VX One Class Tuning
Twenty-eight boats gathered at Gulfport Yacht club to sail the VX One North Americans. My brother and I were lucky enough to take the win and wanted to share our tuning thoughts/notes with the Class that we have put together the past several months.
Since the boat is a planing hull form that includes flat hull sections and a wide stern, weight placement is crucial to the performance both upwind and downwind.
0-8knts: forward crew sits max forward in cockpit or on deck next to the mast; skipper should sit forward so that body is in line with the keel. The boat should be sailed slightly heeled w/the windward chine just coming out of the water.
10-18knts: both crews hiking hard w/skipper hiking over vang cleat and forward crew sit/hiking up against the skipper. Boat should be sailed as flat as possible w/balance coming from mainsheet tension.
0-6knts: crew weight should be max forward at all times w/forward crew sitting on leeward deck next to the mast; skipper should sit max forward w/his/her weight centered in the middle of boat. The boat should be sailed at a constant heel angle with the windward chine just out of the water.
8-10knts: “Displacement Mode” The goal in this condition is to maximize waterline at all times. Both skipper and crew should sit forward enough so the bow is roughly 3-4 inches in the water. In this mode, we try and sail the boat fairly flat or with a slight leeward heel.
11-15knts: “Lazy/Full Plane” Once the boat is planing and the bow is up, the skipper and crew should try and sneak the weight forward in the boat to maximize displacement and lower the drag of the stern.
16-22knts: In this condition, both the skipper and crew should be back in the boat with both crews hiking to windward.
See my tuning guide that provides a quick snapshot of my rig, vang, outhaul and jib traveler settings. Hopefully this will provide a benchmark to compare to your current setup.
Cap/V1 Shrouds: With tension, these shrouds provide twist to the top of the main and in general provide a flatter sail. The V1’s also provide headstay tension and are crucial when easing the main to depower in winder conditions.
Lower/D1 shrouds: The lowers on a VX One control the lower mast bend in the mast. We general use a ratio of 1 lower turn to ever 2 turns of cap shroud tension. The lowers also have a dramatic impact on headstay tension, so as you can see from the guide as the windspeed increases the amount of turns on the lowers becomes much closer to the number of cap shroud turns.
In conclusion, I appreciate the opportunity to be able to sail in the Class and hopefully these notes will help provide an understanding of the boat/rig dynamics as well as provide a baseline for future progress.
A sunny 12 to 15 knots Easterly breeze greeted competitors at the UK’s second VX One National Championship hosted by Weymouth Sailing Club, with sailors travelling from as far afield as Edinburgh and Dumfries. The fleet was keen to get away and Race 1 was general recalled. Jim Hunt sailing ‘Pink Sock’ won the first race, in good surfing conditions, but was scored OCS. As the breeze dropped to a lighter 8 knots and tracked to the South East, Hunt went onto score two firsts and second. In what was quickly becoming a closely fought championship, Hunt held a two point overnight lead (after discard) over the SB20 Cowes Grand Slam winner, Adrian Peach in ‘Uber’ who was counting a first, second and third. Sunday’s racing was started in a 12 knot South Easterly which progressively built to 16 – 18 knots, providing competitors with some great downwind blasts with excellent waves for surfing too. Adrian Peach dominated the day with four wins to take the National Championship title, closely followed by Hunt with a consistent handful of seconds, and Neil Harris in third counting an impressive score line with no results outside the top five in every race. The 1st Under 18 prize went to Rhys Lewis in Battlecruiser and the first family prize went to David and Charlie Chandler. The combination of this exciting new boat and superb conditions left the sailors with big smiles and full of commendation for the fleet. Overall winner Adrian Peach from Torbay YC commented, “We have enjoyed fantastic racing in the VX this weekend, the boat really is a pleasure to sail and very under control, despite its light 260 kilo displacement. The racing was close and it amazed us how even the boats were across a selection of winds both upwind and down. I’m really pleased to have won the VX1 Nationals, especially as this is my first National championship win against some really experience and established dinghy sailors who are clearly now having a ball in these boats.” Shane Hughes, former J/80 World Champion and Melges 32 European Champion, said, “Having experienced almost every sportsboat in the market, the VX One is the one that most closely resembles the exhilaration and fun of a dinghy. All that with a really stable platform, even in the breezy stuff and you having a winning combo. The deck layout has been really well designed for easy use by 2 or 3 and the detail finishing on the boat and rig is very impressive. A fantastic boat that will guarantee to make you smile!” Runner up Jim Hunt added, “We both thoroughly enjoyed the sailing and social. It’s a struggle to find anything not to like about the boat. It doesn’t feel like it has a keel – until you need it! Upwind it was easy to steer and responded more like a dinghy to a bit of hiking. Downwind was over too quickly, the rudder felt very positive and the boat rewarded accurate, subtle steering. There’s enough keel to recover from a poor gybe, but not so much that it’s too easy. The fit out was excellent – it looks like a boat the you can spend your time sailing and not maintaining.” This story provided by clicking here.
