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  • North Sails Report on San Diego NOOD March 28, 2012 And here’s the wrap-up report from Garth’s recent win at the 2012 San Diego NOOD – perfect for the tuning geek on your Viper, though not in time for the holidays. http://www.onedesign.com/One%20Design%20NA/tabid/23032/Default.aspx?news_id=3156 ...read more
  • Just Like Home March 25, 2012 2012 San Diego NOODS  A hectic week prefaced the 2012 San Diego NOODS. This was to be the biggest mid-winter Viper regatta to date in the West….16 boats on line. Garett and I had to prepare the Rondar Double Viper rig to take #175 and the K6 down, a much harder task than we had imagined…in more ways than one. Some custom welding, fitting and futzing and we were ready to hit the 500 mile road trip. Normally I’m all about the road trip but this semi-annual sojourn takes us through the length of LA traffic towing a boat, so we always travel that section in the middle of the night around 4 am. Usually a great idea, this time, not so much. 2:00 am – Garett behind the wheel on a lonely and foggy stretch of highway 101 outside of Lompoc we come upon ... ...read more
  • Fer de Lance Defends Bacardi Cup Title March 20, 2012 March 8-10, 2012 Miami, FL Glyn Locke and his team on GBR 123, Fer de Lance, defended their Bacardi Cup title in fantastic Miami sailing conditions.  The Bacardi Cup is a qualifier for the EFG Pan American Championship series.  For more on the 2012 Bacardi Cup, please view the article on the Yachts & Yachting website. Results are posted on Yacht Scoring. The champs showing great upwind form.  Photo by Onne van der Wal / courtesy BACARDI Miami Sailing Week. ...read more
  • Living the Dream – Part 1 March 12, 2012 Home on the Water :   Check Viper 640 : Check Home built personal Viper hoist in your own backyard : Check Entered for Charleston Race Week :  Darn. Conflict with my son’s Medical School function. Well three out of four ain’t bad.  Welcome to Richard Prieto, new owner of Viper #124 and amateur home hoist builder on the east end of Long Island.  Let’s hear some more stories of anyone “living the dream” with their Viper, send the story to Peter Beardsley or me. In the meantime, everyone should sign up for Charleston Race Week — aka, Viper Atlantic Coast Champs for 2012, and a qualifying regatta for the EFG Pan American Championship. 34 Vipers are already signed up from 12 states and provinces.  Register here and scratch sheet here.  Promises to be the best dockside party ever. ...read more
  • Mardi Gras Race Week 2012 is in the books March 2, 2012 Feb. 24-26, 2012 New Orleans, LA Minimal photographic evidence exists at press time to indicate that Mardi Gras Race Week actually occurred.  Perhaps this is an effort to protect the innocent — whatever happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans, lest you find yourself lost in the bayou and show up the following MGRW married to a nutria and sporting a wicked sunburn and Cajun accent.  In any case, we’ve seen the results, and we’ve seen a couple of other accounts of the regatta, and know that 15 Vipers made the trip for the 2012 Gulf Coast Championship for the first stop on the EFG Pan American Championship as one of the regional regattas.  Wisconsin sailor Tom Peterson and his team won over California road warrior Jim Sears and his Ullman Sails team, with fleet newcomer and local boy Lee Eikel ... ...read more
  • Approval of New Tooling For North American Production March 1, 2012 Dear Class Members and Fellow Viper Owners, As many of you know, Rondar Raceboats is building two new sets of molds for the Viper in order to establish North American Production at the factory in Peabody. This is an exciting development for our Class. We have been asked by a number of members how the Class Association supervises this process and how we review any proposed modifications or refinements to the tooling. We thought we would share our answer with everyone. One of the great strengths of the Viper Class is that we are a strict one-design class where the builder is appointed by the Class Association and the rules are controlled by the owner members. Importantly, our class has a proven track record of introducing occasional refinements to the boat that keep the boat modern and user friendly but at the ... ...read more
  • Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Rolls Out Red Carpet for 2012 SCYA Midwinters February 23, 2012 Feb. 18-19, 2012 Long Beach, CA For those who pay close attention to the front page and class news, you know that Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, California, will be hosting the 2014 Viper North Americans. Outside the fleets in Arizona, San Diego and Seattle, allegedly no east coast Viperers have made the trip to the L.A. area.  Sure, we’ve all read about the legendary sailing conditions in Southern California, listened to the Beach Boys classic “California Girls”, heard of the infamous “Timbo”, maybe even staged our own Speedpuck photo with a thumbs up, a smirk and a wink.  But we haven’t visited, and we should.  So I did…   Every President’s Day weekend, clubs from Santa Barbara to San Diego play host to the largest regatta in the United States (and maybe the world): the SCYA Midwinters.  100 one design classes ... ...read more
