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  • Dates for 2017 Viper 640 North Americans Announced October 3, 2016 October 25-28, 2017 Ft Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton Beach, FL Mark your calendars now… The Ft. Walton Yacht Club will be hosting the 2017 NAs on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Craig and Deb Wilusz are working on all the details and will post the NoR shortly. Got any ideas for NA sponsors??? Contact Craig at contact@gulfperformancesailing.com. ...read more
  • Mark Folkman Wins Queen Mary Sleigh Ride August 31, 2016 August 20, 2016 Reported by Mark Folkman Five Viper teams and one VX-1 braved the elements and departed King Harbor in Redondo Beach, CA, for a “distance” race to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on August 20.  The race course was 24 miles in the open ocean around the Palos Verdes Peninsula, then along the Los Angeles Harbor Breakwater wall with the finish off the stern of the venerable Queen of the Seas (aka hotel). The first leg was a one tack beat to the “R10” bell buoy in 8 knots of breeze and, at the buoy, Tim Carter #223, Mark Folkman #130, and Bob Hayward in #227 were nearly abeam as the course turned to a jib reach.  Soon, after the kites were out, the wind went aft, and wind speed began to increase.  Increasing to twelve, eighteen, pushing to ... ...read more
  • Zeke Horowitz Wins YRALIS Viper Champs August 10, 2016 American Yacht Club August 6-7 Thirteen boats made it out for part or all of the weekend to sail 6 races over two days. They faced a light but fairly steady southwester on Saturday, and a puffy northerly Sunday with racing at the mouth of Mamaroneck Harbor once the breeze filled. Zeke Horowitz’s Jenny and Peter Beardsley’s and David Owen’s Ghost Panda traded firsts and seconds over the weekend, with Horowitz’s Team Jenny, with Ian Coleman and Chris Klevan, prevailing. Ted Ferrarone, Charles Swanson and Kendra Emhiser on #88 stepped it up on Sunday to place third after Christian Manchester’s Vicious Panda and Byron Lamont’s and Andrew Weiss’ Dragon Fire showed good speed on Saturday. Results ...read more
  • David Owen and Peter Beardsley Win 118th Larchmont Race Week August 10, 2016 Larchmont Yacht Club July 16-24 Sailed over the weekends of July 16-17 and 23-24, the historic 118th running of Larchmont Race Week concluded Sunday afternoon with the Viper class participating in the second annual Around Execution Lighthouse Race – a winner-takes-all event with Vipers, classic Herreshoff S-Boats, PHRF racers, and a Gunboat 62 sharing the same starting line. Preceding that race, however, were three days of solid racing with 21 Vipers competing. From the first Saturday, it was David Owen sailing #222 Ghost Panda in the lead. With a 2-2-1 on the first weekend, Owen and team would never look back. Joined by boat partner, Peter Beardsley the second weekend, the duo managed to win both of Saturday’s races and placed 8th overall in the Execution Light Race. In second, also with a consistently strong scoreline, were Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone in #88. ... ...read more
  • John Leyland Rocks at 2016 SOAR Regatta August 10, 2016 Squamish Yacht Club July 23-24 Well the little boat that we all love did its thing this weekend up Howe Sound at the SOAR Regatta in Squamish, BC this past weekend. Howe Sound is essentially a fjord with mountains all around making for a great place to sail. Friday’s 9nm Inflow Race didn’t provide the epic conditions they were predicting but were great just the same. This is an everyone start together race to Squamish with a variety of boats ranging in size from a Hanse 400e to our beloved Viper. We started in about 10-12 knots of breeze and after ping ponging our way out from the symmetrical chutes got out to better breeze and off we went with the puffy breeze building the rest of the way. We were the 4th boat to cross the finish line doing 14+ less than ... ...read more