US Sailing’s Championship of Champions is recognized as one of the more unique adult racing events in the country. All helmsmen have qualified for this event by winning a one-design class National, North American or World Championship in the qualifying year (2014-2015). Skippers and their crew will be tested in the VX One this year on the waters of Mississippi Sound to see if they can hold their own against a strong fleet of Class titlists. They will race for the Jack Brown Trophy while representing their Class at the Championship of Champions, hosted by the Gulfport Yacht Club from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. Racing will be preceded by a special VX One boat clinic and technical briefing on Thursday, October 8, led by Brian Bennett, designer of the VX One. The competition will be challenging with many decorated sailors competing on the same course. Every year, US Sailing invites one special guest to join the competition. Invited helms have included winners of the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, Olympians and other sailing luminaries. This year’s Championship of Champions special guest is John Dane III. Dane is a 2008 U.S. Olympian as a helm in the Star Class competition. He has also been a top four finisher at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the Soling and Finn classes. Dane will be sailing with his son, Schaeffer, and against his son, John F. Dane, who is crewing for 2014 VX One North American Champion Christopher Alexander. This championship is held in a different location and in a different Class each year. Classes in which the event has been held run the gamut from conventional to cutting edge and have included Y-Flyers, Snipes, Hobie Cats, J-24s, Sunfish and Etchells, to name just a few. The championship is named in honor of Jack Brown who was noted for his service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing Committees. Several past winners of this championship have returned this year to take a shot at winning their second Jack Brown Trophy, including Brian Keane (2013), Andrew Eagan (2011) and Chris Raab (2010). Also in contention this week are Brad Funk and Trevor Burd, a 49er duo from the US Sailing Team Sperry. The 2015 Championship of Champions is a US Sailing National Championship, sponsored by Gill North America and Switlik Survival Products. Participate in the conversation this week on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #CofCSailing15. The racing schedule:
Thursday, October 8: Registration and VX One Boat Clinic
Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11 – First race signal at 9:30 am CDT
US Sailing medals will be awarded to the top three competitors. The winning team will be awarded the Jack Brown Trophy. Visit the event website to keep up with all the action: http://www.ussailing.org/racing/championships/adult/cofc/
It likely didn’t matter to the Eagan brothers (Marcus and Andrew) on Cajun Underwriting whether the sea breeze would come in Wednesday at the VX One North American Championship at Gulfport Yacht Club in Mississippi. They held a commanding 22-point lead after the eight races completed on the initial two days of the Championship, and were only dropping an eighth. The Bay-Waveland Yacht Club duo kept scores of 1,2,6,2,1,1,1 for 14 points, and their dominance was confirmed mid-day Wednesday when the Race Committee had to abandon racing to leave the scores as final. 2014 North American Championship Chris Alexander’s Isabelita Con Queso secured the silver position with 36 points, and George Gamble’s My Sharona the bronze with 42. Kenny Wolfe’s Angry Baboon placed fourth with crew Rod Favela onboard, who summarized, “The light airs of Gulfport, MS were predominant, making it very interesting on the water. It was a very competitive fleet. Congratulations to Marcus and Andrew Eagan for their victory. Solid performance!” The top five: Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting (14 points), Chris Alexander Isabelita Con Queso (36 points), George Gamble My Sharona (42), Kenny Wolfe Angry Baboon (49), John Potter (55). Twenty-eight teams competed in the three-day event. Photos are available on the VX One Class Facebook page, and complete results are online at www.vxonenac.com.
