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  • Lake Garda Euro Cup – Snow in June July 2, 2013 The European qualifier for the EFG Pan American Championship was completed on Lake Garda this weekend.  Pictures and news on the Pan American page here: http://viper640.org/efgpanam/ + more pictures from LBRW. ...read more
  • Long Beach Race Week 2013 July 1, 2013 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/ ...read more
  • The Other CRW: Cal Race Week 2013 June 23, 2013 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. ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Paul Zinger June 21, 2013 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, ... ...read more
  • EFG Revamps Viper Pan American Championship Sponsorship June 13, 2013 Viper Pan American Championship The Viper 640 Class Association is thrilled to announce that EFG International has renewed its partnership with the class to revamp the Viper Pan American Championship for 2013-2014. The key changes are to the regattas, sponsors and scoring system.  Miami 2014 is now a “winner-take-all” event.  You can “qualify” for Miami by doing one of several pre-championship qualifiers, including the EFG Cup just a couple of days before Miami Sailing Week. Other qualifiers include: – Long Beach Race Week (June 28-30, Alamitos Bay YC) – Newport Regatta / Viper ACCs (July 13-14, Newport, RI) – Cowes Week (England – top sportboat division finisher gets a free Viper charter in Miami) – Lake Garda K6 European Championship (June 24-28) – Canadian Viper Nationals (CORK – Kingston, Ontario Aug. 23-25) – Viper North Americans (Houston YC Oct. 9-12) – Soto 40 South American Championship (TBA) – Australian National Championship (TBA) – EFG ... ...read more
  • Vipers Streak Chicago NOOD June 13, 2013 The Great Lakes Viper Fleet invaded the Chicago Noods this year for the first time in class history.  Local boat owners Nick Kofski (#55) and Anthony Bowker (#194) were joined by five boats traveling to Chicago (#29, #41, #43, & #57) as the class sailed out of friendly Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club and shared the race circle with a bunch of Rhodes 19s. Also in attendance was Dan Tucker from Rondar Raceboats USA, who came down to race with rookie Doug Hennessy.  Dan was busy on Friday taking out potential owners and promoting the fleet (Thanks again!).  On shore the others got together, shared some Goose Island beers (Thanks to Anthony), and shared tips and tricks while rigging up for the weekend.  The first day of racing saw light to moderate breeze.  Both the Rhodes and Vipers were postponed until ... ...read more
  • The “New” New Englands June 4, 2013 While the New England region has always technically included Connecticut, when the Viper fleet thinks “New England”, they usually think first of the Newport Bridge and drinking on the wharves, or late nights at Maddie’s Sail Loft in Marblehead after a day of sailing on the Tinker’s Line.  In 2013, the class asked everyone to travel into the southwest corner of the region to Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT, one of the best one-design clubs in the country, and home to a growing one-design regatta in early June.  Throw in the desire of a couple of CPYC members to get Vipers, and making Cedar Point the site of this year’s New England Championship became a no brainer.  Good decision too. Cedar Point is like the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club of the northeast, or the Severn Sailing Association of Connecticut.  It’s ... ...read more
  • Memorial Day Madness May 28, 2013 Memorial Day is traditionally the kickoff to the northeast sailing season, but Mother Nature did not cooperate in 2013, bringing big winds of 25+ knots with gusts into the 40s, canceling racing for 14 Vipers at the Larchmont Memorial Day Regatta and for the Marblehead Viper fleet.  The West Coast Vipers continued to remind everyone how most of us live in the wrong part of the country by having seven races in the typical Long Beach Chamber of Commerce conditions.  Teams from host Alamitos Bay YC owned the top of the scoreboard, with Ed Feo’s Locomotion team coming out on top. In the meantime, the Western Long Island Sound Vipers decided to turn their lemons into lemonade.  First, there was the requisite Saturday night BBQ, hosted by Peter & Carol Bauer.  While huddled around the keg in the garage, people started ... ...read more
