It was pretty light going on Lake Macquarie on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June for the first one-design regatta in Australia for the VX Ones. With not much more than 6 knots of breeze from the east and south east the race committee of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto have done well to get five races in.
Saturday belonged to Michael James from Brisbane who led the fleet home with two bullets. Sunday saw Scott Lawson’s team take two of the three races with Yorky’s team taking the other one. The races were all two lappers but the legs were only about half a mile in the light conditions. Mark Long was been kept busy moving the top mark to the major swings in the breeze, as well as taking 200 photos per day!
With two races to sail on Monday it was tight at the top. The boats were towed south of the club and managed a couple of quick races in 6 to 7 knots which dropped down to four knots by the end. The day belonged to Freddo Kasparek with two wins moving him past Scott into a solid second overall. Scott and the young guns were not on fire like they had been the previous day but managed to hang onto third overall in the regatta.
Although the conditions were light and most would have preferred to be planing around at 15 to 20 knots as the VX’s are known to do, everyone enjoyed the opportunity to fleet race together. With the experience in the fleet ranging from Fred & Michael who have had their boats for over a year to budding VX owners there was plenty of discussion ashore about setup and trim on the boats.
Magic Marine announced that they will be sponsoring the VX One Class in Australia. On Saturday night Andrew York had the pleasure of introducing Marja Van Helden of Magic Marine to the other VX One owners and crew. At short notice Magic Marine provided prizes for this regatta and announced great on-going deals for VX One owners on all their sailing gear.
With seven races completed for the regatta the overall results are:
AUS 126 Michael James: 1, 1, 5, 2, 2, 2, 2 10 points
AUS 127 Fred Kasparek: 3, 2, 3, 3, 4, 1,1 13 points
AUS 136 Scott Lawson: 2, 4, 2, 1, 1, 5, 5 15 points
AUS 139 Andrew York: 4, 3, 1, 4, 3, 3, 3 17 points
AUS 141 Malcolm Thompson: 5, 5, 4, 5, 5, 4, 4 27 points
By Andrew York