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Story Contributors: Jackson Benvenutti, Zeke Horowitz, Austin Powers


Experts Share Fastest Numbers for the Vipers

North Sails Viper 640 experts, led by reigning World Champion Jackson Benvenutti and former World Champion Zeke Horowitz with help from Annapolis NOOD Champion Austin Powers, have been hard at work updating your Viper 640 North Sails Tuning Guide. This guide features key updates to make sure your speed stays consistent with the fastest teams in the world.

What’s New?

You will find a new measurement for a shorter headstay, an update on mast butt placement, and hear about new techniques for using your mast blocks and lower shrouds to control headstay tension. You will also discover updated guides for weather jib sheeting as well as how that relates to the vang and cunningham settings. As always, this guide serves to get everyone in the ballpark for world championship caliber speed. Your North Sails experts are eager to help you dial-in and fine tune so you and your team can be set up for success.

Contact us any time! We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.


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Story Contributors

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Jackson Benvenutti

One Design Expert — New Orleans, Louisiana

Jackson grew up sailing at Bay-Waveland Yacht Club and Southern Yacht Club and was an accomplished Optimist sailor. He attended the College of Charleston, where he was a two-time All American. Jackson actively races in the J/70, Viper, Flying Scot,...

New Viper 640 Tuning Guide Released headshot
Zeke Horowitz

One Design Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Zeke Horowitz grew up in Sarasota, Fla. where he quickly took to sailing and began racing in the Optimist Class at the age of nine. His Optimist racing took him all over the world and inspired his passion for sailing...

New Viper 640 Tuning Guide Released headshot
Austin Powers

Sail Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Austin started his sailing career at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA, racing Optis and Laser Radials in the FBYC junior race program and sailing with his parents on their cruising boat. The sailmaking industry was always on his...