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  • Sport Boat March 3, 2011 Stu loved the logo on the hood of his car so much that he put it on his spinnaker. Now, Juan is driving the Porsche chute. If anyone at upcoming regattas can get a great shot of this chute surfin’ downwind, please send a pic to class, because Porsche would love to use it. ...read more
  • Registration is open for EFG Bank Pan American Championship Series. February 16, 2011 The Registration, Notice of Series and Website for the EFG Pan Am Series is open here:- http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=471  EFG Bank Pan American Championship 2011 Schedule Round One: Viper Midwinter Championship at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. March 10-12 Round Two: Viper Pacific Coast Championships at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week AND Viper Atlantic Coast Championships at Bacardi Newport Race Week.  June 24-26 Round Three:  Viper North American Championships at Sarnia Yacht Club. September 28- October 1 Registration is free. All participants in any of these individual regattas qualify for the series. The series will award trophies for overall and handicap results and for participation. ...read more
  • Hurricanes or Mojitos? February 3, 2011 Hurricanes or Mojitos?Viper sailors face a tempting choice of two cocktails, two parties, two regattas and two coasts over March 10-13.Can we tempt you to join us for Hurricanes at Mardi Gras Race Week at New Orleans Yacht Club on Lake Ponchartrain  ? Or can we seduce you with Mojitos at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week at Coral Reef Yacht Club on Biscayne Bay? Both will be awesome Regattas and we are expecting to see a combined total of 30+ Vipers racing over this weekend. Come and join us. Hurricanes The New Orleans Yacht Club requests your presence for three days of hard core racing… and oh yeah -four nights of partying New Orleans style. With Mardi Gras culminating on Fat Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the best sailors will just not let the party end and will roll through their hangovers, create new ones and rock the ... ...read more
  • Cactus & Vipers February 3, 2011 Three years ago I was participating in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Fantasy Sail in San Diego and I met some sailors from Arizona. Having done a large part of my sailing on a river, I was struck by the idea of sailing in the desert. This year, upon realizing that Phoenix is a mere six hour drive away, I decided that I would head out to the Arizona Yacht Club’s big regatta to see what it was all about. I arrived at the Pleasant Harbor Marina and RV Resort at Lake Pleasant which was not only where the regatta was being held, but was also where we would be staying for the duration of the event. My arrival happened to coincide with the start of the evening’s festivities (funny how that worked out, almost like it was planned). I can’t imagine ... ...read more
  • 2011 EFG Bank Pan American Viper Championship Series January 23, 2011 The preeminent championship circuit for three person sport boats in North America is the EFG Bank Pan American Viper Championships In 2010, 43 Vipers participated in the inaugural Pan American Championships. After 30 races spanning three premier regattas in Miami, Kingston, and New York, the series’ leaders were tied. The team of Brad Boston (Canada)/Lee Shuckrow (USA) edged out Barry Parkin (Great Britain) in a tiebreaker to take the title. In 2011, the EFG Bank Pan American Championships will once again commence in March at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. The second round in late June represents an exciting innovation for the 2011 series with simultaneous Viper racing on both the East and West coasts. On June 24-26, Vipers will be racing as part of both, the Viper Pacific Coast Championships at Long Beach Race Week in California, and the Viper Atlantic Coast ... ...read more
  • HPDO & EFG Bank Pan Am Championships October 11, 2010 Thirty Five Vipers on one starting line. Two days of sunshine and breeze on. These pictures will help to tell the story.   Thirty Five Boats makes for crowded start lines. …and not a lot of separation by the time we got to the first windward mark Thirty Five boats, also means that Thirty Four boats didn’t come first. But these guys did. Again! But we were all winners with gorgeous sailing , and wonderful hosts, American Yacht Club, looking over Long Island Sound in the fall. Dinner on Saturday night in the charming club house.                 The members encouraged 35 Vipers to park on their immaculate lawns. Each boat had a custom parking space marked on the grass.                       You had to get up really early to launch 35 Vipers and be in time for skippers meeting at 9.30 am on Saturday morning. For a change we were not the fastest boats on the ... ...read more
  • Vipers for McKinnon-Tucker October 7, 2010 12-1-2010   Update:- Since this article was written, the US Sailing elections were held and Maureen was elected to the board of US Sailing with a large vote.  We congratulate Maureen on her new role and thank Viper Class members for their support.  At the US Sailing agm it was also announced that Justin Scott was elected to US Sailing’s house of delegates and a member of the US Sailing One Design Council. If any Viper Class members have views or ideas about what US Sailing should be doing for our sport, please contact either Maureen or Justin.    7-10-2010   Occasionally the President has to step aside from his/her executive role and do some political campaigning.   As anyone who has ever been involved in politics knows, rule #1 is to get a seat at the table. In the upcoming elections for the board of directors at US Sailing, the ... ...read more
