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  • ABYC Turkey Day Regatta November 21, 2011 This past weekend was the ABYC Turkey Day Regatta – their largest regatta with 220 boats sailing. Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day; the sun came out pretty early, so we had some good wind during the day. We had 7 Vipers attend the regatta, with two boats traveling from as far as Seattle to compete. We were able to get in 4 windward/leeward races with close competition at each mark rounding. There were a few “disagreements”, but for the most part we all played nice.   Full report and videos of Vipering in 30+ kts after the jump.   Team Viral’s first race got off on the wrong foot with a bad start and leeward mark rounding; we ended up finishing 4th like ducks in a row. Our next three starts were great and we ended up finishing 1st in each ... ...read more
  • Venues Selected for Next Three North American Championships November 17, 2011 The Executive Committee has selected venues and approximate dates for the Viper 640 class’s next three North American Championships.  Going forward, bids will be accepted up to 3 years in advance for future North Americans in order to allow the class to work with organizers and host clubs to plan great events and to maximize turnout. North Americans 2012: Marblehead, Massachusetts (Eastern YC) Sept. 6-9, 2012 (Pre NAs / Labor Day Regatta Sept. 1-2, 2012) 2013: Houston, Texas (Houston YC)  October 10-13, 2013 2014: Long Beach, California (Alamitos Bay YC) Sept. 3-6, 2014 As many of you already know, the 2012 North Americans will return to the unofficial “birthplace” of the Viper class, Marblehead, Massachusetts, for the first time since 2008, hosted by Eastern Yacht Club.  There will be a Labor Day Regatta the weekend before the NAs to allow out-of-towners to come and practice ... ...read more
  • Class Governor Justin Scott wins US Sailing One-Design Leadership Award November 17, 2011 Congratulations Justin! I am happy to report that our very own Class Governor and former President, Justin Scott has won the prestigious US Sailing One-Design Leadership Award. This award is presented in recognition of individual initiative, enthusiasm, organizing ability and leadership in creating the outstanding fleet building program. All of us in the Viper Class know well how Justin has brought us from oblivion to success, from a dead class as a result of a bankrupt builder to vibrant, growing example that a grassroots class can thrive in today’s world. It’s recognition that Justin deserves for all of the hard work he has put in over the past years. Here’s the US Sailing announcement: BAY HEAD, N.J. (November 15, 2011) – Last Saturday night at US Sailing’s 2011 One-Design Sailing Symposium, presented by Gowrie Group and hosted by the Bay Head Yacht Club, five awards were ... ...read more
  • Eight Bells. Tito Bacardi, beloved patron of the Star Class and the Bacardi Cup October 20, 2011 He will be sadly missed. Best summed up in his own words at the 2004 Bacardi Cup “I think the sailors like coming here because we treat them like family. When they’re here, they are part of the Bacardi Family. We take care of them. Yes, we pay for many things; certainly that is nice for them. But, it’s more than that. It is the family feeling that makes Bacardi Cup so special.” “Each year, following the last race, I throw a bottle of Bacardi to the winners. Most times, they miss! They are tired, the boats are moving. Sometimes, I throw 6-7 bottles until they catch it. This year, I hope Mark and Magnus will catch it on the first throw!” “The Coral Reef Yacht Club has been home to the Bacardi Cup since 1962, but Bacardi’s dream is to take the ... ...read more
  • Pulitzer Prize October 12, 2011 The Class Association is looking for a budding journalist/editor to assemble a bi-monthly newsletter (6 x per year) for the Class . More details on the class forums . http://forum.viper640.org/index.php?topic=1114.0 ...read more
  • Concours de Elegance for High Performance Dinghies – Why I keep coming back to the HPDO October 10, 2011 High Performance Dinghy Open.Carbon alongside wood. Blazers alongside malodorous wetsuits. Moths alongside Vipers. Greenwich hedge fund managers alongside a professional tree climber from Jamestown. The once manicured lawns of the American Yacht Club at Rye are awash with a melee of contrasts and drying spinnakers. It is once again that unique sailing pageant, the Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open.   According to the logo on a shirt in one of my closets, I first attended the HPDO on 2006. I haven’t missed the event since then. For anyone who enjoys a “back to the future” combination of modern boats and hospitality from a bygone age, this needs to be on your bucket list. The HPDO is partly about sailboat racing, partly about a social gathering of folks who love lightweight high performance racing boats, and partly a Concours de Elegance of carbon, wood and epoxy ... ...read more
