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Bay-Waveland Yacht Club wins VX One North American Championship

SHANNON WEATHERLY/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDBoats competing in the Gulfport Yacht Club's VXOne North American Championship Wednesday are from left Davis Island (S.C.) Yacht Club, Bay-Waveland Yacht Club and, in the background with blue spinnaker, Isabelita Con Queso.
SHANNON WEATHERLY/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDBoats competing in the Gulfport Yacht Club's VXOne North American Championship Wednesday are from left Davis Island (S.C.) Yacht Club, Bay-Waveland Yacht Club and, in the background with blue spinnaker, Isabelita Con Queso.

GULFPORT -- The Bay-Waveland Yacht Club was the winner of the VX One North American Championship yacht race, which concluded Wednesday at its host club, the Gulfport Yacht Club. Marcus Eagan was the skipper of the winning boat, Cajun Underwriting.

The Isabelita Con Queso of GYC, which was skippered by Chris Alexander, placed second in the race and My Sharona of the Pensacola Yacht Club placed third.

Alexander and the GYC placed first in the race in 2014.

"We had 28 boats in this race," Principal Race Officer Jonathan Histed said. "We started racing on Monday. We have gotten in eight races over the last two days. We had three races on Wednesday."

Although the lack of wind delayed the race it ended around 4 p.m.

"This was our first year to host this national race," GYC Sailing Director Sam Vasquez said. "This was really good for the club and I hope we get to host more races like this in the future."

Not only was the national race a first for GYC, it was also the first time the club has hosted a race consisting entirely of VX One class boats.

A VX One boat is 19 feet in length and it weighs approximately 550 pounds. It was created by Bennett Yachting Technologies of Bristol, R.I.

"This is a boat that takes a crew of two to three to operate," Vasquez said. "It's a new design. It can get going pretty fast in downwind situations. The class is building and growing. It's a new type of sailing."

GYC will host the U.S. Championship of Champions race Oct. Thursday through Sunday.

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