  • Steve Chapman Wins 2016 Viper Canadian Championship August 10, 2016 Kingston Yacht Club July 9-10 Kingston Yacht Club hosted the Great Lakes Viper fleet for our 3rd annual Canadian Championship. Famous for great sailing with good thermal winds, 10 boats arrived Friday to a warm welcome. Lots of beer and good food Friday night at the Kingston Brewing Company helped the fleet prepare for the excitement ahead. Saturday morning we had great conditions, sunshine and a nice 12-15kt SW breeze. Racing was tight and the RC got off 3 good races. With each hour the winds increased as the promised thermal kicked in. After the 3rd race the RC stopped racing as winds at the top mark hit 29 kts and capsizes became numerous, including one turtled boat! Thanks to James Colburn (87) who jumped on to assist. Burgers and beer on the cozy KYC deck alleviated the stress of the day. Many of ... ...read more
  • Ron Schute Wins 2016 Nepean One-Design Regatta August 10, 2016 Nepean Sailing Club June 19-20 For the Great Lakes Vipers, heading to Nepean Sailing Club near Ottawa in June has become a tradition. Since 2005, NSC has hosted the annual event which attracted 81 boats in 2016, including 10 Vipers. Despite the light winds which dominate at this time of the year this is a very popular event. Saturday was our day for a floating Viper pit as no racing took place! The club put on a great BBQ with a live band that evening leaving everyone with smiles despite the lack of racing. Sunday brought wind and we managed to get in 4 races, with 4 different boats taking a bullet through very close racing. Ron Schute, on 117 Rum Theory, defended his title to take the 2016 event, followed by Matt Rowlinson on Viper 70 Gendel and Steve Chapman on 211 ... ...read more
  • Tim Carter Takes 2016 High Sierra Regatta August 10, 2016 The fish that got away! Fresno Yacht Club July 9-10 Reported by Tim Carter This was an amazing adventure, Steve Bloemeke, Jennifer Weisman and I set off 12:30 Thurs afternoon for our trip up to Huntington Lake… Yes! It’s true the lake is full, it’s been three long years since we could sail here so we were very excited to go back. We crossed the statea new way, from the coastal wine country of Paso Robles across the “Great Valley” and on up the Sierra’s. Along the way we were able to pay homage to the great James Dean and tipped our hats at that infamous intersection. Friday morning, we woke up and started visiting with the local teams and planned out our day. We hiked up to Rancharia Falls a couple miles away and she was flowing in glory. We scrambled down the rocks ... ...read more
  • Jeff Grange, Bill Blazer and Chris Parker win Viper 640 Pacific Coast Championship June 27, 2016 Congratulations to Jeff Grange, Bill Blazer and Chris Parker for winning the Pacific Coast Championship at 2016 Long Beach Race Week. 16 Vipers, 7 races, a heck of a regatta. Full story to be submitted shortly Long Beach Race Week 2016 Reported by Tim Carter Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club once again hosted Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week and the 2016 Viper 640 Pacific Coast Championship. We had 16 boats on the line over the weekend, a bit down this year due to work issues with several of the regulars…but we had beer, some breeze, and some sunshine. Friday’s skippers weather brief was talking about 14-18 kts at some point over the weekend; however, I think their instruments need calibration. Friday we saw 5-8 kts max and we had lots of the famous Long Beach Ganga (Kelp) floating around. The ... ...read more
  • Mary and Geoff Ewenson win Southern Bay Race Week June 9, 2016 Mary and Geoff Ewenson win Southern Bay Race Week SOUTHERN BAY RACE WEEK Hampton (VA) Yacht Club June 3-5 Hampton Yacht Club again ran a tremendous event with a dozen one-design and handicap class racing on the lower Chesapeake.  After three days of racing and 11 races it was Mary and Geoff Ewenson aboard Terminally Pretty taking the Viper title. They recorded seven bullets in the six-boat fleet. In second, winning three heats, was David Eberwine sailing with Henry, Barb, and Doug Amthor aboard their Viper #227. In third were Mark Wheeler, Kathy Wheeler, and Mike Gravitt aboard Vapor Trails. Results ...read more
