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Story Contributors: Madeline Gill


Tight Racing at VX One Winter Series Event #3

Counterproductive and Tudo Bem work hard to maintain upwind lanes 📸  Sarah Wilkinson

The VX One Winter Series wrapped up this past weekend with 3 days of tight racing hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Thanks to an experienced group of volunteers on the Race Committee and a continued efficiency gain from the MarkSetBots, the fleet powered through 13 races.

Friday’s conditions tested each team’s preparedness as the northerly breeze built a bit more than was forecast. Sailing clean and just conservatively enough was the name of the game in the solid 18-20 knot breeze and 2-3’ chop. Jim Ward, at the helm of Destiny’s Bounty, was the dominant force of the day with only 4 points in 3 races.

Leatherback Mutiny working the low-mode downwind 📸  Sarah Wilkinson

Saturday brought a beautifully moderate breeze with only one race touching down into fluky territory. The key of the day was sailing fast and in phase with the shifts, which wasn’t always easy with a 25 boat fleet and only 0.65 nautical mile beats. No boat won more than a single race, but Chris Alexander’s Counterproductive won the day by staying focused and finding passing lanes even after congested start lines got the best of them.

Close racing upwind 📸 Sarah Wilkinson

Sunday’s breeze started off light but built steadily throughout the day. Most of the pressure and angle came from course left, but short-lived righties periodically came through and mixed the fleet up. Ian Maccini’s Blue Lobster, Paul Murphy’s Alternative Facts, and Emily Billing’s #284 had moments of glory and each posted their first bullet of the event.
Winning the event was Chris Alexander with Madeline Gill and Kate O’Donnell on Counterproductive. Second place went to Jim Ward with Jeff Eiber and Lynda Bryant on Destiny’s Bounty. Rounding out the podium was Tim Pitts with Tim Desmond on Leatherback Mutiny.

Teams powered by North Sails finished 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 10 at the last event.

Congratulations Doug Clark, series overall winner. North teams finished 1,2,3,4,5,6,7*,8,9,10 overall.

VX ONE VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR – April 5th, 7:30 pm

Join us for a virtual happy hour on Monday, April 5th. North experts Austin Powers, Mike Marshall, Madeline Gill, and Jackson Benvennutti with special guest Chris Alexander will talk about sailing upwind in heavy breeze, discuss boat-handling strategies for boats with 2 or 3 crew members, and also share tips for Charleston Race Week. Register today!


Story Contributors

Another Victory for Chris Alexander at the VX One Winter Series headshot
Madeline Gill

Sail Designer, Sail Expert — Charleston, South Carolina

Based in Charleston, SC Madeline joined North Sails in 2018, after three years at Goetz Composites in Bristol, Rhode Island. She grew up sailing both dinghies and keelboats out of Cedar Point Yacht Club before attending the University of Virginia....

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