Favorable conditions continued on the second day of the VX One North American Championship at Gulfport Yacht Club in Mississippi. With eight races now in the books, Marcus Eagan’s Cajun Underwriting (with brother Andrew on board) has strengthened his lead and now totals just 14 net points. That’s 22 better than second-place Chris Alexander’s Isabelita Con Queso. Eagan’s dominating scores of 1,2,6,2,1,1,1 allowed him to drop an eight in race six. George Gamble’s My Sharona moved up to third place with 42 points. The 28 teams weren’t optimistic for a full day of racing on Tuesday, but a 6-8 knot sea breeze allowed another four races to be completed. Eagan notched his first of three bullets in the initial contest, tailed by Robby Brown’s Bob Sled and Alexander. Bill Griffin’s Kill Bill took a turn in the top spot in the next battle as Jeff Eiber’s This Side Down and Matt Haddon made the top three. Gamble and Alexander watched Eagan cross the line first in race seven. Following Cajun Underwriting in the last race were Eiber and Kenny Wolfe’s Angry Baboon. Racing concludes Wednesday. Photos are available on the VX One Class Facebook page, and complete results are online at www.vxonenac.com.
The VX One North American Championship, hosted by Gulfport Yacht Club in Gulfport, MS, got off to a solid start with four races completed for 28 teams. Marcus Eagan’s Cajun Underwriting holds the early advantage after posting scores of 1,2,6,2 for 11 points. Three points behind is Donovan Brennan’s Smuggler. 2014 North American Champion Chris Alexander’s Isabelita Con Queso rests in third with 27 points. As the opening contest got underway under partly sunny skies, winds were 8 knots, but dropped a bit by the time of the finish. Eagan crossed the line first, ahead of Brennan and Bill Griffin. Brennan moved up to the top spot in race two as the shifty breeze rose to 8-10 knots and overcast arrived. Eagan dropped to the second position, and Alexander placed third. Isabelita Con Queso claimed the next victory, while John Potter and Dustin Brennan followed. A new name, Matt Haddon, won the final bout, as Eagan and Potter rounded out the top trio while the sun returned. Racing continues through Wednesday. Photos are available on the VX One Class Facebook page, and complete results are online at www.vxonenac.com.
VX Ones are set to sail in its first-ever class at the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) set for March 25-27, 2016 and hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club. What’s more, organizers will also welcome entries to tune-up in an all-new round the island race scheduled for March 24. This exceptional program of serious world class yacht racing continues to earn the STIR the status of Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing. “We are excited to offer these new classes. It is a perfect fit with our philosophy of giving sailors what they want within the changing trends in global yacht racing. The new one-day pre-STIR race gives visitors and locals alike a chance to tune-up as well as another way to win big,” says regatta director, Chuck Pessler. Eleven VX Ones are currently registered to sail in the first VX One Caribbean Cup, of which STIR 2016 is the first leg, including Australia’s Michael James. “Being able to fly in from Australia and be part of the VX One’s debut in the regatta and meet up with other owners was just too good to miss out on. This regatta will be the biggest fleet of VX’s that I have sailed against, and if the competition is as good as it is here in Australia, it will take 100 percent concentration to be successful. Plus the parties look like they are going to be great fun,” says James, who placed second in the 2015 Australia Sports Boat Association Mid-Winters aboard his VX One, the Beast. Tim Pitts, vice president of the VX One Class Association and a native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, anticipates a total of 18 of these swift three-man keel boats on the start line in March. “The VX One Caribbean Cup, which spans two of the Caribbean’s foremost regattas–the STIR and BVI Spring Regatta, is a huge step for the VX One Class. This series represents the Class’ first-ever international event, and it has drawn entries from the US, Australia and UK. These boats are perfectly suited to Caribbean racing. We look forward to hot racing and stiff competition as the group of entered VX One racers dance amid an international line-up,” says Nicklaus Fordham, series organizer. The 2016 STIR promises challenging courses, professional race management and island-style hospitality. Register online at www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1502. The NOR is available at www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com. Check STIR out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stirvi), Twitter @stycvi and Instagram #STIR2016. STIR 2016 in sponsored by Cruzan Rum and Presidente, distributed by Glazer’s Premier Distributors; and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.
