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Jon Stubbs

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Vipers hit Eastern Australian Circuit
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:58:28 PM »
Mark Griffiths began importing the Viper 640 to the east coast of Australia last September.

Recently Mark and his crew completed his first two regattas in his Viper, "Circus School":

The Geelong Race Week and last weekend, the State titles in New South Wales. He was racing against some of the country’s hottest sportsboats using the Sportsboat Measuring System (SMS)

Marks first regatta, in January, was Geelong Race Week.
16 boats of 11 different designs competed. (Thompson 7’s, 8s, Shaw 650’s, Bethwaite 79er, Sports 8, magic 25, Elliots, etc)

Mark finished a creditable 4th place and finished with four 1st placings in the 8 race series. Understandably, in their first regatta in a Viper, some inconsistent results and an OCS proved costly.

Last weekend Mark competed in the NSW State Titles. 17 boats of 13 diferent designs competed in the event.
A strong weather system moved over the coast on the weekend and Saturday’s racing had to be cancelled due to strong wind, consistently over 25 knots. On Sunday it moderated between high teens and 25 knots. The race control got in as many races as they could. In the end they squeezed in 5 races, which all counted.

Included in the fleet was the virtually unbeaten, Stealth 8, Raptor and Geelong Race Week winner Monkey Business.

Mark showed what a bit of regatta time in the Viper will do.

In the end he finished in second place behind Thompson 8, Zippier.

It is great to see the Viper is a fantastic OD and does so well in a mixed fleet on SMS too.

Garrett Johns

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Re: Vipers hit Eastern Australian Circuit
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2013, 10:40:18 PM »
That is some cool stuff right there!! Nice work Mark!
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Re: Vipers hit Eastern Australian Circuit
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 09:58:50 AM »
Boxes of Vipers heading to OZ soon. Lucky stiffs.

Jon, any of you guys coming up for the NA's?

You had BETTER be coming to Long Beach for the 2014 NA's.....I'm buyin :-D
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Re: Vipers hit Eastern Australian Circuit
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2013, 07:03:46 PM »
we need to figure out how to get a box-o-boats shipped from OZ to LB for the event..  :)
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