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2011 Viper 640 North American Championship - Held in Sarnia, ON



3:37 AM Mon 10 Oct 2011 GMT
'Jackpot - Three time Viper 640 North American Champs (photo by Jonathan Histed)' Harvey Barnes
The Viper 640 is one of the fastest growing sports boat in North America. Originally designed in 1998 it has gone through a resurgence in recent years when it was modernized by Rondar Boats based in the UK working closely with the very active class association. The 2011 North American Championships in Sarnia Canada was the final event in the EFG Pan American Series. This outcome for both events in 2011 all came down to the last race.
Going into the sixth and final race of the 2011 Viper North American Championships there was an unprecedented three way tie for first place.

Tied with twelve points each after discard were; Jackpot (Canada) - Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Erik Vigrass. Team Jackpot are two time North American champions going for the hat trick. They are also the hosts sailing on their home turf. Mambo Kings ( GBR) - Justin Scott, Ched Proctor and Peter Largess from Connecticut and Newport. ANIMAL (USA) - Jeff Jones, Drake Borer (aka the Sea Monkey) and Jeff. The hard charging, hard partying team from Texas.

Only three points back and still very much in contention was the British/Australian team of Fer De Lance:- Glyn Locke (Isle of Wight), David Chapman (Royal Sydney), and Ian Nicholson (Hayling Island Sailing Club) - Aka 'The Brits'. Glyn had shipped over his boat from the UK for the Pan Am series and the same team flew over and sailed together in Miami, Newport and now Sarnia, Canada. Winning in Miami, the Brits were leading the Pan American championship series and going into the last race of the North Americans they were still in a position to wear both crowns.