It’s good to be back in Sarasota! Hats off to the team at Sarasota Sailing Squadron for creating a safe environment for us to be able to race in.
Saturday’s heavy breeze outlasted the fleet and only one challenging race was completed before RC called racing for the day. Sunday’s opposite forecast allowed 7 races to be sailed in a light 5-9kts. The fleet rose to the challenge and with a total of 8 races over the weekend, Chris Alexander, Madeline Gill, & Steven Holm took the top spot!
Off the water, it was nice to see VX sailors back together again in a COVID safe environment, swapping quarantine stories and talking sailing. The biggest thank you to our amazing fleet who was eager to get back racing and to make this a safe event. An additional thank you to our Race Committee, powered by a great group of volunteers, Sail22, Marksetbot, and Sarasota Sailing Squadron. We can’t wait to see everyone at Winter Series 2 February 13-14!
Happy 2021! We are looking forward to another great year of VX racing. Now Is the time to renew your VX One Class Association Membership! Class membership supports VX racing in North America and ensures the continued success of our events. As a reminder, membership is required to participate in class sanctioned events.
VX Raceboats Ltd. (Formerly Bennett Yachting, Inc.), Vela Sailing Supply, Inc, and Streamline Marine, LLC announced today a new format for the distribution and sales of VX sailboats in the United States with an eye towards simplifying the distribution process, providing world class service and support, and ultimately getting more boats on the water.
The VX One
Streamline has become the exclusive distributor of the VX One in the US, with Vela Sailing Supply acting as an additional dealer. Formed by class members in 2020, Streamline Marine plans to regularly import boats to keep an inventory of new boats and parts in the US, while also providing top quality service, rigging, and repair work at their facility in Portsmouth, RI. The VX One was the winner of the 2012 Sailing World ‘Overall Boat of the Year’ and ‘Best One Design’ as well as Sail Magazine’s 2012 ‘Best Boat’ award. The VX One is a robust, easy to sail, high performance 19’ sportboat that is highly responsive and powerful, which delights top level sailors and families alike. VX Ones are built by Ovington Boats of Great Britain and MacKay Boats of New Zealand.
“After being completely hooked from the first time I ever set foot on the boat, we are excited to become more involved with this fantastic boat and provide top notch support to the VX One family” stated Ian Maccini. Hayden Bennett responded, “I have loved being a part of the development of both boats while working alongside my father. It has been unbelievably rewarding. Now, with Streamline and the new team, I could not be more excited about the direction both classes are heading.”
The VX Evo
Vela Sailing Supply has become the exclusive distributor of the VX Evo in the US, with Streamline Marine acting as an additional dealer. Vela Sailing Supply has been heavily involved with both the VX One and VX Evo from the very beginning and are directly responsible for the extreme growth of the VX Evo class in the southern United States. Streamline looks forward to helping Vela Sailing Supply grow the class around the country. The VX Evo is the ultimate singlehanded dinghy aimed to the performance oriented sailor who wants to step up their sailing skills and enjoy a fun sportboat. It was the 2016 Sailing World ‘Sailing Dinghy of the Year’ and provides excitement for sailors of all ages.
Rod Favela, of Vela Sailing Supply stated, “As a VX One sailor and enthusiast, I could not be happier and more excited to join forces with such a great team of sailors and businessmen as Streamline. Together, and with the help and support of sportboat enthusiasts, the VX One and VX Evo will do nothing but grow and become the default boats in their categories. Energy, support and hard work are the fundamental principles in which these two companies are founded on, and I can’t wait to see how far we will take these two phenomenal sailing boats. Come be a part of these growing classes and experience the best sailing has to offer.”
Both the VX One and the VX Evo continue to rapidly grow worldwide and have an exciting future as the premier sportboats on the market. All parties involved are excited to be working together to deliver the best possible experience to VX owners and sailors throughout the United States.
Brian Bennett, the designer of both the VX One and VX Evo noted, “With Streamline and Vela now spearheading sales, distribution, and support of the One and Evo in the USA we are fortunate to have a group of enthusiastic, dedicated professionals supporting these two growing classes. Ian, Hayden, Bob, and Rod not only sail and compete in the One and Evo, but know the boats intimately and how to get the most out of them. Our customers will be well served without question by their experience, dedication, and friendly approach.”
