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Ed "Buttons" Padin, Class Administrator

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Fleet Profile: Bermuda
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:39:54 PM »
The 2016 Viper 640 North American Championship will be held in Bermuda and, to give us all a preview of what Vipering on Bermuda’s Great Sound will be like, Butch Agnew provided the following report on their recent racing:

The Bermuda Viper fleet now stands at four, three in Bermuda and one in the US. There is talk of other new owners and potential boat shares, and as such we are hoping to see the fleet grow in 2015.  In the fourth quarter of 2014 the Bermuda Class Association was formed, and members will start racing locally in the winter of 2015.

Current Fleet:
BER 73   Raggamuffin
BER 125    Smokin
BER 156    Honey Badger
BER 160    Overproof

Overproof is a U.S. based boat which will allow the local fleet to participate in the U.S. regatta circuit with more regularity. This will greatly assist the local fleet’s’ specialty in jive talking and consuming large amounts and promoting Dark & Stormys, the national drink of Bermuda.

Overproof competed in the High Performance Dinghy Open, better known as the “HPDO.” The regatta slogan: “Great racing, great friends, great beer.” was spot on and the Bermudian team was shown amazing hospitality while in the NY area. The event saw 30 boats competing in 8 races over two days, with the leader board constantly shuffling and 15 teams posting at least one race result in the top 5. Overproof managed to sneak into third place overall in what was an extremely competitive fleet with tight racing. More importantly Overproof managed to grab glory by making the November cover of Windcheck sporting the Dark and Stormy Black Seal kite.

Needless to say after experiencing sailing on Long Island Sound in October, we plan to bring significantly more clothing for the 2015 North Americans in Larchmont!

Locally the Viper fleet competed in the inaugural Bermuda Nationals (held annually in November for all keelboats). Three boats attended and were able to complete three races in building breeze. Lots of mixing it up in the fleet, and amongst the other fleets that were out there on the same circle - J105, IOD, and Etchells.

The final race saw big wind shifts and massive breeze at the finish, which stripped the spinnaker halyard on Smokin, and Honey Badger headed in following some keel box issues. Smokin and Ragamuffin headed back into the dock a bit later and got hung up in 38 knots with the kites up.
Despite the carnage, Smokin was crowned Bermuda National Champion for 2014 followed in second by Honey Badger and third with Raggamuffin. This regatta, although small in fleet size, turned many heads in the Great Sound – the fleet is looking forward to building numbers in 2015 competing as a regular fleet for Saturday fleet racing, Wednesday night sailing series, and various PHRF regattas throughout the year.

The Bermuda Viper fleet is also very happy to have been selected to host the 2016 Viper 640 North Americans. We are working on corporate sponsorship and expect to have detailed plans available for all potential participants to consider by mid-year 2015.
Looking ahead internationally the Bermuda fleet plans to compete in the Viper regattas at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, The EFG Winter Cup, the EFG/Bacardi Miami Race Week with the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship, Charleston Race Week, HPDO, and the 2015 North Americans. We look forward to seeing everyone out on the race course, and look forward to hosting in 2016 in Bermuda.
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