Viper 640

IMG 1778The Viper 640 is a two to four person, high-performance sportboat. The open transom bails water instantly, even in extreme conditions. The Viper is simple, clean, and comfortable, with no protruding hardware and everything placed for efficiency. The Viper is light enough to be towed behind a compact car and simple enough to be rigged and sailed in under a half hour.

At ABYC, we have two cranes that can lanch the Viper and with nearly twenty boats we have the largest fleet of any yacht club in the world. The Viper 640 is strict one-design with no changes permitted to the boat as supplied by the class approved builder. The only option is sails, supplied by class approved sailmakers and strictly controlled through class rules, which encourages the development of tuning techniques with the help of the best sailors and sailmakers.

Come join us for great racing year round. We offer clinics, smaller club regattas to get your feet wet along with large events like Long Beach Race Week and in 2019 hosting the Viper 640 Worlds.  ABYC is an active, family oriented, volunteer driven club with myriad programs and activities for sailors, their families and friends. Contact fleet captain Tim Carter for more information about the fleet or about joining ABYC, visit this link and come to see us soon.

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So to get as much sailing in as possible before the worlds if you're a local LBC boat you should think about signing up for the Long Beach YC Wednesday night summer series.

Saturday April 27th clinic with Peter Beardsley from Larchmont YC in NY - 2018 Corinthian NA champ, 2018 Atlantic Coast Champ
Schedule will include an AM chalk talk about class legal modifications and what east coast boats are doing to make their Vipers faster out on the course.  Peter will go through boats and do on-land walkthroughs of rigging systems and tuning preferences. 
Then we will get out on the water and do some two-boat testing in various collector drills with Peter jumping between pairs in a coachboat (and possibly even hopping into Vipers) to make sure everyone's straight line speed and tuning is up to par, and ending the day with a couple of short course races.  If you want to make sure you know the latest and greatest in Viper-specific rigging tips and tricks and ensure that your straight-line speed will keep you toward the top of the fleet, you won't want to miss this.  
Along with post practice pizza and drinks, we'll go through the days photos so we can have a group discussion about what's working what where your boat needs help.
I am not a professional sailor (I did used to be a college and youth coach but that was a while ago).  I am a lawyer by day who does not consider himself to be a "natural" sailor.  As a result, I've worked very hard on my equipment, tuning, boathandling and boatspeed to move my way toward the top of the fleet.  I've gone from being a midfleet Viper sailor to one who can hang at the top at most events, and I'm happy to share everything I've learned from the top guys and some other stuff we've figured out along the way so that you can improve your game too.  
COST: $100
Contact Nick if you'd like to be included.

CURRENT ENTRIES (as of 04/04):

  • 300   Tim Carter
  • 148   Nick Kofski / Jim Sears
  • 287   Ed Feo
  • 301   James Baurley
  • 303   Nancy & Glenn Griley
  • 212   Dan Milefchik
  • 126   Tom Blanton
  • 223   Mike Pentecost
  • 107   Mike Hester
  • 026   Gabe Ferramola
  • 302   Chris Raab


Don't miss getting your Worlds crew together for a great weekend clinic with an Olympic coach.

More to come from Jay soon but plan on working on large fleet starts and acceleration, along with boat handling.

Cost: $100 per boat.  We will have a on shore chalk talk, on the water drills and debreif after.  Depending on breeze / partipatation we will do a practice on Sunday as well.  

Working out details for food drinks but the fleet will provide some drinks and we'll get the grill going and we can throw on some meat/veggies after.

Contact Nick if you'd like to be included.


CURRENT ENTRIES (as of 02/07):

  • 212   Dan Milefchik
  • 302   Chris Raab
  • 243   Dom Simonetti
  • 300   Tim Carter / Nigel Browett
  • 148   Nick Kofski / Jim Sears
  • 223   Mike Pentecost
  • 038   Ed Feo
  • 301   James Baurley
  • 026   Gabe Ferromola
  • 303   Nancy & Glenn Griley
  • 130   Mark Folkman
  • 133   Steve Myrter


A little about Jay to anyone who is new to sailing or has been living in a hole:


Turkey Day Regatta was well attended with twelve boats showing up for decent weekend of racing.  Saturday was pretty light but RC pulled off three races and we had a three way tie for first place going into Sunday between  Mike PentecostNick Kofski and Mark Folkman.  Sunday’s breeze was a bit better but more of the same but in the end  Nice ASP pulled off the fattest turkey trophy by one point over  FNG.

Thanks to all the fleet regulars who put together drinks in Viper row on Saturday night and welcome to some new faces to the Viper fleet with Gabe Ferramola from the Lidos and Chris Raab  from Lasers / J70s.  All results below:
1 Viper 640 223 Mike Pentecost Garrett Brown Ocean B Nice ASP ABYC/CBYC 1.0 3.0 (4.0) 1.0 1.0 3.0 13.0 9.0
2 Viper 640 148 Nick Kofski Scott Hoffmann Ocean B FNG ABYC 2.0 (4.0) 2.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 14.0 10.0
3 Viper 640 130 Mark Folkman Mike Galloway Ocean B Amateurs KHYC (5.0) 2.0 1.0 2.0 5.0 4.0 19.0 14.0
4 Viper 640 38 chris Raab   Ocean B   ABYC 4.0 (8.0) 3.0 6.0 7.0 5.0 33.0 25.0
5 Viper 640 212 Daniel Milefchik   Ocean B Boiling Point ABYC 3.0 5.0 7.0 (9.0) 3.0 8.0 35.0 26.0
6 Viper 640 267 Timothy Carter Marilyn Cassedy Ocean B Serpetine Alamitos Bay YC (10.0) 9.0 6.0 4.0 6.0 2.0 37.0 27.0
7 Viper 640 64 Todd Downey Adam Hamilton Ocean B Clown School Ventura Sailing Club 6.0 (12.0) 9.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 42.0 30.0
8 Viper 640 26 James Baurley   Ocean B   ABYC 8.0 6.0 5.0 8.0 8.0 (10.0) 45.0 35.0
9 Viper 640 126 Tori Blanton Ken Cooper, Danielle Ocean B Kimi ABYC 9.0 1.0 (11.0) 10.0 9.0 7.0 47.0 36.0
10 Viper 640 34 Gabe Ferramola Bill Ferramola Ocean B   ABYC 11.0 11.0 (12.0) 7.0 10.0 9.0 60.0 48.0
11 Viper 640 243 Dom Simonetti Javier Castellanos Ocean B   ABYC (13.0 DNS) 7.0 8.0 11.0 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 65.0 52.0
12 Viper 640 46 Greg Jackson * * Ocean B heroin ABYC 7.0 10.0 10.0 (13.0 DNC) 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 66.0 53.0
Next on the Viper schedule is Boxing Day Regatta if you can make it down on 12/26 for a day of bay pursuit racing.  If you like starting last and having to pass 40-50 Lidos / Sabots / Cal20s come on down!

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