BACARDI Miami Sailing Week

The mantra “a bad day on the water is better than a good day at the office” will resonate with many of the sailors who have been racing at the fifth BACARDI Miami Sailing Week Presented by EFG. While the breeze Friday was higher than allowed for competition by some Class Rules, Saturday’s finale saw so little wind it appeared as though a raft-up was taking place on Biscayne Bay instead of a regatta. In the VX One class, Donovan Brennan (Mobile, AL) took the win in the 21-strong fleet with seven points after finishes of 5-1-1. David Bolyard (Portsmouth, RI) and Kevin Northrop (Daphne, AL), were second and third, respectively, tied on eight points each. David Reich (Trussville, AL) took fourth overall with 13 points, while Charles Brown (Newport, RI) finished fifth with 14 points. “Wow, winning this race was extraordinary for a couple reasons,” said Brennan who sailed with his son and daughter. “I won it with my family. I came into it with no expectations. I believe we won on energy, and as far as technicalities go, we had a flatter give then the others did. We were at 23 knots yesterday. Winning was just as great as it was running into old friends and Olympians. This was my first BACARDI and probably will not be my last.” For a full report, results, and photo gallery, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=915.

St. Pete NOOD

Five VX One’s competed at the Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD on Tampa Bay from February 14-16. In the six races, Brian Bennett’s VX Racing tallied 4 bullets, plus a second and a third for 9 total points. Andrew Walford’s Commando placed second with 15 points. Then Michael Norris and Jim Myers tied on points with 20. For complete regatta information, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/st-petersburg.

Lawrence Frost Wins VX ONE Midwinter Championship

Lawrence Frost and his Flash Gordon crew won the first day of the VX ONE Midwinter Championship, and that was all they needed to earn the title. Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida, two races were completed Friday, but a lack of breeze prevented racing the following two days. Frost, of Metairie, LA, notched a second and a first to total 3 points in the 15-boat fleet. David Reich on USA135 took second place with 5 points, and Rob Doolittle’s The Spaniard third with 6 points. Photos are available on the VX ONE Class Facebook page, and complete event details/results are online at www.vxonemw.com.

Frost Takes Early Lead at VX ONE Midwinter Championship

Lawrence Frost and his Flash Gordon crew grabbed the advantage after the first day of the VX ONE Midwinter Championship. Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida, two races were completed. Frost, of Metairie, LA, notched a second and a first to lead the 15-boat fleet with 3 points. David Reich on USA135 rests in second with 5 points, and Rob Doolittle’s The Spaniard in third with 6 points. Winds began at 10-12 knots when Doolittle won the first race, trailed by Frost and Reich. Winds soon increased to 16 knots and were shifty. Following Frost in race two were Reich and Donovan Brennan’s Smuggler. Temperatures held around 60 degrees under cloudy and misty skies. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the VX ONE Class Facebook page, and complete event details/results are online at www.vxonemw.com.

VXOne 2013 North American’s in Dallas, TX

 

The VXOne is a very cool new 2-3 person 19 ft performance sail boat! I shot this regatta on a lake near Dallas and was so surprised by Rush Creek Yacht Club on the shores of lake Hubbard. A great setting, a beautiful clubhouse and a superbly run event. It was a blast! We had great conditions (a little more sunshine would have been very welcome) and the fleet of 20 something boats put on an awesome show and showed how much fun sailboat racing can be. For the on the water shooting I used a Canon XF300 camcorder with a Kenyon 6×6 gyro to stabilize it all. This was my first time with the 6×6 Kenyon gyro and what a difference it made. Thanks to Randy and his team at Kenyon for helping me set up my on the water shooting rig, it sure worked! See for your self how steady the clips are. To take the weight of the camera and gyro off my arms and back I used the Swedish EasyRig which is every mans dream; a sky hook to hang the camera on. I could shoot like this all day long.

A big thank you to Hayden Bennet for driving the chase boat, Halsey Fulton for the editing of the video and to Brian Bennet, the designer of the VXOne for the assignment.

BACARDI Miami Sailing Week

Registration is open and despite being 4 months away from the event, we already have a number of sailors that are impatient to race! Take advantage of the reduced registration fee and register online at www.miamisailingweek.com. The Notice of Race for each class is available on the website as well.

BACARDI Miami Sailing Week announces partnership with Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and the Coco Walk: Each year we look for new ways to improve your stay in Coconut Grove and we work hard in making sure that the week you spend in South Florida is one of the most memorable of the year. This is the reason why we have decided to partner with Coconut Grove Business Improvement Center and the Coco Walk. We want to be able to offer you the best deals in restaurants, bars, stores and hotels. Look for your “Sailor’s Discount Card” in your Skipper bag and make sure you keep it with you always. It will grant you discounts and special promotions throughout the week around Coconut Grove.

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