Vipers strike

The Viper 640 Class hits the Swan River as an international fleet compete for the World Championships.

The International Viper 640 Class has announced it will host the next World Championship Regatta from 17 to 23 February, 2018 at South of Perth Yacht Club, Western Australia. Over 40 Vipers are expected to compete in the Regatta sailed on the Swan River.

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.

Action at the Viper 640 World Championship starts on Saturday 17 February and Sunday 18 February, with two morning, short course regattas.


The Worlds start on Monday 19 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.

SoPYC is one of the largest yacht clubs in Australia with more the 2,300 members and truly magnificent world class facilities.

Commodore Mr Mark Nicholas said “We are very excited to be hosting the Viper 640 World Championships”.

“The Viper is a remarkable boat and we see it as one of our core future classes”. The Viper 640 Australian Class president Graeme Monkhouse said, “We are aiming to host the largest Viper regatta ever outside of North America with 20 local West Australian Vipers eager to go against some of the best Viper sailors coming in from around the world.”