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  • Long Beach NAs: Are You Ready to RUMmmmmble? August 29, 2014 Written by V640 Press Office For the first time in the Viper 640 Class’s history, the North American championship will be contested on the west coast. Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, the 2014 NAs will feature 40 boats with teams from seven states, as well as three Canadian and two Australian teams.  “We’re thrilled to bring the North Americans to a very deserving venue” said Class President Peter Beardsley.  “Long Beach is a fantastic place to sail, and the Southern California Viper fleet has become one of the largest in the country.”   READ MORE. Event website. ...read more
  • Three Steves Sweep CORK Podium August 25, 2014 Written by V640 Press Office Steve Conger & Crew won the 2014 Great Lakes Championship at CORK aboard Viper 43 “Zig Zag”, edging out Future Class President Steve Chapman on Viper 87 Oshanmare by a single point.  Chapman, by virtue of his Ottawan accent, took home the 2014 Canadian Viper National Championship.  Steve Gilbert, driving Viper 29 Black Sheep with brother Darren in the middle, placed third.  Quote Darren: “We had played to switch off the helm each race, but then Steve G. won the first race, so we let him keep it.  When Steve Co. won Race 2 and Steve Ch. won Race 3, I knew I would never get the helm back.”  Fourth place finisher Peter Broszkowski said “In Poland, we do not have anyone named ‘Steve’ – it must be a Canadian thing.”  Broskowski and team ... ...read more
  • MOISE SOLOMON, DAVE NICKERSON, AND SARAH ENRIGHT WIN 2014 VIPER NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP August 13, 2014 The Viper 640 Class New England Championship was sailed over three days during the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta sponsored by Sailing World. A total of nine races were sailed but the final results would not be determined until the very last race. Friday’s racing was delayed over an hour due to lack of wind. When it did fill-in from the south, the Vipers were able to get in three races for the day. In each race, Marblehead native and now Charleston, South Carolina resident Viper sailor Tom Loutrel, sailing with John Bowden and Karl Schutte aboard Viper 221 Choppy Seas, took the gun in light air races sailed over sometimes choppy seas. Following Loutrel in second for all three races were co-skippers Moise Solomon and Dave Nickerson sailing with sister Sarah Enright. This pair of boats would set the ... ...read more
  • PHIL AND WENDY LOTZ WITH LUKE LAWRENCE WIN 2014 BACARDI NEWPORT REGATTA August 11, 2014 Congratulations to Phil and Wendy Lotz and Luke Lawrence for winning the 2014 Bacardi Newport Regatta. 2014 Bacardi Newport Regatta sponsored by EFG Bank concluded today with two more races sailed in Potters Bay north of thePell Bridge. As promised, the winds were “a bit brisk” blowing steadily in the mid-to-high teens. The sea breeze was working against the ebbing current making for some very confused seas. Add to that the power boats (large, small, and everything in between), that added to the wave motions. Two races were sailed on the final of day and in both the upwind current play was to hit the left side of the course and ride the current towards the windward mark. Downwind, the smart money jibed into the left shore (looking downwind) to escape the foul current making a minimum of jibes to stay ... ...read more
  • Class Hires First Class Administrator June 11, 2014 Edward “Buttons” Padin The Executive Committee of the Viper 640 Class, in conjunction with the Class Governors, has hired the Class’s first formal Class Administrator. Edward “Buttons” Padin of New Rochelle, NY, a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, and a regular crew on Peter Bauer’s Viper 159 Wild Hogs, brings to this new position over 40 years of marketing communications and organizational experience. After successful careers in advertising and media, Padin has spent the past 15 years as a strategic and operational consultant, running his own consulting partnership since 2003. In recent years, Padin’s consulting focus has been redirected to marketing communications for the sailing community, where he has created the advertising for UK Sailmakers and McMichael Yacht Brokerage, does publishing design work for his home club, and this past winter worked with Sail Newport by writing the ... ...read more
  • Charleston – 2014 Atlantic Coast Champs April 25, 2014 Charleston Race Week has become one of, if not the largest multi-class regattas in the country over the past 6 years, in no small part due to Viper support and participation.  It helps that in even-numbered years, the class makes the regatta its Atlantic Coast Championship and returns to find the bottomless Dark & Stormies at the post-race beach tents, the Goslings girls, the dozens of bachelorette parties in downtown Charleston, and even some racing when conditions allow.  With experience comes wisdom – Viper sailors have improved their logistics by reserving multiple bays in advance that line the upwind side of the marina to cut down on docking chaos, have improved their ability to make a speedy departure from the crowded boatramp (though more launching options from regatta organizers solved this problem even more), and gamely requested a move to Circle 3 away ... ...read more
  • 2014 San Diego NOODs Newcomers Dominate April 3, 2014 Written by Alex Steele Wow, what a fun regatta!! This was our second regatta in the Viper and it was a great one. The weather for the San Diego NOODs was nearly perfect with mild temperatures, clear skies, and good wind. the race committee ran nine quality races over three days. Coronado Yacht Club is a great venue and their hospitality gracious. We came out of the gate pretty hot and on day one that saw us win two races and a third in the last race. We were closely followed by Kevin Taugher & Chuck Tripp’s ‘Hot Mess’ and Mark Folkman’s ‘Slitherin’. This was our first regatta with wind and new sails so our focus was to sail clean and smart. We found downwind tactics to be very difficult in the viper as getting rolled or having a puff ... ...read more
