Viper 640 June 2016 Update


The recent selection of the Viper 640 by the GYA has led to considerable demand for the Viper 640, both in sales of used and new boats. Already shipments have been made from Rondar’s production base to the many clubs involved.


The GYA’s opening regatta was competed by US Gulf sailing clubs (GYA) and by a rotating teams of club members. The new 18-boat Viper fleet selected by the GYA was used for the first time with great success.

Stepping back from the competition itself, this regatta was a major threshold that the Viper Class, the GYA, and Rondar Raceboats crossed together. Many of the GYA clubs have purchased pre-owned Vipers but eight competitors had brand new Vipers, delivered early May to Fairhope USA. More are on order for future delivery. This is a competitive series and the new Viper will be the first choice for inter-club racing.

Rondar’s Paul Young and Dan Tucker, assisted by Don Faircloth and Kip Keelin (among others), unpacked the new boats, trailed them to the Club and, joined by Buttons Padin, spent Friday before the event helping the new owners set-up and learn their new boats.


This is to be held at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club 15th -18th September, combined with the K6 National Championships.

For entry fee and details please contact Heather Chipperfield

There is a great slipway available with launching possible at most states of the tide. There is also a crane available at the RLymYC. Pontoons are available both at the Club and on the Harbour Master’s pontoon nearby (contact Lym Harbour Master for booking). A large car park is positioned right outside the Yacht Club.

Viper’s are very active in the USA and interest is growing around the world with fleets in Australia, Canada, Bermuda and the UK. The Class is now working towards International status especially with the planned championship event in Bermuda this coming November.


2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the design of the Viper 640 and the 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the Class Association. The Class is now a truly international class with Viper 640 fleets active in seven nations across three continents.

The Class Association is celebrating these milestones by hosting the first Viper 640 International Championship, with sailors competing for a prestigious new trophy open to Viper teams from around the world. The International Championship will be hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club on Bermuda’s Great Sound November 16-19, 2016, preceded by a warm-up regatta November 13-14.

There are over 50 Viper 640s already registered for the International Championship, with representative teams coming from North America, Europe and Australia, and it is anticipated this number will grow in the coming months.

This will be the largest one–design keel boat regatta ever hosted in Bermuda. If you want to sail a Viper then contact Paul Young, Rondar Raceboats, without delay read more!


The K6 UK Nationals on 15-18 September 2016, will be hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, alongside the Viper 640 Class. This is an ideal venue with racing in the Solent, launching by either crane or slipway at almost all states of the tide, ample pontoons and car parking, lively socials, plus a good selection of accommodation within walking distance.

Contact: Heather Chipperfield
Location: Royal Lymington Yacht Club
Accommodation Ideas  (The Mayflower pub is about 20 paces away from the club!)

Entry: The Entry fee will be £185/boat for all entries received before 21 August 2016. There is a late entry levy of £45 for any boats entering after that date.

Entries are now open
The NoR is available here

Preliminary Programme:

Wednesday 14 September
Registration Clubhouse 1700 – 1900 hrs
Bar & Galley Open Clubhouse 1800 hrs
Thursday 15 September
Registration Clubhouse 0930 – 1200 hrs
Race Briefing Clubhouse 1200 hrs
2 Races back to back 1400 hrs
Curry Night
(£10/person, book with entry)
Clubhouse 1930 hrs
Friday 16 September
K6 2016 AGM Clubhouse 0900 hrs
3 Races back to back Clubhouse 0900 hrs
Drinks Party East Hayes (Heather’s!) 1830 hrs
(£26/person, book with entry)
Lanes Restaurant
2030 hrs
Saturday 17 September
3 Races back to back 1200 hrs
Remote Control Yachting
(Price tbc – book with entry)
Sea Water Baths 1830 hrs
Gin tasting
(Price tbc – book with entry)
Clubhouse 1730 hrs
Championship Dinner
(£20/person – book with entry)
RLymYC 1930 hrs
Sunday 18 September
2 Races back to back
(Last start no later than 1430hrs)
1100 hrs
Championship Prizegiving Clubhouse c.1600 hrs
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