Andrew York is the proprietor of Forestay Pty Ltd trading as VX One Australia, an agent for the VX One which is designed by Brian Bennett and built by Bennett Yachting Technologies in Savannah in the USA.
Yorky has managed various sites for building contractors for 15 years. For the last eight years he has been involved in the manufacture of portable buildings and now runs his family owned business in Picton.
Yorky has sailed a variety of boats, mainly one design classes. He has won the Laser Nationals as well as state championships in Lasers, Etchells, Dragons and Sydney 38s. He has sailed in thirteen world championships and placed in the top four in Laser, Tasar, J24s, Etchells and Dragons. In December 2012 crewing for Glenn Bourke in the SB20 Worlds they were in a three way tie for first, coming second on a countback.
He has been the Laser Olympic and National Coach, served on the Olympic Athlete Planning Committee for Yachting Australia and written dozens of articles for Australian Sailing over the last 28 years.
Yorky sailed in the 1983 America’s Cup as mainsheet for Advance and as navigator with the Kookaburra 1987 defence. He has skippered boats in five Sydney to Hobart races and won the Blue Water Pointscore (long ocean races at the CYCA, including the Hobart race) with a race to spare as skipper at his first try.
He served on the committee of the NSW Laser Association for ten years and was instrumental in implementing many strategies critical to the growth of the class in Australia from the 1970’s. Yorky was made the first Life Member of the NSW Laser Association.
Yorky sees a bright future for the VX One, a boat which is ahead of its time, just as the Laser was back in the 70’s. It is an exciting time where he has been quick in grabbing the opportunity to help drive the successful future of the VX One class in Australia.
In his second season in Dragons (2010-2011) Yorky with Matt Ramaley & Craig Young took home just about all the silverware (and a gold one)from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. They won 14 of the 21 races they sailed.