ABOUT VX RACEBOATS LTD. VX Raceboats Ltd. is owned and operated by New Zealander Brian Bennett. Now working from “the top of the South” in NZ, Brian handles all interaction with our two builders and component manufacturers to maintain the overall high quality of VX products. All inquiries should be directed to email@example.com
ABOUT STREAMLINE MARINE, LLC Streamline Marine was formed by class members Hayden Bennett, Ian Maccini, and Bob Maccini to maximize the growth of the VX One in the US by providing direct access to new boats, parts, rigging and service work. Hayden has been involved with VXs from the beginning as the son of VX designer Brian and past service manager for Bennett Yachting, while Ian worked alongside Brian and Hayden during Bennett Yachting’s time as the distributor for VX Ones in the US, and currently manages media and marketing for the VX One class association. Based in Portsmouth, RI, Streamline is committed to providing world class sales, service, and support to VX sailors across the country. More information can be found at www.vxone.com. All inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT VELA SAILING SUPPLY, INC Vela Sailing Supply, Inc. started in late 2011, aims to offer solutions to sailors of all types and backgrounds through equipment sales and technical support in an affordable and friendly way. Based in Rockwall, TX, Vela sources products from the best manufacturers in the sailing industry, including hardware, sails, and personal equipment. Their involvement with the VX One started in early 2012 when Brian Bennett and Bennett Yachting, Inc. launched the first boats and have since been fully involved in supporting the class and sailors on and off the water. Vela offers a comprehensive line of products and knowledge about the VX One, thereby positioning itself as the best source of support for VX One sailors. At a later date, Vela Sailing added the VX Evo to its line of products in order to offer the singlehanded sailor a similar experience to that of the VX One. With its knowledge, history and presence in the sailing industry, Vela Sailing Supply ensures the continued success of the VX One and Evo. All inquiries should be directed to email@example.com
The lemonade stand for the VX One fleet has been very busy from the beginning of June and will continue to be until October. Early in June, VX One teams committed to each other to be “quaran-teams” in order to be able to sail and be respectful of the pandemic phase restrictions applied from the province. Every weekend, in lieu of a race committee, marks were dragged out (thank you Violet Stafford) and good old rabbit starts allowed for many short course races. Sometimes 4 boats were out and other days had 8-10 boats participated and we always ended the day with a debrief of boat set-up, tips and tricks, demonstrating that the camaraderie of this fleet can’t be beat.
Participation has been active in the VX One fleet even with the restrictions of the pandemic. On Thursday nights since mid-week racing began we’ve averaged about 10 boats on the starting line. With the quick work of the RC we’ve managed to get two races in on two separate Thursdays. The quality of the racing is hard to beat, with good competition all the way through the fleet, and a helpful and encouraging atmosphere.
There have been some new comers to the fleet this season. Jason Kahng and Rod Wilmer bought hull 144 – Welcome Jason and Rod! Jason has been seen getting familiar with the boat with his family this summer. Andrew Yates has chartered hull 259 and has been sailing with his family (Clea and Maxwell). The Yate’s are accomplished I14 sailors and we are glad to have them in our fleet.
In the season of Covid we’ve had several family racing teams. In addition to the Yates’ we’ve also regularly seen the Bennett family and the Leigh family. The VX One can be a great family boat too!
Like every fleet, we were excited for the return of the weekly races bringing back some normalcy to our lives. Thank you to the sailing office for being ready to hit GO when the approval was provided.
Big news in the fleet this season is the addition of the second ramp to the VX One dry sail area. This is a welcome and much needed facility improvement. On race day there are a lot of boats launching, and some dock time is required before you can sail, so having the second ramp back (after the ramps were damaged by winter ice two seasons ago) is a great development.
Fast forward to the weekend of August 22/23 which was our scheduled Canadians Regatta renamed “Not the Canadians” Regatta. The fleet of 13 boats keen for 2 days of racing on the lake (a relief from the weedy inner harbour) held 8 races in total. Day 1 was light air with challenging conditions and Day 2 more breeze which ensured that everyone was tired after their first 2-day event of the season! Thank you to the sailing office for pulling off this event for the VX One and I14’s fleets. Congratulation to the winners: 1. Trevor Parekh & David Mori 2. Matt Kenney & Andrew Kenny 3. Jamie Keating & Aiden Young
Many more regattas and days on the water are planned, so if you’d like to learn more about this fun, fast competitive boat please join us any Thursday where someone is always at the dock and be able to provide more insight on how you can get involved.
