Viper 640 Snake Bytes - October 8, 2022 - Viper 640 International Class Association

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Reigning Viper 640 North American and New England (see below) Champ and generally good guy Mark Zagol from Pawcatuck, CT, will be representing the Viper Class this weekend in the US Sailing Championship of Champions. This year’s CoC will be held October 7-9 at the Shore Acres Yacht Club in Brick, NJ.

The CoC draws major level champions from various classes of sailboats and pits them against each other on a one-design basis. This year, Mark will be competing in an MC Scow. Luckily, in addition to his Viper and 505 chops, Mark has sailed a few Laser regattas in his life so he comes to this single-handed event with a few tricks up his sleeve.

Sail your best, Mark, we’ll be following you HERE.



Gulfport Yacht Club, Gulfport, MS

Women’s and Youth – 10/15-16

North Americans – 10/20-23

This reporter just got off the phone with Sam Vasquez and he confirmed it’s not too late to sign-up for a very inexpensive charter boat for all three events. Having had 50-boat NAs in the past, this post Covid event currently sits at 28 entries. 

We all know that sailors procrastinate…but time for that is over. Contact Sam NOW, put your name on a charter, grab a crew and some travel reservations, and join us in Gulfport!



For those who live along the Atlantic coast, fall hurricane seasons are always dicey. Recently, Hurricane Fiona rumbled through Bermuda taking with her more than just a Rum Swizzle or two. Among her “victims,” was Viper 240 owned by the RBYC’s Youth Sailing program having received it as a donation from Alex Cutler. This is one photo you’ll want to download and enlarge so you get the full color, flavor, and texture of what happened. Note how the forward deck was totally ripped off and how the starboard quarter was stove in. At least the drain plug was in place!!!

Viper Governor Somers Kempe reports that 240 has been totaled from an insurance perspective so Paul and Tyler at Rondar needn’t fear; but knowing what Fletcher Boland did with his boat that flew off a trailer on a highway, perhaps he can grab this hull and name her PATCHED UP II.

In all seriousness, we send our thoughts and wished to all that suffered losses in Bermuda and Puerto Rico from Hurricane Fiona, plus all the devastation in Florida from Hurricane Ian.



The Great Lakes fleet gathered September 18-19 in Kingston, ON at the Fall CORK regatta, the site of the 2018 North American’s, for the last event in our summer series. This was the Canadian Championship event, not sailed since 2019. The traditional thermal winds were decidedly absent on Saturday as the fleet waited until a very light breeze gave one race. Sunday came with the threat of rain which brought a good gradient breeze allowing 5 races before the weather turned. Congratulations to Ron Schute (117) and his crew Nicholas Schute and Albert Heller who claimed first place, followed by Steve Chapman (288) and Michael Weber (127).

A highlight of the weekend was the visit of the Imoca 60 “Canadian Ocean Racing” at Kingston Yacht Club. However, her attempt to join in the racing ended when a Viper chased her off the racecourse….




While it may have been a bit of a stretch to hold the 2022 Viper 640 New England Championship at Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club over the September 26-27 weekend, western Long Island Sound provided some true New England fall conditions.

Saturday’s racing consisted of five races held is a shifty nor’wester where leads regularly were exchanged from one side of the course to the other and you went from sitting to leeward to hiking in a New York Minute. Class Administrator Buttons Padin noted, “I’ve been sailing in these waters since I was 11 and I never experienced NW conditions this shifty. Did I say “NEVER?”

Sunday was a different story as a cold southerly blowing between 10 and 18 knots kept everyone on their toes. Not as shifty, but varied sea states on the two sides of the course with current as an added consideration.

In the end, LYC PRO Cynthia Parthemos got off a total of ten races with NESS, sailed by Mark Zagol, Tim Desmond, and Drew Buttner atop the leader board with five bullets, two firsts, and a fourth totaling 15 points for the win. The Day 1 leader, however, was Marek Zaleski, finished in second with 25 points (a very consistent score line with a first, two seconds, four thirds, and a fourth). Jay Rhame with Rachel and Peter Beardsley competed the podium in third with 28 points including a pair of firsts, a second, and two thirds in their score line.

It should be noted that Peter Beardsley, known for running post-racing debriefs, did a masterful job Saturday evening with Mark and Marek sharing solid tips on what they did to be in the lead.


LYC RC member and photographer Maureen Koeppel’s video

Now, it’s off to the North Americans in Gulfport!

Top  Photos Maureen C. Koeppel

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    Ed Padin: Viper 640 Class Administrator, Office: 914-834-8286  Address: 360 Huguenot St. #1709, New Rochelle, NY 10801 
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