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  • First Annual Larchmont Viper Demo “Regatta” November 7, 2012 The last Viper regatta on Western Long Island Sound for 2012 had no entry fee, no recorded scores, no trophies, the smallest turnout of the year, and had boat owners in a panic derigging boats to avoid a hurricane that was closing in on the area.  Yet it might have been the most successful regatta of the season. Most Viper owners have taken sailors out before either formally or informally to demo the boat — it’s a win-win, you get to go sailing, maybe the person coming out is a friend who sails in other classes or who hasn’t done much sailing, or is a prospective owner who is thinking about getting a boat and joining your fleet (even better than taking a friend sailing!).  As an experiment and to promote fleet growth in the area, we wanted to see what ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Jim Sears October 25, 2012 Several people have requested that this guy be profiled for a while now…not just *that guy*, but the f***ing new guy, Dr. Jim Sears.  Jim may not be the new guy anymore now that he’s had his Viper for two years, and he certainly doesn’t sail his Viper like the new guy, taking podium places up and down the west coast in 2012, including a first at Long Beach Race Week, second at Mardi Gras Race Week, and third at Pacific Coast Champs.  Jim is talking about bringing his west coast style (and Viper) to the east coast this winter, starboard tackers beware.  If his mug looks familiar, you’re watching too much daytime television (though in Jim’s honor, if you’re watching, don’t change the channel).  As far as we know, Jimbo is the only Viper sailor who is also an ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Dave Nickerson October 22, 2012 Dave Nickerson is the Viper 640 class’s Technical Committee chairman.  Dave, along with his Tech Committee colleagues Ben “Carbon Mongoose” Steinberg, Tim “Timbo” Carter and Professor Bob Matthews, are the keepers of the sword, inspecting Vipers with rulebooks in hand and ruthlessly burning tow lines that are a millimeter too thin and declaring that the brilliant and complicated spinnaker halyard retrieval takeup system that you spent all summer designing isn’t class legal.  Still, there are benefits to knowing the Class Cop, and in Dave’s case, the knowledge acquired during his hundreds of hours of boatwork spent upgrading and perfecting one of the oldest Vipers on the racecourse can be transmitted over a beer post-race.  The Tech Committee are also the guys who think about improvements to the class rules to keep the boat modern and fun to sail.  Dave’s also ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Garrett Johns October 16, 2012 Garrett Johns is the secretary of the Viper class.  At the risk of insulting those of you who have the Class Constitution memorized, “the Secretary shall be responsible for taking minutes of meetings, maintaining records including a record of class members and class registered boats. The Secretary shall ensure that the Executive Committee pursue objective 4.4 and promotes the exchange and dissemination of information among class members. This shall include the maintenance of an effective Class website.”  So really, you could say that if it wasn’t for Garrett, we wouldn’t have the “Better Know a Viperer” series.  Now you know who to shoot, but we wouldn’t recommend doing that, as Garrett is the tallest of the class officers (not counting Class Governor ... ...read more
  • Tips for the Perfect Turkey October 13, 2012 Keith Magnussen (above, Sailmaker at Ullman Sails and West Coast Viper Rock Star) and Phil Toth (Aussie Olympic Star contender, below)  will be hosting a Viper tuning and boat mechanics clinic at ABYC on Friday before the Turkey Day regatta in November. Friday November 16th. They will have a coach boat and videos. Keith writes “This is a great opportunity to come practice and learn everything we know about tuning and how we sail the boats and best of all it is free. Please RSVP to Keith so he gets an idea of who wants to come. Keith Magnussen kmagnussen at ullmansails  (dot or period)      com Ullman Sails Newport Beach Mobile: 714-206-1002 Office: 714-432-1860 The Turkey Regatta is hosted by ABYC, the site of 2014 Viper North American Championships….and as their website says….”This is the big daddy!” The only question is “Why don’t we have a Turkey Day Regatta on ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Tony Chapman October 10, 2012 We continue the “BKAV” series on the Viper class officers with treasurer Tony Chapman, a/k/a “the Road Warrior”, “the guy with the funny teal Viper”, or just “the British guy with the bandanas.”  Tony is one of the mainstays of the Viper fleet in Arizona — yes, there are Vipers racing in the desert.  When the temperatures reach 100 degrees in the summer, that’s the signal for Tony and others to hit the road to California, Seattle, and in Tony’s case, the east coast.  Tony endeared himself to the class by trekking 2500 miles in 2009 for Charleston Race Week and the NAs in Stamford, Connecticut, and made it to the 2011 NAs in Sarnia (where he finished a strong fifth overall) and 2012 in Marblehead, bringing two other Vipers with him on a triple stack.  If you haven’t met ... ...read more
