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  • Video Links to Beacon Group Viper 640 North American Championship October 31, 2017 Petey Crawford from Penalty Box did some sterling work with his camera during the NAs. Here are links to some of his video updates.  Enjoy! Arrival & warm-up: https://www.facebook.com/brian.johansen.121/videos/10213529453723274/ Day 1: https://vimeo.com/239988904 Day 2: https://vimeo.com/240156415 Day 3: https://vimeo.com/240284198     ...read more
  • Marcus Eagan Wins 2017 Viper 640 North American Championship October 30, 2017 Ft. Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton, FL October 27, 2017 After three days of close, competitive racing, Charleston, SC, sailors Tom Loutrel, John Bowden and Karl Schutte held a fragile eight point lead in the fifty-four boat fleet having finished in the top four for all except one of the preceding nine races. The top four boats at that point were separated by only 13 points in a fleet that kept turning itself inside out. Loutrel held the lead throughout the first three days and credited his success to having stayed in the pressure and in phase as the winds had osculated unpredictably. Going into Saturday’s final two races, only 13 points separated the top four teams: Loutrel; Marcus Eagan in second, sailing for Mississippi’s Bay Waveland Yacht Club with his brother Andrew and Jackson Benvenutti; Brad Boston from Sarnia, ON, sailing with ... ...read more
  • Wet And Wild Day Three At Beacon Group Viper 640 North Americans October 27, 2017 Ft. Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton, FL October 27, 2017   After a light-air Day Two that saw only one race completed, Friday’s Day Three of the Beacon Group Viper 640 North American Championship found the wind gods smiling on the sailors. Winds from the southeast averaged in the mid-teens for most of the day with the fourth and final race of the day seeing gusts approaching 25 knots. After nine races, Tom Loutrel has held onto his Day Two lead with another solid performance scoring 4-4-3-3. So far in the Championship, Loutrel, from Charleston, SC, sailing with John Bowden and Karl Schutte, has finished in the top four for eight of nine races…a remarkably consistent scoreline. Loutrel now holds an eight point lead over Marcus Eagan (Mississippi’s Bay Waveland Yacht Club sailing with his brother Andrew and Jackson Benvenutti) who moved into second ... ...read more
  • Light and Tricky Second Day of Viper 640 North Americans October 26, 2017 October 26, 2017    Sailboat racing is hard.  Anyone who is a sailboat racer will agree with that comment 110%. OK, but running a major regatta—like the 2017 Beacon Group Viper 640 North American Championship AND sailing in it, is even harder. Being an event chair for the largest regatta in your class’s history and pulling out a great race in tough conditions is a monumental event. And that’s what Craig and Deb Wilusz from the host Ft. Walton (FL) Yacht Club did in the only race that was run on Day Two of the event. Sailing together, the Wilusz team, sailing with Canadian Paul Currie, put themselves ahead of almost all the competitors in a race that can be described as light, shifty, current affected, puffy, challenging, trying, and a lot of fun, placing fifth in the 54-boat fleet. When asked about ... ...read more
  • Viper North American AGM 10/26/17 at NAs October 17, 2017 NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS Of the North American Viper 640 Class NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the North American Viper 640 Class(the “Class”) is called for and will be held at the Fort Walton Yacht Club,180 Ferry Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on the 26th day of October, 2017, at the hour of8:00 pm (CST)for the following purposes: 1. Carry out a Roll Call of Fleets and receive the Minutes of the last meeting 2. To receive the reports of the Executive Committee Presidents Report Regional VP’s Reports (Great Lakes, North-East, South and West) Treasurer’s Report Report from the Technical Committee 3. Discussion on Class Dues 4. To carry outany other business as may properly be brought before the meeting. Note as the term of the current Executive is 2 years there are no elections of officers to be held in 2017. On behalf ... ...read more
  • Viper Sailor Patrick Mauro Summits Mt. Everest! July 26, 2017 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. 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 ... ...read more
  • Jeff Grange, Jon Bell, and Jennifer Wesiman win Santa Barbara 2017 Skiff Festival May 30, 2017 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 ... ...read more
  • Viper Sailor Pat Mauro Climbing Mt. Everest…right NOW! May 10, 2017   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 ... ...read more
  • Tech Committee Approves Test Of Bow Roller Adaptations May 10, 2017 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 ... ...read more
  • Tim Carter, Nigel Brownett, and Jennifer Weisman Win 2017 Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD March 24, 2017 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 ... ...read more
  • Geoff Ewenson, Skip Dieball, and Paul Abdullah win EFG Viper Pan-American Championship and Bacardi Miami Sailing Week March 12, 2017 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 ... ...read more
  • 2017 Miami Viper Scorch — Two races wrapped around a meal March 8, 2017 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: 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. A clerical error the night before the Scorch, rum-induced obviously, led ... ...read more
  • Lawrence Crispin Repeats as EFG Winter Cup Champ March 8, 2017 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! Results ...read more
  • Jeff Grange Buckled Down to Win Arizona Yacht Club’s 2017 Leukemia Cup Regatta February 22, 2017 February 19, 2017 Rain and strong wind mark Arizona Yacht Club’s 2017 Leukemia Cup-Birthday Regatta sailed March 17-19: Friday: Gorgeous. Saturday: Not so much. Sunday: Better, but who needs cold and rainy? Obviously the weather gods hadn’t read the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s tourism brochure that called for balmy, warm, and sunny days with light to moderate winds. As the California coast was getting blasted with weather, Arizona experienced the outcroppings of those western storms with winds as high as 20 knots at times and rain. Did someone mentioned that it rained…and was cold? Whatever! It was still a great weekend of Viper racing with good competition, fun shore side activities, and the traditional great Viper sailor camaraderie. When it was over, Jeff Grange, racing Venom with his wife Caroline and fellow Santa Barbara sailor Mike Cooney, had mowed down the Viper competition: his ... ...read more