into Saturday, Boston’s Jackpot held a narrow one-point lead over the second and third place teams, led by former Finn ace and US National Team member Geoff Ewenson aboard Terminally Pretty, and British international qualifier and multi-class champion Lawrence Crispin and crew.  Former Class President Peter Beardsley’s scrappy Ghost Panda squad sat fourth, only two points off the podium.  Saturday’s first race saw a light NNW breeze that died to less than 5 knots as the race went on, with the ... ...read more
  • Three Podium Spots, Three Different Flags at the EFG Winter Cup March 2, 2015 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 were over early in the penultimate race, but scored four seconds to edge Lawrence Crispin’s team from England by two points.  Racing was extremely close, as third and fourth were only a single point out of second, with Ireland’s Anthony O’Leary beating Peter Bauer’s Wild Hogs team on a tiebreaker. Crispin won the first race of the day in an 8-12 knot easterly with plenty of oscillations.  Bauer took the second race, and when Kempe struggled to an 11th after being over early and O’Leary’s Day 1 ... ...read more
  • Early Start for Viper 640 – 2015 Season February 25, 2015 Viper 640The Viper season kicks off in March with the EFG Barcardi Regatta, whilst UK sailors are still in the midst of cold weather. Miami offers warm sunshine and perfect sailing conditions for the 34 boats that have already entered! The four day International Regatta is preceded by three days of pure Viper racing. This year four sponsored UK teams are participating in Miami with boats supplied via the EFG driven sponsorship programme. In Europe, Viper sailors are all signing up for the first International Regatta,  to be held on Lake Garda in June. Already the Class has entries from Australia, USA, Canada and of course the UK. Other European entries have also expressed interest in racing at this great venue. Plans are also advanced for a UK National Championship to be held in conjunction with the K6 Class in September. ...read more