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  Viper Class News
November 18, 2015
Christian Manchester sailing at Mach 1 during Viper 640 NAs. NY Skyline in background.
Photo: Linda Berkeley Weiss

The Viper Class is a true grass roots Class that is driven by it's members and volunteers that are fellow Viper owners and sailors. It's time to renew your membership for 2015. You can do so here


 2015-16 Viper 640 Class Membership 




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Although it's getting a bit chilly for many in the Viper 640 community, there are still a lot of Viper regattas to be raced in the warmer climes. Here are some of the upcoming events you should be putting on your calendar:
Turkey Day Regatta
November 21-22, 2015
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, CA

Thirteen teams registered and there's still time to sign-up. A fall classic, the ABYC Turkey Day Regatta lets you visit sunny SoCal with Viper Gov Timbo Carter and the rest of the SoCal Viper fleet. Always fun racing Vipers in a multi-class regatta and the Turkey Day Regatta is no exception. In addition, and in the spirit of the season, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is supporting the Children's Clinic of Long Beach.

For NoR and to register click HERE 


ASBA Queensland State Championship
December 5-6, 2015
Southport Yacht Club

The 2015 ASBA Queensland State Championship s are all set to take place at Southport Yacht Club on December 5th and 6th. Organize the crew, chill the beers, and get involved!

Nor Link HERE
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Western Australia State Championship
December 5-6, 2015
South of Perth Yacht Club

The Vipers will hold their second State Championship at South of Perth Yacht Club. With a new fleet in Albany we have some new faces. If last year's inaugural championship was any indication, the racing should be tight and exciting. Look out for beers and oysters in the boat park afterwards.

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2016 ASBA Australian Championship
January 5-8, 2016
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron

The 2016 ASBA National Title regatta returns to RQYS at Manly, Brisbane in January 2016.  Dates are scheduled to best allow some travelling time to get there and home from anywhere in the country.
Now is the time to book some leave, book some accommodation (motel on site), and secure the leave pass.

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Meanwhile, back in the U.S., here's what's coming up:

Sarasota Sailing Squadron
December 12-13, 2015
January 9-10, 2016
February 6-7, 2016

T-Minus One Month Until the Kick Off of the Sarasota Viper Winter Series - 26 teams already registered.

Almost halfway through November and with only thirty days to go until we kick off the 2015-16 Sarasota Winter Series, it is still practically summer down here in southwest Florida. Highs are peaking in the upper 80's with lots of sun and good breeze. As most of the country wraps up it's sailing season, here in Sarasota we are just getting fired up!

EFG Winter Cup
March 5-6, 2016
US Sailing Center Miami

The NoR with instructions for online registration and crew waivers are posted on the website. Now is the time to call the US Sailing Center to make your boat storage reservation for the Winter Cup and the EFG Pan-American Championship.

NoR and Online Registration Links HERE
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EFG Viper Pan American Championship
Part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week sponsored by EFG
March 10-12, 2016

Sailed over three days, this is the culmination of the past year's EFG Viper Pan-American Championship qualifying regattas. Sailed out of Coral Reef Yacht Club as part of the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week sponsored by EFG.

NoR and Online Registration Links HERE 
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Sperry Charleston Race Week
2016 Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship
April 14-17, 2016
Charleston Harbor Marina

Great sailing, great parties, great town to visit. The country's No. 1 regatta for keelboats will be turning 21 in 2016, and you know what that means. It's all legal now. Well, actually, only the legal things are legal, but that won't keep us from planning our best regatta yet for the 2016 Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship.

Come enjoy superb competition across 18 different classes with courses set by the best race officials in the business and shoreside hospitality that is second to none.

NoR and online registration link HERE
Do you have a regatta coming up?
If so, send to Buttons Padin the following: Name of the event, location (host club), dates, a brief description of the event (promoting why someone should participate), and links to the NoR and online registration. Buttons will post on the website's Events listing and include in future newsletters.

Did you have a regatta? 
If so, send a recap of the event and a link to results to Buttons Padin and he'll post online and may include in a future newsletter.


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