Chris Alexander’s Isabelita dominated the standings at the VX ONE North American Championship to claim the title with 19 points. No races occurred on Saturday, after nine races were completed Thursday and Friday. Hosted by Newport Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island, Phip Hallowell and Chuck Brown’s The Wagon placed second with 39 points, and Tom Chiginsky’s VX140 rounded out the top three with 50 points. Nineteen VX Ones registered, representing Canada, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands and the United States. Visit www.vxonenac.com for complete results.
Chris Alexander’s Isabelita notched a 1,2,2,4,2 in Friday’s five races at the VX ONE North American Championship to take a commanding advantage into the final day of competition. Hosted by Newport Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island, Alexander has totaled 19 points with a line of 2,(5),4,2,1,2,2,4,2. Phip Hallowell and Chuck Brown’s The Wagon moved into second place (44 points), and Tom Chiginsky’s VX140 remains in third (50 points). After Alexander won Friday’s opening bout (with Kevin Northrop in the silver position and Lawrence Frost’s Flash Gordon in the bronze), Brian Bennett won the next four contests. Alexander was runner up in race six, and the Hallowell/Brown team third. Alexander again took second in race seven, as Chiginsky followed. Jim Myers’ Satisfaction grabbed second in the day’s fourth battle, with Hallowell & Brown behind. Alexander returned to the number two spot in the day’s last race, trailed by Myers. Racing concludes Saturday for the 19 VX Ones, representing Canada, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands and the United States. Visit www.vxonenac.com for complete results.
Four races were completed as the VX ONE North American Championship got underway Thursday, hosted by Newport Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Brian Bennett’s Bennett Racing and Chris Alexander’s Isabelita are locked in a tie for first place at 15 points each. Bennett notched a 1,7,2,5, while Alexander tallied 3,5,5,2. Tom Chiginsky’s VX140 holds third place with 21 points. It was Bennett who began the championship with a victory, while the team of Phip Hallowell and Chuck Brown on The Wagon took the silver position. Alexander placed third. Jeff Jones’ Animal r2 GFlash moved to the top spot in race two as Chiginsky and Lawrence Frost’s Flash Gordon filled out the top three. The Hallowell/Brown duo snatched the win in the following contest, tailed by Bennett and Paul Currie’s Wild Deuces. Chiginsky ended the day on a high note, as did Alexander and Donovan Brennan’s Team Smuggler behind him. Racing continues through Saturday for the 19 VX Ones, representing Canada, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands and the United States. Visit www.vxonenac.com for complete results.
The third annual VX One North American Championship kicks off Thursday, July 17 from Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island. Nineteen VX Ones, representing Canada, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands and the United States, are gathering for three days of competition. Reigning North American Champion Rob Doolittle (from last year’s event at Rush Creek Yacht Club in Rockwall, Texas) is set to defend his title in Newport. For a full listing of entrants and for complete regatta information/results, go towww.vxonenac.com.
Sailors from 21 US states and eight countries gathered in Newport for Sail Newport’s annual Newport Regatta on July 11-13, featuring Bacardi Newport Race Week with long-term sponsors Heineken and new sponsor Helly Hansen. The mammoth event on four circles of racing on Narragansett Bay, in its 31st year, requires over 100 volunteers and partnerships with New York Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport Yacht Club and Barrington Yacht Club. Racing couldn’t have been much tighter for the top three VX Ones, as just two points separated them in the end. Robby Brown’s VX Racing came out on top with 14 net points in the nine races. Tim Desmond and Brian Bennett’s Satisfaction was just one point behind in second place. And just one point further behind in third was the Chuck Wagon team of Phip Hallowell and Chuck Brown. 11 VX Ones were registered. For complete results click here.
This weekend, 19 boats competed for the Newport IYAC Cup sponsored by Bud Light. Held every year by IYAC (rated as one of the top sailor bars in the country)—an infamous stopping point for all pro sailors during their stay in Newport—the race is usually around Jamestown. Due to the breeze, it was a modified shorter course of 13.5 miles. Since the America’s Cup left, it’s probably the biggest bar bragging rights in town. Past winners include Javlin, Rambler and Bill Mack. This year, breeze was 18-25 knots, with three VX One’s competing—Jim Myers, Phil Hallowell and Tim Pitts. The course took the VX One’s in Class One from Jameston to Portsmouth and down the harbor. There were three lead changes upwind, including boats such as the TP52s. The three VX One’s rounded fifth, sixth and seventh overall, but the race changed completely when the kites went up. Check out the drone video by (clicking here). The VX One’s hit confirmed speeds of 23-24 knots, and were ripping down the bay. They caught all the “fast boats” who had previously held a 7-8 minute lead. It was complete domination. Even the Race Committee was shocked to see the VX One’s finish first, second and fourth overall. It was a complete showing of what this boat can do, even with a wide variety of crew weight and experience. The boat was very stable and a blast going downwind. The event definitely opened eyes is Newport, as the VX One is the smallest boat to win the Cup. Owners in the bigger boats now want a ride on the VX One! The Newport Cup, founded in 1992, is a traditional around Conanicut Island (Jamestown) race. Bud Light has been the race’s core sponsor for all 22 events, and Goslings Black Seal has been on board for the last six. The race is open to any entrant with a PHRF rating and has enjoyed a wide variety of sailing vessels. The IYAC also hosts a Sportboat Series every Monday night in the summer. It began in 2010 and is open to all Sportboats up to 32′. The idea is that most racing does not cater specifically to these types of large planing dinghies, so they decided to give these guys a start and see how it goes. They have had Viper 640s, International 14s, J/80s, Garage Rockets, and most recently VX Ones and Marstrom 32 Cats. On any given Monday, they have 6-7 VX Ones. The IYAC also hosts the “Newport Cup” race around Conanicut Island. The race is held every year on a weekend near the 4th of July holiday. They have multiple classes racing under Narragansett Bay PHRF for the prized Cup. Competitors have included world champion sailors and crew racing in many different types of boats from J/24s, Shields and 12 Meters, and all kinds of Grand Prix IRC racers from TP52s to Super Maxis.
After Taylor Canfield sailed the Newport Monday night series, he had this to say about the VX One, “The VX One is a blast. The boats are lively upwind and a rocketship downwind. I think it is great that the simple setup allows you to sail with 2 or 3 people and that when sailing with 2 you are not completely disadvantaged. Easy in/Easy out makes it very appealing to just throw it in the water and go for a sail or race it at a very high performance level.”
Newport Yacht Club and the VX One Class Association invite you to attend the 2014 VX One North American Championship from July 16-19 at Newport Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island. As of mid-June, 15 VX Ones have registered for the event, including competitors from the Virgin Islands, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. For complete regatta information and to register, go to www.vxonenac.com.
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.