  • Jeff Grange Wins 2016 SF Bay’s Delta Ditch Run June 9, 2016 Jeff Grange Wins 2016 SF Bay’s Delta Ditch Run Stockton Sailing Club June 6 Most of us race Vipers one-design around the buoys while others race their Viper PHRF. Some of our California Viper brethren decided to race their Vipers on a distance race: the Delta Ditch. As background, the 25th annual Delta Ditch Run was sailed on June 6, starting in the San Francisco Bay and went up the Delta to finishes at the Stockton Sailing Club. In the past this event has attracted over 200 boats with racers from across the country showing up for this generally downwind sixty five mile race. Sixty five miles in a Viper. Egad! (Editor’s note: I hate, hate, hate exclamation points…but this truly warrants one.) This year three Vipers went the distance: Jeff Grange, Chris Paulsen, and Olan Bleck finishing in that order. Here’s a recap from ... ...read more
  • Chris Parker, Jeff Grange and Mike Kuhney top Viper fleet in Santa Barbara June 9, 2016 Chris Parker, Jeff Grange and Mike Kuhney top Viper fleet in Santa Barbara  Santa Barbara Skiff Festival Santa Barbara Yacht Club May 14-15 Host club’s Chris Parker with event chair Jeff Grange and Mike Kuhney winning three of five races followed in second by Viper Governor and Alamitos Bay YC member Tim Carter sailing with Jennifer Weisman and Steve Blowmeke while Arizona YC and Viper Treasurer Tony Chapman, sailing with Luce Sushali and Paul Wojtczak finished third. Timbo started strong, winning the first two heats, but Chris Parker’s winning the three final ones made the difference. Interestingly, after the first day the tables were turned with Timbo recording two bullets making it seem easy. Guess that woke-up Jeff and his crew. Note to self: sometimes it’s best to let sleeping giants lie! Results ...read more
  • Lee Shuckerow at top of Podium at Bayview One-Design Regatta June 9, 2016 Lee Shuckerow at top of Podium at Bayview One-Design Regatta Bayview One-Design Regatta Bayview Yacht Club June 3-5 The Bayview ODR is a major mid-west regatta with over 225 boats sailing on Detroit’s Lake St. Clair in 16 divisions. Within the 7-boat Viper fleet, it was Lee Shuckerow, Eric Vigrass, and Mike Weber sailing Jackpot that stood at the top of the podium when the smoke cleared. They finished third in the first race and went on to deliver a picket fence score line of all 1s for the remaining eight races. Solidly in second place was First World Problem being sailed by Andrew Kiteley, Philip Kiteley, and Mike Vigrass. The trio recorded all top-three places plus one fourth. Rounding out the winner was Black Sheep with Darren Gilbert, Steve Gilbert, and Mark Miller aboard placing second three times and third three times, too. Results ...read more
  • John Dane, Dave Bolyard, and Thomas Duffy win Viper 640 Gulf Coast Championship during the GYA Opening Regatta May 25, 2016 May 20-21, Fairhope Yacht Club, Fairhope, AL It was the first major Viper regatta since the Gulf Yachting Association selected the Viper as its new Capdevielle interclub boat (as of 2018)…and what a regatta it was. The details will follow, but the topline report is that John Dane, former Olympic Star sailor and relatively new to the Class, won the Gulf Coast Championship sailing with his regular Viper crew Dave Bolyard of Ullman Sails and young Thomas Duffy. The trio was representing Pass Christian Yacht Club in what was actually a dual event. The racing was part of the GYA’s Opening Regatta with a total of six races sailed over the two days: the first five (with no throw outs) counting for the GYA Sportboat Championship, and all six (including a throw out) determining the Viper 640 Gulf Coast Champion. The GYA’s Opening ... ...read more