Single Handed in VX One

Saturday the 20th October saw Yorky hit the harbour single handed. The wind was forecast to increase to 17 to 18 knots which he expected might be a bit much so he set off early. A southerly hit at 20 knots or so but there was no way he was going to pack up before he set the kite. It was a great ride from Rose Bay to Athol with the boat on the edge as he just kept above Shark Island. Top speed was 16.7 knots which he thinks is a good mark for single handed in a VX One.

Twilight

In the twilight of 15th of October Yorky with Mark Langford and Will Ryan onboard ripped down the Harbour in a 20 knot Noreaster. Will & Mark knew the VX was fast but could not believe that she accelerated so fast when we popped the kite.

 

Demonstration Weekend at Woollahra Sailing Club 6 & 7 October

Yorky took 12 people out for a sail from Woollahra Sailing Club on the weekend. Saturday was miserable and cold and Phil Tomkins who is buying a VX One spent a couple of hours out with Jason Neuhaus. They had some good rides when the breeze was gusting to 16 knots. Craig Young came out for half an hour or so with his 5 year old son James and enjoyed the lighter breeze. Yorky took a few pictures from the rubber duck. See the Gallery On Sunday John Hurley & Dario Valenza were first out of the blocks to enjoy the breeze that peaked at about 18 knots for the first trip. Phil Barnett brought his son Daniel along and they came out with Pete Davies. The breeze was up around 20 knots and we hit 18 knots with Daniel on the helm with a huge grin on his face. Steve McConaghy came down with Narelle and we went out with Rob Douglass. Yorky took the malfunctioning remote control off his GoPro and finally got some footage for the day. The breeze was gusting to 25 knots and we got an awesome ride with the bow lifting a metre out of the water at times. We started a couple of hundred metres off the club and doused the kite in Chowder Bay 7 minutes later. Our top speed was 19.7 knots. Check out the video.

2012 Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash

The 2012 Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash was sailed on Lake Macquarie in 15 to 25knots from the west with holes of less than 10 knots and gusts of over 30 knots . Most of the Kite Boards rigged big kites expecting the 17 to 19 knots that was forecast. None made it around the track. The race was started off Toronto on the western shore. Two got blown over to Belmont on the eastern shore. One of them got a mote to take him back to the club, the other caught a taxi. A third made it further around but got a rescue boat to pick him up.

Yorky, Matt Craig and his 13 year old daughter sailed Yorky’s VX One, Tachyon to a resounding win in Division 2 and were second overall behind Shane Guanaria in his 505.

“We started about halfway down the line, further than most. We saw Shane Guanaria’s505 pop out from the rest of the boats at the committee boat about 100metres above us. After about 5 minutes of sailing I looked around and was amazed to see that the rest of the fleet was over 300 metres behind! That fleet included a Farr40, Melges32, the 8m sportsboat Stealthy and many other boats much bigger than us.”

After we rounded Coal Point point and headed upwind to the first mark the bigger boat behind started to reel us in (we reach and run like a much bigger boat in breeze but upwind we are what we are, a 19 foot, 5.8metre long boat) We rounded the mark behind the moths and Shane’s 505. When we laid her over out of a gybe Stealthy got past us. They had their share of troubles too and more than half way around we overtook them briefly.

There was a decent upwind leg up past Pulbar Island around the 10 mile mark. With the wind gusting into the 30s we did a fair bit of this with the jib furled. Three 40 footers got past us here. The Melges32, Breezin  sailed closer to the top of the island than us. When we cracked our sheets and cracked off we reached across their bow sailing a few knots faster. It took them another 10 miles before they caught us again.

We set a kite in 10 knots after rounding the southern most mark but only had it up for a couple of minutes as the breeze built to 25knots and we could not make it around a point.

We ran down to the mark in Crangan Bay and rounded right on the tail of Quest and gybed just inside Stealthy. The next 10 miles were a tight lead and the bigger boats opened up in front and closed in from behind with the breeze still gusting into the 30 knot range.

When we were on the breeze after the Belmont mark the Melges 32 got past us and opened up a 300 metre lead by the time we got to the Speers Point mark. In the next mile on the two sail reach to Pendlebury Park we ran them down to be just inside them at the point.

In the last little beat they got away from us but the hard reaching course certainly suited the VX One and we beat all the other sportsboats on handicap (most of them across the line too).We were second overall on handicap to Shane in his 505. Shane capsized 4 times including a pitch pole and all the sportsboats had heaps more problems than us, including broken rigs. We only laid Tachyon over once. As with our first time out in 30 plus knots the VX One came back in perfect condition. The only problem we had was a screw broke on my Windex mount.

