Viper 640 Worlds Preview

Australia is infamous for its dangerous animals. It has sharks, crocodiles, spiders, and more deadly snakes than any other country worldwide. As if this isn’t enough, next week there will be more Vipers sliding into Perth from around the world for the Viper 640 World Championship.


The event will be sailed on the Swan River, hosted by South of Perth Yacht Club. Action at the Viper 640 World Championship starts on Saturday 17th February and Sunday 18th February, with two morning, short course regattas.

The Worlds start on Monday 19th February, with three to four races scheduled each day. This is the second World Championship for the Class and the first major championship outside of North America.

A fleet of 26 boats from Australia, Canada, England, South Africa and the USA will contest the series. Australia has the largest contingent with sailors, coming from as far as Queensland and New South Wales. Western Australia will field a strong team, with boats from Perth and Albany.

The local WA contingent will be led by recent WA State champion, Graeme Monkhouse and will be strengthened by the inclusion of former Flying Fifteen World Champion, Nic Jerwood. Nic will make a formidable team with his son, match racer, Matt Jerwood, and Brian De Vries. Talented sailor and Olympic coach, Dennis Jones has chartered a boat and can be relied upon to add class to the fleet.

Internationally, the fleet is strongest in North America, and USA Class Governor Justin Scott and Canadian Champion, Steve Chapman will make the long journey to Australia, and expect to finish in the placings.

Alex Schon will be the first South African to join the Viper ranks at a world championship and Lawrence Crispen, EFG Winter Cup and Bacardi Miami Sailing Week regatta winner, will represent England.

A highlight of the social calendar will be the cocktail party held at the Fremantle Maritime Museum. Sailors and guests will watch the sun set over Fremantle Harbour, sipping cocktails under the bow of famous 12m yacht, Australia II, which is suspended, fully rigged, in the iconic museum.

The Closing ceremony and Awards at SoPYC will be held on Friday 23rd February, where the Viper640 World Championship Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to the overall winner.

Visitors are welcome to inspect the boats at SoPYC and view the racing from several vantage points overlooking the course.

Six Fireflies delivered to University College Dublin

Students happy with the new boats we delivered this week.

“Our new UCDSC boats have finally arrived!! The hulls are going to look v stun with our new sails and we’d like to give a big big thank you to our sponsors @bankofireland for their continuous support throughout xxx Thanks to @ucdsport for also helping this project succeed, and we are beyond grateful to our boat builders Rondar, for doing such a great job, they really do look great.”

Eagan Wins 2017 Viper 640 North American Championship

After three days of close, competitive racing, Charleston, SC, sailors Tom Loutrel, John Bowden and Karl Schutte held a fragile eight point lead in the fifty-four boat fleet having finished in the top four for all except one of the preceding nine races. The top four boats at that point were separated by only 13 points in a fleet that kept turning itself inside out. Loutrel held the lead throughout the first three days and credited his success to having stayed in the pressure and in phase as the winds had osculated unpredictably.


Going into Saturday’s final two races, only 13 points separated the top four teams: Loutrel; Marcus Eagan in second, sailing for Mississippi’s Bay Waveland Yacht Club with his brother Andrew and Jackson Benvenutti; Brad Boston from Sarnia, ON, sailing with Lee Shuckerow and Dave Shriner; and last year’s Viper Worlds and NAs Champ Zeke Horowitz from Annapolis, MD, sailing with Ian Coleman and Luke Lawrence. It was anyone’s Championship to win.


Loutrel’s winning ways began to fade as he finished ninth in the penultimate race. Horowitz won that race with Boston third and Eagan fourth narrowing the gap between the top four to ten points. With the winds shifting to the southwest and increasing to the high teens, a general recall was signaled for the first attempt to start the final race. Loutrel was over early with the Z Flag flying earning him a penalty that would cost him the Championship. Horowitz had also won the final race, but he was still one point over Loutrel keeping Zeke and team off this year’s podium. Boston scored another third moving him ahead of Loutrel but it was Eagan’s fourth place finish that earned him the Championship in the final race.


Eagan noted, “What a great regatta and we’re thrilled to have won. I really like sailing the Viper 640. It has great tuning capabilities and is physical enough to know you’re really sailing. And the competition in this Championship was excellent with great event management, stellar conditions, and wonderful people to compete against. I look forward to doing more Viper racing.”

For video highlights of the championship by Petey Crawford of Penalty Box Productions visit the event’s Facebook page

Photos Viper 640 Class Association

Another Rondar win at 505 Worlds

Well done to Mike Holt & Carl Smit for winning the 2017 505 World Championships with a day to spare. Mike’s 3rd win & Rondars 19th !


photo by Bill Wagner

2017 K6 UK Nationals Report

Weymouth harbour greeted the K6 fleet for their championship on the Friday with a full 40 knots blowing over the wall.

