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Peter Beardsley

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2011 Larchmont season recap/HPDO
« on: October 10, 2011, 06:59:55 PM »
The inaugural LYC Viper season wrapped up its local racing this weekend at the High Performance Dinghy Open hosted by AYC.  28 Vipers showed up, and the LYC boats towed over to the racecourse each day courtesy Tom Spelman, Peter Bauer and Jamie Anderson, who was guest skippering 163 with Cam McKnight and Ann Corvi as crew.  The wind was less than 8 knots all weekend, but solid RC work allowed for 7 races, and there was never a race where we ever said to ourselves "we should definitely not be racing right now".  Plenty of beer between the pre-stocked cooler of Schaefer on the tow back to LYC and the free Heineken at AYC afterward.  A couple of pictures from Saturday's racing attached (link to 150+ pics in the HPDO thread at http://forum.viper640.org/index.php?topic=1059.45 -- more coming from photoboat.com)

There was a nice Viper debrief before dinner at AYC on Saturday, where the class announced that U.S. production of Vipers will begin this March thanks to Rondar entering into a JV with a Marblehead builder, so that is exciting news.  44+ Vipers have already been delivered in 2011, and hull 200 looks to be built at some point this winter.

As for the results...LYC owned the top of the scoreboard.  In the final race on Saturday, LYC Vipers rounded the weather mark 1 through 4, and only a bad layline call by me prevented 161 from joining the fray to make it 1-5.  Jason Carroll, Chad Corning and Charles Swanson on 160 won the regatta by seven points and were fast and consistent all weekend.  Team Wild Hogs (Bauer, Gabe Jostrom, Doug Lynn) was in second going into Sunday and finished a close third overall behind 3-time defending North American champion Brad Boston, who had LYC member Stephane Lautner aboard as crew.  Team Eclipse/Red Stripe on 163 finished 6th and won the final race on Saturday, Vicious Panda and its excellent new spinnaker finished 8th while being the only team to sail 4-up (Dave & James Owen, me, Daniel Belcher), Bob Matthews was 12th.  It's clear that the new boats and newer sails are fast, and the LYC group getting out for a few days of local racing and practice over the past 5 weeks also helped.

To top off a solid weekend, LYC member Patrick Mauro announced post racing on Sunday after crewing on Viper 95 from Indian Harbor that he is in with Gabe Jostrom for a 2012 Viper -- so that is fantastic news for our growing fleet, meaning we have at least 2 new boats coming next year, with another 2-3 still in negotiations.  All that is left for Gabe and Pat to do is put in the deposit this week and decide on a waterline stripe color (crimson?).

Since this was the last regatta that we will count toward our local standings in 2011, the spreadsheet has been updated, and Team Wild Hogs's strong performance this weekend leapfrogged them ahead of team Vicious Panda to win the first ever fleet championship, .8594 to .8522 in the Cox Sprague scoring system -- a difference of 4 boats in any one race over the weekend.  It is fitting to have our fleet captain take home the title in year one, since without his vision and persistence, it's unlikely there would be any Vipers at LYC at all (apparently the whole "screw you guys, I'm getting a boat with or without you" method of fleet building is very effective).  Final spreadsheet attached -- 160 was 3 races shy of qualifying for the title, otherwise we might have a different name on the perpetual in year 1.  With Melges 32 Worlds in the U.S. in 2012, I'm expecting those guys to qualify the Viper next year to give us a high target to aim at and compete against.   The new perpetual trophy will have to be awarded at a party this winter when talking about the 2012 season.

At least two LYC teams (159, 163) are headed to Stamford this Saturday for SYC's one-day Viper Open, and it sounds like there may be as many as a dozen Viper teams in attendance since a couple New England teams dropped off boats on their way home from AYC.   
Larchmont YC Fleet
Viper 269 "Great Scott!"
Formerly Viper 222 "Ghost Panda" and Viper 161 "Vicious Panda"

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Re: 2011 Larchmont season recap/HPDO
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2012, 11:40:02 AM »
The new LYC Viper perpetual trophy is in the mail from Australia, final version attached in 2.5D. 
Larchmont YC Fleet
Viper 269 "Great Scott!"
Formerly Viper 222 "Ghost Panda" and Viper 161 "Vicious Panda"