Yorky

Check out the footage on the ‘Videos’ page

Heaven Can Wait

Full results from the One lap Dash below: RACE 1 [9/29/2012] Heaven Can Wait 2012

Division 1 Keel TOT HC results Start : 11:00

Place

Sail No

Boat Name Skipper

Elapsd

AHC

Cor’d T

BCH

Fin Tim

ETOrd

DidNot

Class

1

8840

Rum Bucket Shane Guanaria

03:05:46

0.930

02:52:46

1.101

14:05:46

2

D1

2

8893

Yeah Buddy Joel Castle

03:25:01

0.930

03:10:40

0.998

14:25:01

4

D1

3

3776

Flying Hellfish Josh McKnight

02:11:00

1.500

03:16:30

1.562

13:11:00

1

D1

4

8001

Forty Mark Langford

03:23:21

0.980

03:19:17

1.006

14:23:21

3

D1

5

M3000

YES Phil King

03:45:39

0.900

03:23:05

0.907

14:45:39

9

D1

6

3535

J Walk’n Greg/Linda Torpy/Rob

03:47:21

0.900

03:24:37

0.900

14:47:21

10

D1

7

9090

Quest Belinda Braidwood

03:29:52

1.000

03:29:52

0.975

14:29:52

5

D1

8

14

My Kindy Paul Sharp

03:48:11

0.940

03:34:30

0.897

14:48:11

11

D1

9

M242

Storage King Wallop Peter Hewson

03:36:43

0.990

03:34:33

0.944

14:36:43

7

D1

10

RQ202

Stealthy Bob Cowan

03:32:42

1.010

03:34:50

0.962

14:32:42

6

D1

11

AUS183

Breezin Brad Sewell

03:36:51

1.000

03:36:51

0.944

14:36:51

8

D1

12

M60

Whitewash Mark Scharfenberg

04:00:44

0.930

03:43:53

0.850

15:00:44

12

D1
Division 2 Keel TOT HC results Start : 11:00

Place

Sail No

Boat Name Skipper

Elapsd

AHC

Cor’d T

BCH

Fin Tim

ETOrd

DidNot

Class

1

136

Tachyon Andrew York

03:38:27

0.805

02:55:51

0.933

14:38:27

1

D2

2

5223

Excapade Noel Gough

03:48:33

0.780

02:58:16

0.892

14:48:33

5

D2

3

L1

Slingshot Neil Hamilton

03:48:04

0.805

03:03:36

0.894

14:48:04

4

D2

4

YC375

Serein Jeff Payne

04:19:57

0.725

03:08:28

0.784

15:19:57

12

D2

5

M551

Windchaser Mark Cherrington

04:44:16

0.670

03:10:28

0.717

15:44:16

21

D2

6

4114

Imagine Warwick Nichols

03:52:02

0.830

03:12:35

0.879

14:52:02

6

D2

7

SB777

Fly Navy Too Greg Brown

04:56:23

0.650

03:12:39

0.688

15:56:23

26

D2

8

N381

Full Frontal Mark Travis

04:11:20

0.780

03:16:02

0.811

15:11:20

10

D2

9

7290

Le Frog Greg Robinson

04:07:03

0.800

03:17:38

0.825

15:07:03

8

D2

10

2444

Slightly Underrated Evan McHugh

04:46:51

0.690

03:17:56

0.711

15:46:51

23

D2

11

50

Nervous Matt Bonser

03:45:12

0.880

03:18:11

0.905

14:45:12

2

D2

12

223

Mitchell Sails Justin Mitchell

03:46:41

0.880

03:19:29

0.899

14:46:41

3

D2

13

4543

Brigus Michael McFayden

04:10:03

0.800

03:20:02

0.815

15:10:03

9

D2

14

2665

X-Rated Graham Booker

05:08:11

0.660

03:23:24

0.662

16:08:11

27

D2

15

M8

Wild Cherry Alan Laverick

04:25:25

0.770

03:24:22

0.768

15:25:25

15

D2

16

3909

Young N Old Glen Picasso

04:20:09

0.790

03:25:31

0.784

15:20:09

13

D2

17

M14

Nereus Matthew Smith

04:53:41

0.700

03:25:35

0.694

15:53:41

25

D2

18

M777

Solly Lewis Solman

04:46:14

0.720

03:26:05

0.712

15:46:14

22

D2

19

6744

Di’sy Danny Gresham

04:35:33

0.750

03:26:40

0.740

15:35:33

19

D2

20

7007

Zip Michael Tarrant

04:04:56

0.850

03:28:12

0.832

15:04:56

7

D2

21

510

Its All Good John Longworth

04:52:04

0.725

03:31:45

0.698

15:52:04

24

D2

22

5808

Forever Young Adrian Williams

04:25:12

0.800

03:32:10

0.769

15:25:12

14

D2

23

5687

Emmenar Mel Steiner

04:32:40

0.780

03:32:41

0.748

15:32:40

18

D2

24

B4

Quattro Chris Bland

04:30:36

0.800

03:36:29

0.753

15:30:36

17

D2

25

6568

Sobraon Tony Burville

05:13:35

0.710

03:42:39

0.650

16:13:35

28

D2

26

8686

Crow Bar Bruce Thomas

04:13:20

0.880

03:42:56

0.805

15:13:20

11

D2

27

R912

Papillon Phillip Morgan

04:25:48

0.850

03:45:56

0.767

15:25:48

16

D2

28

9930

Dora Creek Ian Henderson

04:35:40

0.850

03:54:19

0.740

15:35:40

20

D2