  • Sailing Anarchy ISAF Worlds (lol) September 30, 2010 And here’s Ronnie’s report: It must be that time of year again, because I find myself returning to San Francisco with an empty wallet, a deep sunburn, a sore body and a massive hangover. Yes, the World Championships of the World, er, International Sportboat Anarchy Festival took place this past weekend in sunny San Diego. I found myself racing a Viper 640 in a 28 boat mixed design fleet that included 14 Vipers. We had our ups and down throughout the weekend, but the weather was great, the racing close and the parties lively. After winning the Ultimate 20 class at ISAF last year, Ullman sailmaker Ben Lakin and I decided to team up and see what we could do in the Viper class. With an old borrowed boat and Viperette Stacey Loula, we saw ourselves as somewhat of a dark horse ... ...read more
  • EFG Bank Pan Am Series. Results going into Final Event September 5, 2010 The final event in the EFG Bank Pan American Championship is the HPDO at Rye on October 9th/10th. The scores are suprisingly tight after 22 races with only one point between 1st and 2nd, and five points between 3rd and fifth. There will be between 6 and 9 races at the HPDO, and the final scoring will allow 1/3rd of all races to be discarded, so its still wide open. Currently 43 boats are qualified. Top Ten are:- Barry Parken/John Logue GBR/USA (1), Brad Boston/Lee Shuckrow CAN/USA (2) , Justin Scott GBR (3) , Somers Kempe BDA (4), David Guggenheim NZL (5) , Albert Heller CAN (6), Dan Tucker USA (7), Jeff Jones TEX (8) , Brian Kamilar (USA) (9), Stuart Hebb (CAN) (10). With a strong showing from Canadian, British, NZL and Bermudan sailors, the USA teams have some work to do. Let’s get it on at AYC for the final ... ...read more
  • 2010 Sarcoma Cup – SF September 2, 2010 2010 Sarcoma Cup - SF This past weekend the Vipers attended the Sarcoma Cup hosted by Berkeley Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay. There were 5 vipers in attendance, 3 of which were from the SoCal area, making it the largest fleet of vipers on the bay to date. Team Viral drove up on Thursday night and rolled into South Beach around 2 am. Drew Harper was kind enough to let us stay on his beautiful Santa Cruz 50, Yukon Jack, for the weekend.   Friday morning some of us got together at the local coffee shop and discussed next years schedule and our plans for the weekend. We spent the better half of the day rigging our boats, and then we went out for a sail. This was my first time on the bay and what a BLAST it was! We sailed up past Alcatraz and ... ...read more
  • SPONSORED SPINNAKERS AT THE HPDO August 12, 2010   EFG Bank International are “practitoners of the craft of private banking” crafting global solutions for private individuals around the world. EFG Bank International are also generous sponsors of the sport of sailing and they crafted an exciting Pan American Championships for the Viper 640 Class. Those of us who were at the Bacardi Cup in Miami or who are going to CORK in Kingston Ontario have already experienced the EFG parties and seen their wonderful publicity supporting our circuit. They are taking this to a new level for the concluding regatta of the Pan American Championships on October 9th and 10th at the HPDO, American Yacht Club, Rye New York. Every entrant to the HPDO will qualify for an EFG spinnaker at a highly subsidized price starting from $600.  Practising the craft of generous sponsorship Most of the class approved sailmakers will be participating in this scheme, so ... ...read more
  • Vipers on Puget Sound August 6, 2010 Okay, this is it!  For those of you Viper sailors that are used to your boats and know what they can do, the following will be only interesting in as much as there are sailors out there like me that haven’t been exposed to the modern technology “blow your socks off” sailing excitement.  We newbies are someday going to be a threat on the racecourse but know that we will be having just as much fun as you during our learning phase…and I did not see this coming. I have sailed and raced successfully for many years in everything from Lasers and Thistles to IOR and PHRF displacement boats in the Puget Sound, Washington area including British Columbia.  I have sailed with and against some very accomplished sailors and have enjoyed this history immensely.  I thought that the newer hull, sail ... ...read more
  • Vipers at the US Sailing Junior Championships Regional Qualifier August 1, 2010 I am happy to report the Vipers were a huge success . We had junior 5 (triple handed) teams race 5 loaned Vipers boats where each team raced each boat at least once. The Mystic River “Mudheads” won the regatta with 5 bullets, they are now heading California where they will sail Lightnings in a couple of weeks for the national title. (These kids would have challenged all of the locally sailed boats, I hope to see them out with us in the future. They can sail my boat any time it is available!) They had great winds, ranging from 2 knots to 12 knots and fairly flat water. We learned the Mudheads spent a lot of time on a Viper prior to this event, obviously giving them an advantage but they were also just downright good sailors and a great team, ... ...read more
  • NOOD Through the Eyes of Viper Noobies July 27, 2010 Joe Healey picked up Viper #121 from Justin Scott less that 2 weeks before the Marblehead NOOD. He arrived at the regatta never having rigged up his new boat, never mind having sailed it before! Here’s his regatta report- My first introduction to the Viper V40 was back in 1997 when it was chosen as Sailing Worlds Boat of the Year. Soon after I heard of a demo sail at Larchmont YC, which I went to and was very impressed with the boat. To me it seemed like the perfect combination of keel boat and dinghy. I have kept my eye on the class ever since and when the resurgence started 3 or so years ago and after watching Justin Scott on You Tube doing 18kts in Charleston. I thought to myself enough is enough and finally I was able ... ...read more