New Technical Committee Announcement On Stern Bridle Test

Many Viper owners have re-rigged their main sheets by moving the bridle from amidships to the stern, immediately in front of the split tails of the mainsheet—using the same deck pad eyes. Over half of the boats at the 2018 NAs used this aft bridle/aft split tail set up. While this makes trimming the mainsheet […]

Technical Committee posts new keel, keel box, keel wedge document

The Viper 640 Class Association Technical Committee just posted in the Forum a new document on all matters keels. A valuable read for all Viper sailors. Go to Forum Post

Van Sheppard named 2018 Viper 640 Canadian Champion

Great Lakes sailors meet in drift-fest for Canadian Championship The Nepean One-Design regatta has been a fixture on the Great Lakes circuit for five years now. It’s always a great regatta from a social perspective and often a notoriously light, variable wind event. The 2018 edition was no exception, with 10 Great Lakes Vipers meeting […]

Viper 640 World Champion Nick Jerwood’s take on the Worlds and the Viper 640

Snake Bytes asked Nick Jerwood for his download on the Schweppes Viper 640 World Championship The boat we sailed was purchased new by Brian DeVries in September ‘17 and it was his plan to bring together a team to compete in the worlds and my good fortune that he asked me to be on that […]

Words from a Prez – Graeme Monkhouse – Regional President, Australia

What a great time to be a Viper sailor in Perth. Having just hosted the 2018 World Championships we are left with a 20 boat Western Australian fleet and memories of a Regatta that will be hard to beat. The sailing was sensational. After gentle conditions in the two day warm-up regatta, Monday turned out […]

Worlds from NA Prez Steve Chapman – a traveler…

First a confession – I have always been a traveler. When I joined the Viper 640 Class, I looked forward to heading out to a few big regattas every year. Little did I know that this would take me as far as Perth, Australia! When we announced the Worlds in Perth, my immediate thought was […]

Class Chairman Justin Scott on the South of Perth Yacht Club, the Worlds experience, and Western Australia

This was by far and away the best sailing event experience I have ever had. It was not just the sailing competition, which was fantastic in its own right, but it was the entire West Australia experience: • The amazing party at the WA Maritime Museum, • The day at Rottnest Island, • The camaraderie, […]

Nick Jerwood, Matt Jerwood and Matt De Vries Crowned Viper 640 2018 World Champions

Another “Family” World Title for the Jerwoods and De Vries The Jerwood/de Vries family combination is well known at Australian Sailing headquarters, where Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries are Australian representatives in the 470 class.  They jumped back to 420’s in January to claim the World Women’s title in that class.  This time it […]

Nick Jerwood takes lead in Schweppes Viper 640 2018 Worlds

After the second day of the Schweppes Viper Worlds in Perth, Western Australia, a total of eight races have been completed and scores recalculated to include a single drop.  A second drop will be allowed if thirteen or more races are completed. Conditions today could hardly have been more different from yesterday.  Shifty south easterly […]

Taking a deserved break at the Schweppes Viper Worlds

Vipers Cocktail Party After a hard day’s sailing with four races completed, sailors were able to let their hair down at the Western Australian Maritime Museum for a cocktail party. In the shadows of the iconic Australia II (the real yacht, not a replica) and Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour, the yacht that carried him around […]