After a couple of hours wait, and even with a slight reduction in the wind strength, it was decided to postpone and make an early start the following day. So it was all off to the Red Lion in Weymouth and then a fabulous Italian meal at il Porto in the old brewery building. We’ll draw a veil over those who then hit the nightclub.

Saturday dawned with a stiff breeze but good enough to get some good and what turned out to be spectacular racing.


With a few new faces in the fleet no one quite knew how the order would turn out, however it was three past champions who were soon seen at the front of the fleet battling it out.

The efficient race team at WPNSA turned around five 40-minute race in quick succession. The racing was tight and one mistake such as a broach or bad hoist quickly meant a loss of places. Mistakes were aplenty with Lawrence and Luka missing the finishing mark, Dave Hall’s team broaching just before the finish line and Neil Fulcher’s team twisting and dragging their spinnaker just to mention a few.

At the end of the day a tired but happy fleet returned with Dave, Paul & Ellie tying for first with Lawrence and Luka.

Saturday evening was spent at the ‘Boat that Rocks’ with the fleet enjoying fish and chips and a good chat.

The forecast for Sunday was looking bleak with an increasing wind through the morning, an early start was planned with the intention of getting a race or two in before the strong wind kicked in. With the wind building even before the new start time it was decided that there would be no sailing leaving Dave, Paul & Ellie as winners on countback.

Thanks to WPNSA who ran a superb event.


Full results at

2017 Viper & K6 UK National Championships


The entry is now open to the K6 & Viper Nationals, hosted from 8-10 September by Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.
All details, including NoR, entry form, socials, is at Please would you enter on the form at this link and I will let you know how to pay.
Social The plan is to eat at Billy Winters –… – on Friday night, and at The Boat That Rocks in Portland Harbour – – on Saturday night. You can let us know the number of people from your party accompanying us on the entry form. We will split the bill so no advance payment required.

Contact Heather Chipperfield for more K6 information on

Or Debbie Jarvis for more Viper information on

Weymouth & Portland Harbour


Viper & K6 Eurocup Results

The 2017 Rondar Eurocup event at Lake Garda saw winds range from 0 to 60 knots.
The Viper class was won by GBR 274 Lawrence Crispin, Hestor Cisneros & Andy Leigh
2nd – AUS 217 Murray Howson, Chris O’Keefe, John Parks
3rd – AUS 279 Graeme Monkhouse, Heather Monkhouse, Nick Lewins. Robby Stout
The K6 class won by GBR 220 Dave Hall , Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy
2nd – GBR 222 Neil Fulcher, Oliver Boosey, Harry Clarke
3rd – GBR 213 Nick Jones, Twinkie Jones, Steve Dewherry

Boats heading for Garda

Two new Vipers & a K6 have left the factory with Dave Hall on their way to Garda for the Eurocup which starts on Monday. Follow the results on the Rondar Facebook page.


Now the Official Builder for the Squib Class

The New Rondar Squib


  •  Class proven for more than 46 years
  •  Regularly one of the largest classes at Cowes Week
  •  New internal design with self draining cockpit
  •  Low maintenance construction system
  •  Construction complies with the RCD
  •  Hull form and sail plan remain unchanged
  •  Fresh, more modern feel
  •  Quality double skin foam sandwich construction
  •  Ergonomic deck design and fittings layout
  •  Can be left on moorings without the need for bailing
  •  Ideal for sailing schools, holiday venues

Vertical Rudders Finally a Reality

At the November 2016 AGM in Bermuda, the Class approved a retrofit for the Viper allowing the rudder to aligned vertically. This is being done to provide better steering and control in heavier conditions.

Viper 640 New Rudder
The Class Approved Viper vertical rudder adapter kits are available for pre-order at the Rondar parts website:  

North American Orders   Australian & European Orders

The adapter kit includes a new rudder bracket to replace your current one (see photo below) plus an angled tiller so you can use your existing rudder.

Depending upon demand, Rondar expects to ship the first batch in early April.

As the vertical rudder orientation is expected to generate higher loads on the hardware, Rondar is only building the new gudgeon plates with 10mm bearings for the stronger 10mm pintles. The upside is that these are a wearing part, so the smaller 8mm pintles would have to be replaced at some point anyway. Boats with sail numbers #224 or higher came with 10mm diameter rudder pintles and should order the “A kit” ($160 / £120).

Boats with sail numbers up to and including #223 should order the “B kit” ($320 / £214). This kit includes a pair of 10mm Seasure rudder pintles in addition to the gudgeon and tiller. Some boats may already have replaced their pintles, and therefore we recommend that you measure the pins on your rudder before ordering. If they measure just under 3/8ths of an inch in diameter, then you need to order Kit B, which includes two new pintles.