Marblehead Viper Fleet

The Marblehead Fleet is where the Viper 640 flame was kept alive, nourished and revitalized in 2005, when the Class Association was reformed during a meeting at the world famous Maddies’ Sail Loft.

The Marblehead fleet hosted the Viper 640 North American Championships in 2006, 2007, 2008 and the 2012 North American Championships. We are also also hosting a stop on the Northeast Regional Circuit, during Marblehead Race Week/NOOD, in July 2015.

We are actively seeking to grow the Marblehead fleet, both in boat owners and crew, and invite anyone interested in sailing with us to come and try a Viper. Our Fleet Captain Brian Barmmer and all the Marblehead Viper sailors welcome you to come sailing with us, on the hottest boat in Marblehead Harbor!

Weekly Saturday racing takes place Memorial day through the end of September and is organized by the Marblehead Racing Association.

Marblehead Viper Racing Facebook Page contains the latest information – check here for racing updates, post crew requests or to inquire about joining the fleet.

News


  • 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
  • MOISE SOLOMON, DAVE NICKERSON, AND SARAH ENRIGHT WIN 2014 VIPER NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP August 13, 2014 The Viper 640 Class New England Championship was sailed over three days during the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta sponsored by Sailing World. A total of nine races were sailed but the final results would not be determined until the very last race. Friday’s racing was delayed over an hour due to lack of wind. When it did fill-in from the south, the Vipers were able to get in three races for the day. In each race, Marblehead native and now Charleston, South Carolina resident Viper sailor Tom Loutrel, sailing with John Bowden and Karl Schutte aboard Viper 221 Choppy Seas, took the gun in light air races sailed over sometimes choppy seas. Following Loutrel in second for all three races were co-skippers Moise Solomon and Dave Nickerson sailing with sister Sarah Enright. This pair of boats would set the ... ...read more
  • Twenty One Vipers at Marblehead Race Week July 27, 2009 Written by Justin Scott Marblehead Race Week is the “homecoming” regatta of  the Viper circuit. The class association was born in the upstairs bar at Maddys sail loft in Marblehead five years ago and that gathering of the original half dozen early Viper owners has grown into a national class of well over 100 boats. Marblehead Race Week is where we invite local North East Vipers and Vipers from around the country to come back to Marblehead, enjoy a dinner at Maddys on Thursday evening, have some fun sailing for three days off Tinkers Ledge and see where it all started. It is a rendez vous regatta, with the emphasis as much on catching up with friends as it is on the typicaly close and tactical racing. What is not to love about this charming New England Town in July, with its narrow winding streets ... ...read more
  • Record Attendance at Viper 640 North American Championships – Justin Scott July 29, 2008 Written by Marblehead Viper Fleet Twenty six Vipers raced in the Viper 640 North American championships in Marblehead that finished on Sunday. The number of competitors has increased by 45% for two consecutive years mirroring the growth of interest in this modern 21 foot sportsboat. The Class Association has grown from a mere 20 boats 2 1/2 years ago to 100 boats in North America today. What makes this growth particularly interesting is that it occurred without the extensive marketing and promotion that is usually associated with the launch of one-design sportsboat classes. The Viper class pursued a different formula. “It was back to the future” says Justin Scott, Viper 640 Class Association president. “The great classes of yore like the Lightening and the Etchells and the Star were not launched with a large marketing campaign and expensive advertising budgets, They were beautifully designed, well built boats ... ...read more
  • 2008 North Americans – Online Replays July 25, 2008 Day one of the 2008 Viper 640 North American Championship/Marblehead NOOD is now in the record books, and we now have animated replays of the races available for online viewing. After a cancellation of all racing on Thursday due to dangerous weather in the area, Friday was warm, sunny, and provided sufficient breeze to get two light air races in. In order to enable interactive replays of the racing during our North American Championship, 12 of the 26 participating boats are carrying Velocitek SC-1 GPS sailing computers during the regatta, and we will be posting interactive replays to the web for your viewing pleasure. Replays for races 1 & 2 are already available on our Interactive Replays page, and you can check back every night for replays of that day’s racing. Click here to view online replays ...read more