The Viper 640 is a high-performance one-design sport boat. At 21 feet long and only 748 lbs, it combines the stiffness of a keelboat with the acceleration and planing abilities of a dinghy. The design mandate was "Simple, Clean and Effective". The Viper has a precise and exhilarating feel on the helm, a spacious cockpit for 3 people, strict one-design class rules and ease of launching by ramp or hoist.
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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.
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 made the most of the drive from New Jersey, winning Race 5 and becoming the only non-Steve to win a race at the 2014 event, which saw big breeze and planing conditions on Day 1, and steadily building sea breezes the other two days to allow for 9 races in total. Fifth place finishers, brothers Mark and Matt Rowlinson said, "We love our parents dearly, but curse them for not naming one of us Steve, or having a third brother named Steve who can hike all day without tiring." Results.
The Three Steves from left to right: Chapman, Conger and Gilbert, approaching a leeward mark at CORK 2014.
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.
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 from the infamous oyster bed at Middle Ground that has claimed many a Viper keel bulb.
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'.