While we aren’t able to host large class sanctioned events this year, local racing continues! Check out the fleets page and get in touch with your local fleet captain to find out how you can get involved.
It is with great regret that The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, the VX One North American Board and the organizing committee of The 2020 North American Championship Regatta have decided that The North American 2020 Championship will be postponed due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The North American Championship will instead be held from September 10—12th 2021, in Toronto, hosted by The Royal Canadian Yacht Club.
Following a series of detailed deliberations, the view that the postponement of the NA’s is the right decision in the interests of being able to provide health and safety to all of those who come together to make the regatta happen along with travel restrictions amongst visiting competitors, and it is best to make the decision now, rather than in several weeks.
We would like to the thank all those for their understanding of these unique and challenging circumstances and our thoughts are with those who have been and continue to be affected in these unprecedented times.
An already fun winter sailing schedule for the VX One just
became more fun. That’s right. The VX One Class received a special invitation
to return to the Bacardi Invitational Regatta for 2020. With such late notice,
only eight boats made the trek across Alligator Alley last week to retest the
waters of Biscayne Bay. These eight teams were treated to spectacular sailing
conditions for all three days.
The first four races had four different winners and the
points remained extremely close throughout the event. In fact, the event lead
may have changed after each race. After each day of racing, the fun kept going
as Bacardi and numerous other sponsors treated us to free libations and fun in
the hanger at Shake-A-Leg Miami. The Bacardi Family were also in attendance for
the final night and prize giving.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention Sandy Askew’s
generosity in allowing the fleet to utilize her support boat and coach
throughout the event. I truly feel that most teams were able to take something
away from this event due to this fleet asset.
With a huge thanks to longtime VX One sailor Tim Pitts, not
only did the VX One Class get the special invitation to this event, but we were
also given our own staging area with parking, dockage and our own hoist. If we
continue to grow our fleet for this event, this staging area should be able to
accommodate us for years to come. Dockage will get slim. However, Tim promises
The event organizers are very interested in having us back
in 2021 and beyond. They recognize the growth of the class and would like to
see us back with 20+ boats as in years past. Obviously, we have a decision to
make as a class whether we want to add a 5th event to or busy winter
schedule or swap this event in for an existing event. I’m sure the board will
be discussing this issue shortly. Stay tuned and keep in touch with your fleet
captain if you have any thoughts or concerns.
A broad mix of conditions at the VX One Winter Series #3 made for an extremely fun yet challenging event for each team on Sarasota Bay February 8th and 9th. Chilly temperatures and great breeze early Saturday were short lived and competitors were greeted with classic Florida weather and a dying breeze into the afternoon. Conditions Saturday forced teams to be on their toes tactically as well as with checking/adjusting the rig with each new race given the gradual drop in breeze throughout the day. VX 269 found their success with consistently strong starts allowing the team to hitch into the first line of pressure and correct phase early into the expanding portion of their first beats. Although sailing the best angle to the marks were always important, as the breeze backed off significantly, teams were forced to put a premium on finding the best pressure on the course and worrying about the shift afterwards. Keeping the boat moving fast forward would eventually help out with angle too; however, this was challenging given the differential in wind velocity by the end of the day. Overpowering puffs and cratering lulls pressed teams to change gears efficiently. In the larger puffs, vang sheeting prior to being hit was essential to keeping proper sail shape as the main was eased to depower which translated into speed. As the puff moved on or as we sailed into lulls, it was vital to readjust the vang to slack and put the bow down a couple degrees to keep the momentum fast forward. By keeping the boat speed up in the lull, any net loss in angle was quickly made up for with speed.
Sunday provided the exact opposite range of breeze conditions as seen on Saturday. A moderate wind velocity gusting into the mid-teens was welcomed across the fleet and teams sailing three-up were excited to see a steady build throughout the day. Sailflow recorded stingers up to 30kts before the Race Committee pulled the plug on a potential Race 7 which concluded the event. As the breeze started to ramp up it was vital that teams were adjusting their rig and depowering as necessary. The most important factor in teams’ success on Sunday in the big breeze was simply staying in control. Whether it was upwind or downwind, broaching the boat and losing control for minutes on end separated the fleet vertically and very quickly. It was encouraging to see most of the boats start each race and give it their best shot. Although losing control contributed to some teams having to retire from races early, the most comfortable teams were able to hit boat speeds well into the high teens!