  • Familiar Faces; College Sweethearts; Greased Lightning; and Other Tall Tales from the Low Country April 25, 2013 There’s something about sailing in Charleston that causes Viperers to wax poetic.  Not that Class Governor Justin Scott needed an excuse to put pen to paper, but now that the chicken and waffles have been digested and the carrier pigeon received with an article tied to its leg, we’re ready to publish.  Enjoy.  Familiar Faces Charleston Race Week was close, very close. Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Eric Vigrass were not allowed to relax and celebrate until the last races were abandoned, but once again our favorite “homeboyz” from Detroit and Sarnia took home the Charleston Race Week championship. Only four points separated the top three boats. Brad admitted that “It was tough out there,” and commented, “Everyone in the fleet is getting better and better. There are no easy clear lanes on the Viper course. It’s all about hitting singles and staying consistent.”   College Sweethearts Whenever ... ...read more
  • Charleston Race Week: Yeah, That Happened April 22, 2013 No one will forget the 2013 edition of Charleston Race Week any time soon.  The new Jackpot won, and hit 22.3 knots in the process?  Don’t believe it?  They won   And Sunday was barely a good day to be in a water ballasted ocean racer.  But still, there were 8 races over the course of the two days that were sailable, lots of boats, nearly 30 Vipers, and countless Dark & Stormies on the beach.  In ... ...read more
  • The Girls Rally for the San Diego NOOD March 22, 2013 My Viper adventure began with a cryptic email message from Tim Carter earlier this month: “Just heard that one of the KHYC Vipers may be available to use for SD NOODs… March 15-17…   you would make 12… come on out girls, the water is fine…….:)” I responded “Are you kidding me?  You want me to pull together a girls team for a boat I have never sailed on, and the regatta is less than 15 days away? I’ll make a few calls but no promises.” I thought this would be the end of it, another failed attempt by Tim to get me off my Martin 242 and on to a Viper. He knows I’m all about getting girls out on the water so he hit my weak spot.  As promised I made a few calls, not expecting much on such ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Jeff Jones March 21, 2013 So many people have requested that the Viper class profile Jeff Jones that we couldn’t ignore it any longer.  It’s very possible that Jeff is the most prolific Viper owner in class history, having owned four boats and restored several others for the benefit of the Texas Viper fleet.  As a true Texan, he is a larger than life character — the first one to rig and launch on days when weaker hearted (and weaker livered) sailors stay ashore, starting post race parties where none existed, and antagonizing past class presidents on a variety of internet message boards.   The Viper class is a larger and more interesting place to sail thanks to Mr. Jones, but for the newbies on the coasts, you may not yet know this wily coyote.  So here we go… Name: Jeff Jones Location: Belton, Texas (a small town ... ...read more
  • Strutting Around NOOD March 18, 2013 Congratulations are in order to Team F.N.G., USA 148, for schooling the 14-boat Viper fleet at the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD this past weekend—racking up a mere 14 points over nine races. With a picket fence scoreline only interrupted by one score of “two,” and two scores of “three,” they dominated the fleet.  Team F.N.G. was made up of owner and skipper Dr. Jim Sears and long-time Viper rock star crew Rachel Ellis and Sarah Hester.  A name change is in order, and the F’in New Guy will now be known as the “Fantastic NOOD Girls.” Not only did F.N.G. dominate the Viper Class, but the Viper Class dominated the regatta! Vipers tied with the J/105s as the largest Class in the event. With the Js getting in only four races, team F.N.G.’s impressive win scored them the overall San ... ...read more
  • Jackpot Wins 2013 Miami Sailing Week March 11, 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, presented by EFG Bank ended in style on Saturday, with the Jackpot team of Brad Boston, Eric Vigrass and Shannon Bush emerging from a five-boat pile-up in the standings to take the title.  Going into the final day, the top five teams were separated by only five points, and each brought their game faces in the teeth of freshening, shifty breeze.  In the first race, Boston’s team took the bullet, moving them into the lead by two points over Glyn Locke’s Fer de Lance team, with Phil and Wendy Lotz two more points behind in the third spot.  Jason Carroll’s Argo team sailed its drop race, and Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem team added an eighth, which they could ill afford after a 16th in Thursday’s only race.  Lotz’s team won race two, leapfrogging them ahead of Locke, ... ...read more