  • EFG Bank Pan American Championship Series Trophy January 26, 2012 EFG Bank Pan American Championship Series TrophyThis is the gorgeous perpetual trophy that has been commissioned for the Pan American Championship series. The trophy is a solid bronze sculpture that stands two feet tall. It will be mounted on an eight inch high carbon plinth that is being manufactured by Ben Parker. The total height of the trophy is 32″ The trophy will be presented by EFG to the 2011 series champions, Glyn Locke, David Chapman and Ian Nicholson at the opening event for the 2012 series, Bacardi Miami Sailing week, March 12. The results for the 2011 series will be posted here as soon as our class web turks have downloaded the pdf The 2012 Pan American Championship series has a couple of important innovations. The series will consist of three regattas. 1.The opening event remains the Bacardi in Miami. 2. For the second event, each competitor has a choice of their best ... ...read more
  • Houston 2013 January 25, 2012 The 2013 Viper North American Championships are being hosted by Houston Yacht Club in October 2013. HYC’s commodore, Pat Gibson is ready for y’all. He loves his new Viper and he put on a show at the HYC Commodore’s Ball to give us a taste of what we can expect. The Gulf promises to live up to its reputation for big breeze, great parties, beautiful ladies and lots of SHRIMP! In the meantime, we look forward to seeing a strong Texan contingent at the Mumblehead 2012 NAs this coming September. In order to reduce transportation risks, the Texans fully intend to collect the North American Trophy and bring it home with them.  “Come and Take It” ! ...read more
  • 2012 Arizona YC Birthday Regatta January 17, 2012 This past weekend Arizona Yacht Club played host to their annual Leukemia Cup regatta, also known as the Birthday Regatta.  There was an added incentive this year as Ullman Sails Newport Beach sponsored Friday’s Centerboard Challenge.  The Portsmouth, PHRF and Viper Fleets all turned up to do battle for centerboard dominance.  The Viper fleet also included the day as part of their Leukemia Cup series.  The wind was strong in the morning, but the afternoon included a 180-degree shift and light air, which made for an interesting and challenging racecourse. READ MORE Final results ...read more
  • 2012 Arizona Leukemia Cup January 17, 2012 Arizona Yacht Club’s Birthday Regatta Arizona Yacht Club’s Birthday Regatta is like the “Cochella” of sailing… There’s a festival-type of vibe with everyone staying on houseboats or camping in RVs right next to the lake.  When not racing, most sailors can be seen “campfire hopping”, hanging out at the yacht club tent, or watching NFL playoffs at the marina bar.  And, with cell signal a bit weak, it was definitely a weekend “off the grid”.  If I could freeze time to a single weekend, this might be one of them.  Great racing at a fun venue with a bunch of crazy Viper sailors… Lake Pleasant is traditionally a light air venue… so my pre-regatta planning included the bright idea of down-sizing my spinnaker halyard/retriever to a class-minimum 4mm super-light line.  This was going to be our “secret weapon” as our current retrieval line was pretty heavy ... ...read more
  • Miami, Miami, Miami January 11, 2012 Racing Vipers on Biscayne Bay has deservedly been described as a dress rehearsal for heaven on earth. Crystal blue water, breeze from 10-18 day after day, followed by an evening among the bars and restaurants of tropical Coconut Grove. What could be better in the middle of a cold winter?? We’ve been working hard and we’ve finally established a Miami winter series with mast up storage. In 2013 we will have 3 events, but for this year, we have two events scheduled. We now have a home at the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove, which will provide storage and launching for the Viper Class from now on. All Viper attendees can store and launch out of one location. Storage contract and details are here. Our first Miami regatta for 2012 is the First Annual Valentine’s Regatta, hosted by the US Sailing Center on February 11th & 12. We’ve arranged something pretty ... ...read more
  • Viper 640 Sails Update December 29, 2011 It’s cold here in southeastern Connecticut and our local Vipers are tucked away for at least a couple months.  Hoping to hit the road and make Bacardi Miami Sailing Week in March… Thought it might be a good time for an update on what’s going on with sails in the Viper Class.  Unlike a lot of other one design classes, we enjoy and appreciate the active participation and support of a relatively large group of different sailmakers.  There are currently 12 Class approved sailmakers, with Schurr Sails and Mauri Sails being the most recent additions.  Sail shapes have evolved and improved – they are fast and easier to trim.  And we all benefit as sail buyers from some healthy price competition.  From a Viper owner perspective, life is pretty good.  For the full list of Class approved sailmakers and links to ... ...read more
  • Viper Class News – New Class Leaders December 9, 2011 New Class LeadersYour Class Executive Committee is pleased to announce two important changes to the Executive Committee.  We welcome Dawn Kozak from Perth Amboy, NJ, as the new Class President and Garrett Johns from Anacortes, WA, as the new  Class Secretary. A quick bit of background and explanation: Dan Tucker is stepping down as Class President in order to accept a full time job with the new North American Rondar Raceboats, USA facility in Peabody, MA.  Dan will be responsible for marketing, sales and customer service. This in itself is very exciting news for the Viper Class. Dan will be describing his new role in more detail elsewhere, but suffice to say that we will be seeing increased professional promotion for our class and we can expect Dan to bring his passion for customer service and for Vipers to the role. Jay Harrell has been ... ...read more