30 VX One teams are gathering for racing at the VX One North American Championship in Gulfport, Mississippi. The competition begins Monday, October 5 and continues through Wednesday, October 7. Keep up with all the action from Gulfport Yacht Club at the regatta website: www.vxonenac.com.
Thank you to Michael Norris for the following report: We kicked off the first VX One Great Lakes Championship with a huge success! Ten boats lined up for the regatta including an all-female crew as well as several juniors joining the teams. A special thanks to Peter and Brian Van Rossem who travelled from Kingston, Canada, Jeff and Kevin Eiber from Cleveland, Brian and Hayden Bennett from Newport and a very special thanks to our friends from Newport who chartered their boats for our Macatawa Yacht Club members. After a very light tune-up race on Friday, Mother Nature provided a challenging first day of racing on Saturday with winds of 18 knots and gusts of 25 knots. Our Velocitek recorded a top speed of 20.8 knots. The race committee wisely kept sailing on Lake Macatawa which provided flat waters and a safer environment for all newcomers. Four races were completed. The only incident happened with Peter Van Rossem who lost the bearings on his jib track but luckily our fleet member Craig Eigenbrod (being an avid cyclist) called on a local bicycle shop and managed to get the exact size bearings allowing Peter to sail fast on Sunday – a great example of VX Class friendship and cooperation. At night, we hosted a barbecue dinner at our home which included a video show of the regatta and a chalk talk from Brian and Hayden. After some rum and wine, the aches and pains of the day were forgotten. Sunday was absolutely beautiful with plenty of sun and steady winds around 10 knots. The race committee did a great job in setting the course and getting us started on time and allowing for us to complete the four scheduled races. Sailing was very close among all participants, demonstrating how simple and easy it is for sailors to adapt and go fast in a VX. Congratulations to Steve Sisson and Scott Derby for an outstanding performance and being the first Great Lakes Champions. A special thanks to Macatawa Bay Yacht Club and the Race Committee led by Barb Gamache. This event was a great preparation for next year’s North Americans. As a result of the success of this event, we had a growing interest from participants and spectators to buy boats and grow our local fleet. Looking forward to seeing all our VX One friends in Holland, Michigan for the 2016 North American Championship!
Wolfgang Hunger, 5 x 505 World Champion has been sailing the VX One in Germany throughout the year. “The rig works very well and is perfect to tune with the 3 pairs of shrouds for the whole wind range”. Wolfgang has been working with Danish sail loft Bojsen-Moller Sails and Holger Jess to develop sails. The VX One has an open sailmaker policy keeping costs down and quality up.
The VX One has similar performance to the 505 but as Wolfgang states, much easier to sail, “much fun racing as it is so agile, with self-tacker and gennaker it is simple and no super crew is required.”
Back in the UK the VX has been going well, winning the Sportsboat Gold Cup at the Royal Torbay Regatta and the sportsboat fleet at Dartmouth Week.
The UK Nationals is coming up at Weymouth SC, 2 – 4 October. Please get in touch if you would like to charter a boat for this exciting regatta. Nathan.email@example.com