  • HPDO – Quick and Dirty, First Report October 9, 2011 The HPDO is one of my favorite regattas. Two years ago, it blew dogs off chains. This year it was light. But still great racing and great boat porn. Here is quick first summary. We will have some pics later, I’m sure.   Awesome Race Committee. Well done Sandy and his RC team. Truly exceptional. Squeezed in 7 fair and good races on Long Island Sound with a high pressure sitting overhead. Forecast was 5 knots. Sandy hunted out a small breeze zone, set up 0.7 mile legs, moved windward marks and start line at breakneck speed and got us rolling. As soon as our last boat was across the finish, the new start line would already be set, windward marks dropped and Sandy would roll right into the next sequence. In 10-15 knots of breeze this would be really good RC work. ... ...read more
  • Down to the Wire ! The Viper North Americans at Sarnia October 3, 2011 It all came down to the Last Race Going into the sixth and final race of the 2011 Viper North American Championships we had an unprecedented three way tie for first place. Tied with twelve points each after discard were; Jackpot – Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Erik Vinglass. Team Jackpot are two time North American champions going for the hat trick. They are also the hosts sailing on their home turf. Mambo Kings – Justin Scott, Ched Proctor and Peter Largess from Connecticut and Newport. . ANIMAL – Jeff Jones, Drake Borer (aka the Sea Monkey) and Jeff.  The hard charging, hard partying team from Texas. Only three points back and still very much in contention was the British/Australian team of Fer De Lance:- Glyn Locke, David Chapman, and Ian Nicholson. Aka “The Brits”. Glyn had shiipped over his boat from the UK for the Pan Am ... ...read more
  • Sailing in Sarnia – scouting for the 2011 NAs August 20, 2011 Sailing in Canada, The Sarnia One Design Regatta, August 2011 Our Canadian regatta adventure all started when my daughter heard people talking about Viper 640 North Americans being held in Canada this year, and she put in that she wanted to sail in another country. Now, racing Vipers with 9-year-olds is best done in easy-going, low-pressure settings, and the small Sarnia One Design Regatta held in early August seemed like a good target. It gave us a perfect setting to sail as a family, and it gave me a chance to pre-scout the site of the upcoming Viper NAs. Besides, we needed a family summer vacation anyway, and Sarnia promised an escape from the heat of the dog-days of August in Atlanta. So we updated the passports and made our arrangements. Canada bound we would be.   We arrived in Port Huron shortly ... ...read more
  • High Sierra Cover August 8, 2011 This is from Arizona Boating Magazine. Boat is Timbos #104 with the Rondar works boat #149 in the background. Great Press! ...read more
  • NOOD Newbie on a Viper August 5, 2011 NOOD Newbie on a ViperBen Steinberg picked up Will Ricketson, one of the US Sailing roadshow crew as a last minute fill-in for Friday of the Marblehead NOOD. Will had some very good stuff to say about racing in the Viper Class on the Roadshow blog… Check it out. ...read more
  • Three Generations, Three Grins August 2, 2011 Three Generations, Three Grins ...read more
  • High Sierra Regatta 2011 July 27, 2011 HIGH SIERRA REGATTA – JULY 15-17, 2011 For anyone that has never attended this Fresno Yacht Club event at Huntington Lake, in the Sierra Mountains of Central California, there are many reasons to add it to your “must-do regatta” list. For those of us in Arizona the excuse is very simple – it is a way to get out of the crazy heat. For others there are many more reasons to make the effort to attend. The lake itself, at an elevation of 7200 feet, is spectacular, being surrounded by the tree covered mountains of the Sierra National Forest. This year it was even more spectacular as there was still snow on some of the surrounding peaks. And as usual the wind gods provided great sailing conditions by turning on great breeze each day prior to the start of racing and then ... ...read more
  • Newport RI Makes a Statement July 13, 2011 That picture by new Viper 640 owner Ben Jacobsen truly warms my heart- 3 boats to 10, seemingly in the blink of an eye. Thanks to Vinnie at Sail Newport, lining them up together makes a bit of statement, eh? Much greater thanks to the Newport, RI true believers/early adopters Zach Freeborn and and Matt Sole, as well as Jep Peacock who saw the light as long as 3 years ago. They built it (the Newport fleet) and more have come. Even more are on the way, from the rumblings I hear. The Newport Viper fleet is going to explode over the next couple of years, I predict. Vipers will own that boat park! This is a striking visual example of how a few true believers can make it happen. And it’s happening everywhere: Washington; Rhode Island; Texas; New York; California; Connecticut; ... ...read more