  • High Performance On and Off the Water October 8, 2012 27 Vipers made the annual pilgrimage to Western Long Island Sound’s American YC for the HPDO (aka, the “High Performance Dinghy Open”).  Despite the lead appendages, Vipers have been a mainstay at the HPDO for several years, with 35 Vipers in attendance in 2010 and 27 Vipers in 2011.  The 2012 edition had 31 Vipers signed up until some late cancellations dropped the turnout slightly.  Saturday’s conditions started with a steady 13-18 kts from the southwest for the first three races, all of which were won by 2012 ACCs champ Jason Carroll and his team on Viper 160 Argo despite several general recalls, Z flags and even the appearance of the black flag for the second and third races. The breeze clocked hard to the right in race 4, skewing the course significantly.  The breeze stayed up as the clouds ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Dawn Kozak October 2, 2012 Now that we’re into October and on the wrong side of the class’s Annual General Meeting where our class officers were reappointed for another term, we’ve decided that it’d be worth the effort to get to know some of them better for the latest in the “BKAV” series — our officers hail from New Jersey, Arizona, Connecticut, Washington State and New York, so they’re all over the place.  First up is our Class President, Dawn Kozak.  Dawn was appointed late last year after Dan Tucker stepped down, and has been a great ambassador for all things Viper, owning three boats since 2005 and racing up and down the east coast.  Dawn currently serves on the Board of Governors at Raritan Yacht Club in Perth Amboy, NJ in addition to chairing the club’s Red Grant Regatta, the largest keelboat regatta in ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Doug Stumberger September 27, 2012 If you’re in the Viper class and you know Doug Stumberger, then either: You’re from Seattle; or You pay incredibly close attention to class activities and get a gold star. Doug owns the newest Viper in the Pacific Northwest, seen here (below) picking up Viper 174 in late 2011 from Garrett Greenhalgh of Spinnaker Sailing. Doug may be too new to have pictures of him actually sailing his Viper, but we promise it’s happened, as we met at Pacific Coast Champs at Whidbey Island Race Week this summer.  He has however, been around long enough to learn from past class president Justin Scott that it’s ok to drive 800 miles with an all white Viper and no bottom cover (though not long enough to be fully indoctrinated into the school of psychedelic West Coast Viper gelcoat hull colors).  Doug is also a sailing ... ...read more
  • Better Know a Viperer: Pat Gibson September 24, 2012 The Viper 640 class has presidents past and present, fleet captains, sparkplugs and various other dignitaries.  It does not have many commodores, but Pat Gibson is here to change that.  After taking delivery of Viper 152 in early 2011, Gibson also took the top spot at Houston YC, host of the 2013 Viper NAs.  Everything is bigger in Texas, and while we’ll all get to know Commodore Gibson a bit better next year, we wanted to get a sneak preview of the man behind the ice sculpture. Name: Pat Gibson Location: Houston, TX Viper currently (or past) owned — name(s) and sail number(s): 152,  Seco Tu Pelo Tell us a bit more about the origin of the name of your Viper: Once at aTex-Mex restaurant, we were talking about names of a prior boat. My (now sailing at College of Charleston) daughter who was ... ...read more
  • Pieter Taselaar and Bliksem Team Win 2012 NAs September 10, 2012 Press release attached.  More photos and videos to come in the following days. ...read more
  • Day 3 of NAs: Bigger Breeze and Swells Separate Standings September 9, 2012 Press release for Day 3 posted. Quick video from Day 2 by Leighton O’Connor Photos from Days 1, 2 and 3 on the Viper 640 Facebook page. ...read more
  • Day 2 of 2012 NAs: Down Under On Top September 7, 2012 Press release posted. ...read more
  • 2012 Viper NAs: Taselaar and Locke Tied for the Lead September 6, 2012 Day 1 is in the books in Marblehead.  Press release here, photos by Leighton O’Connor here, results here. ...read more