  • Miami Sailing Week – On Like Donkey Kong March 6, 2014 Miami.  In.  March.  The revamped EFG Pan American Championship with a winner-take-all one regatta finale.  Palm trees.  Bacardi.  Bacardi Girls.  Did we say Miami in March already?  After a weekend tune-up with the EFG Winter Cup for the 11 teams who got to town early, and a “Scorch” “race” (i.e., a chance to reach with fellow Viperers in various states of sobriety to lunch on Key Biscayne and back), racing got underway on Thursday. The 25-boat strong Viper fleet represents one of the largest gatherings of Vipers in Miami since the class helped expand the Bacardi Cup into what is now known as Miami Sailing Week.  Miami may not be easy to get to, but once you’re there, you’re glad you came.  Three Australian teams made the trip by virtue of winning their regional qualifiers for the EFG Pan American Championship, ... ...read more
  • SoCal Midwinters @ Cal Yacht Club February 26, 2014 Written by John Leyland The second stop on the 2014 West Coast Viper circuit was the Southern California Mid Winters hosted by the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. Mark Folkman and his crew on #130 Slitherin, fresh off their triumph at the Arizona Yacht Club’s Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup looked to continue their winning ways. In their way were 10 other Vipers. Boats started arriving on Friday afternoon with Timbo Carter being a great help in bringing #191 over from Glenn Griley’s warehouse as my crew and I flew in from Vancouver. Saturday morning arrived with perfect paddle boarding conditions, warm and windless but a westerly eventually found its way down the channel to get us out into the Pacific off of Venice Beach. The breeze didn’t last long and the race committee postponed for a little ... ...read more
  • EFG Winter Cup March 2nd-3rd Miami February 23, 2014 Written by Peter Bauer The NOR for the Winter Cup has been published on the forums on the “Miami” thread and on the EFG Pan American website. This is a two day event on Sunday and Monday as a precursor to the Pan American Championships on Thursday thru Saturday. The Winter Cup counts as a qualifying event for the Pan American Championship and stands as a regatta in its own right. EFG have donated a “Winter Cup” perpetual trophy and there will be awards for first through fifth place. The Winter Cup is also the second stop on the Florida Winter Circuit. On Tuesday, between the Winter Cup and the Pan American Championships, we will be hosting the MIAMI SCORCH. On a final note, all competitors who enter both the Winter Cup and the Pan Ams will receive $25 off from launching and hauling ... ...read more
  • South of the Border – Down Sarasota Way February 23, 2014   No Polar Vortex!  591 miles ahead! Many of you will be making the annual pilgrimage past “South of the Border” this year on your way to the southern circuit of Miami and Charleston.  As part of our southern hospitality package, we’d like to cordially invite all of you to join us in Sarasota on both sides of Miami for some great Viper racing in Sarasota Bay.  In case you need further convincing, our billboard enticements include: Store your boat before and after Miami at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for $85 per month or $6.50 per day for shorter term (not a typo or a gimmick!). No Polar Vortex – While Chicago and  New York were sub-zero,  Sarasota was in the high-50’s.  Since then, we’ve been in the high 70’s. Short distance to venue – Sarasota Sailing Squadron is located on a point of ... ...read more
  • Announcing the Inaugural Miami Viper Scorch January 25, 2014 What the heck is a scorch?? Class Governor Kay Van Valkenburg started the Viper Scorch tradition in Marblehead many years ago. It’s a fun, fast, reach or downwind sail in the company of other Vipers. It normally involves sailing fast to somewhere, stopping ashore for some lunch and drinks, then sailing home. While there are standing elapsed time records for the Marblehead scorches (if anyone can remember) , if you call it a race, you might be taking it too seriously! Think of it as the Viper take on a rondevous or gam… For details click here. ...read more
  • MIAMI – VIPER PAN WORLDS March 2-8 January 22, 2014 The 2014 EFG Pan American Championships  in Miami in March will be our first truly World championship level event with multiple Viper teams coming from three continents .  We have three Viper teams coming from Australia and at least two teams coming from Europe in addition to class regulars from the USA, Canada and Caribbean.  Previous North American, Canadian and Atlantic Coast Champions will be going head to head with the winner of the Australian Sport Boat National Championship, the winner of Cowes Week Sport Boat Class and the winner of the Lake Garda European Sport Boat Cup.  Please extend warm welcomes to Tim Reger, Australian National Sport Boat Champion, Jon Powell British Sport Boat Class Champion  and all of the overseas competitors. The Australians are sending three teams as part of a strategy to  win the party as well as ... ...read more
  • Fangin’ it January 5, 2014 Australian slang saying to drive at great speed eg He was fangin’ it around the corner. The 7th Australian Sports Boat Association National Titles were sailed from the Fremantle Sailing Club. The Fremantle Doctor lived up to its reputation with only one race under ten knots and the most in the high teens to gear busting 25+ knots. The Fleet The fleet consisted of twenty one boats of a range of designs. 2011 winner Brett Whitbread sailed the 7.2m wicked winged machine, – Crank – an awesome looking dinghy/keelboat. It has an all up sailing weight of 453kgs. Seven vipers made up a big part of the fleet with Rod Beurteaux and Tim Reger considered to have the best chances. Three Shaw 650’s included last year’s runner up Rees Howall sailing Octopussy. Two new VX’s would be sailing with their big masthead chutes. Andrew York would be competitive and ... ...read more