2016 VX ONE North Americans September 23 – 25 hosted by Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland Michigan.
VX ONE’s lined up on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan to race the 5th North American Championship. VX ONE teams came from locations spanning North America from Massachusetts to Louisiana to California and one South American team from Chile.
Racing took place in beautiful Lake Michigan with perfect wind conditions for full hiking upwind and fast planning offwind legs.
Close racing between teams of various weights yielded many position changes in each race.
Day one we had winds growing from 9 to 12 knots and after four races the team of John Potter/ David Guggenheim led the fleet with 3 wins and a 8th, followed by the team of Sam Padnos/Grant Goman/Charlie Sligh with two 4th’s and 2nd’s and the team of Tim Pitts/Joe Ferra with two 2nd’s an 11th and a 1st.
Day Two we had winds starting at 13 knots and diminishing to 10 knots. Three more races were completed with the team of Emily Billing/Matt Haddon/Justin Howard winning the day with two firsts and a third, followed by the Teams of Sam Padnos/Grant Goman/ Charlie Sligh and Phillip Norris/Anthony Norris/Eden Nykamp alternating a very consistent 2-5-6.
On day Three with two more races required to complete the series five teams were in contention for the title. Winds averaged 12 knots and as usual racing was very close. The day was won by former N.A champion Christopher Alexander/Brad Winslett with a first and a 3rd, followed by Phillip Norris/Anthony Norris/ Eden Nykamp with a 4th and a 2nd and John Potter/ David Guggenheim with a 2nd and a 5th.
With racing completed John Potter/David Guggenheim were crowned North American Champions with Sam Padnos/Grant Goman/Charlie Sligh finishing second and Phillip Norris/Anthony Norris/ Eden Nykamp finishing Third.
Awards took place on the grounds of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club with recognitions given to our oldest crew at 64 years and our youngest at 12 years of age. Several family members and juniors made up the crews for event.
The North American fleet will be heading south for the Sarasota for the Winter Series, Miami Bacardi Cup, St. Pete NOOD and Charleston Race Week.
Full results are on: yachtscoring.com