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VX One fleet heads back to Pensacola for Mid-Winters and Winter Series Round 2

by Talbot Wilson 10 Jan 14:03 PST January 15-17, 2022
Paul Murphy's Old Man's 5-0-5 #310 leads a bevy of VX One's around the weather mark in the VX One Winter Series #1 in Pensacola. © Talbot Wilson

VX One sailors return the Pensacola YC this weekend for their combined Mid-Winter Championship and VX One Winter Series #2 [WS#2]. To date 39 of these speedy sportboats are entered for the three-day regatta... Jan 15-17... Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the MLK holiday.

In the Winter Series #1 regatta (WS#1) sailed in mid-December, a 35-boat fleet sailed eight fantastic races on windward-leeward courses set by PRO Hal Smith and the Pensacola YC race management team. Pensacola YC used computer controlled MarkSetBots for the first time and will use them for the remainder of the three-regatta series. Streamline Marine and MarkSetBot's helped bring this test innovation to Pensacola.

"We've got more fun sailing planned for the VX One crowd this weekend," Smith quipped. "Maybe we'll be able to get in all 15 scheduled races. Hope they are coming with sailing on their minds."

The seven-day forecast for the WS#2 weekend calls for low temps around 50ºF and highs near 70º. Frontal winds for Saturday should be Northwesterly 15-20Kts. Sunday looks sunny, but light at about 6kts from the East and maybe a Southeast sea breeze filling in.

Monday comes back better at 10+kts from the South-southeast. Sunday and Monday cloud cover and sea breeze coming up the bay from Santa Rosa Island and Pensacola Beach will determine what happens. The MarkSetBots should come in handy.

At this point in the Winter Series, the top ten finishers in WS#1 also lead the series. All of the top ten finishers in WS#1 are returning for this next stage of the Series. The Mid-Winter Championship is a stand-alone event within the series.

Top 10 finishers WS #1:

1. 123, Bro Safari, Alexander Heinzemann/Alex Heinzemann/Trevor Parekh, Royal Vancouver YC, 4-2-4-1-5-2-[6]-2-; 20pts
2. 269, Double the Fun, Hayden Bennett/Esteban Forrer, Sail Newport, 5-1-[8]-3-1-1-7-4-; 22pts
3. 276, Counterproductive, Chris Alexander/Ricky Welch/Addy Altese, Gulfport Yacht Club, 12-3-1-2-3-[15]-9-8-; 38pts
4. 196, Merica", Paul Kleinschrodt/Mallory Edwards/Karl Kleinschrodt, Buccaneer YC, 3-7-2-9-7-3-12-[14]-; 43pts T
5. 275,, Ben France/Jeff Eiber, Edgewater YC, 6-8-3-[25]-4-9-3-10-; 43pts T
6. 340, USA 340, Doug Clark/Jeff Hayden, Coast Guard Sailing, 2-[36/DNF]-16-10-10-7-1-1-; 47pts
7. 343, far side, John Porter/David Guggenhiem/Nathan Pine, 9-5-9-8-[11]-10-8-6-; 55pts
8. 327, Angry Baboon, Rod Favela, Rush Creek YC, [28]-10-20-5-6-4-4-9-; 58pts
9. 345, Flip Flops and Pearls, Reggie Fairchild/Ned Goss/Jess Goss, Brandon Addison, Carolina YC SC, 13-4-7-6-12-[25]-10-17-; 69pts
10. 313, Another Bad Idea, Kaitlyn Liebel/Mark Liebel/Jordan Wiggins, Sarasota Youth Sailing, 16-15-6-12-8-12-[22]-3-; 72pts T

Full results for WS#1: Daily coverage is posted on Regatta Network and Pensacola YC Sailing—

Once again, the boats will race on windward-leeward courses set just south of the Bayou Chico channel in Pensacola Bay. The course area is just minutes from the Pensacola YC marina at the mouth of the bayou.

Sailors for The Mid-Winters/WS#2 are coming from 18 states and Canada:
AL, NJ, MA, OH, RI, MI, FL, WI, TX, OK, CT, SC, NC, CO, MD, WA, LA, GA, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

A new NOR attachment, Attachment E- Shoreside Logistics, has been posted on Regatta Network—

Entries for the VX One Winter Series #3 on Feb 19-20 may be made at

For area information and accommodation choices, contact Visit Pensacola,

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