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Viper Sailing


Activity: Day Sailing on the Viper 640

I joined my long time Hobie Cat Racing friends Steve Myter and Dan Delave for a fun Summer’s Day, sailing Steve’s high performance dingy the Viper 640, a three man racer.

I have been racing Hobie Cats and other Catamarans, and for that matter other sailboats, with these two for decades both together as a team and more so against as competitors. On this particular Summer’s day it was just a fun sail with friends, and the conditions were as they are more often then not in Long Beach, perfect.

We have raced this small 21’ craft out of Alamitos Bay YC in Long Beach, California off and on for a couple of seasons. Steve and I had previously sailed together on a F18 Nacra Catamaran and were pretty fast in that class, but we never could quite master this monohull keel boat. I suppose the fact that it is missing a hull must have something to do with it, lol. The best we could manage was to become competitive. But it certainly is a fun boat that is for sure.

Photo Credit Viper 640 Class, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.
A day on the water Viper Sailing makes one almost giddy. Steve Myter on the helm with ABYC Commodore Dan Delave.
“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.” – L.A. Meyer
Here I am playing the kite on the Viper 640.

Thanks for joining Steve, Dan and I as our speedy dingy cut through the waters off of Long Beach, California. Blue skies, blue water, warm sunshine, nice breeze, full sails and good friends what more can you ask for? To continue ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ you can do a couple of things to not capsize when you are attempting to meet that delicate balance between everyday life filled with traffic, bills, schedules, and stress, counter balanced with sailing the ocean blue in complete harmony with nature: LIKE, COMMENT, FOLLOW, and SHARE, that way you will not miss another PBTA High Seas Adventure. If you like the cap I have on you should checkout SHOP APPAREL. If you go to the menu above you can find other adventurous sports and beautiful locations that PBTA ventures to throughout the West. Each is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently.

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Roger Jenkins

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