sail-world.com -- World's top builders to produce VX ONE design in three continents
World's top builders to produce VX ONE design in three continents
Wed, 24 Jul 2013
A collaboration of three of the top one design builders has been formed around the exciting VX ONE Design sportsboat.
US based Bennett Yachting has announced that it has teamed up with Ovington Boats (UK) and MacKay Boats (New Zealand) to establish international VX ONE builders in three continents.
Mackay Boats and Ovington already have a working relationship with a number of Olympic and International classes. Mackay Boats is the predominant builder in four of the Olympic classes, and led the development of the 49erFX - the new Womens Olympic skiff.
Also announced is the formation of a new Gold Cup circuit for the VX ONE Design to get underway in 2014.
Brian Bennett, CEO of Bennett Yachting, Inc and Lead Designer of the state-of-the-art One Design VX ONE announced the collaboration that will bring the VX ONE firmly onto the international stage and provide high quality, tightly controlled production of this multi award-winning design by two of the world’s best production small boat builders.
The VX ONE was the unanimous winner of the 2012 Sailing World 'Overall Boat of the Year' and 'Best One Design' as well as Sail magazine’s 2012 'Best Boat' award. The VX is a robust, easy to sail high performance 19’ 'ballast assisted' dinghy that is highly responsive and powerful, with the conveniences of furling and self-tacking jib. On an ideal day, speeds in excess of 24 knots have been recorded.
The class association is professionally run and backed by an executive committee of owners with considerable One Design experience. Class rules are written to ISAF guidelines for easy crossover in the next few years.
The VX One is supported by three established brands with decades of experience, Ovington Boats, MacKay Boats and Bennett Yachting, Inc.. With fleets growing throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, this collaboration will further set the VX One on a firm platform for significant international growth.
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Both Ovington and MacKay are world renowned for their high quality Olympic and world championship race boats - Mackay for their 470’s, 49ers and 420’s, and Ovington for their 49er, 29er, 505, Flying Fifteen, I-14, and Musto Performance skiff.
'Ovington and MacKay are ideal partners in this project. While they compete on the 49er, there is a lot of quality collaboration and exchange of information that is hard to find elsewhere. Both are thoroughly established, experienced, and proven in the field of international classes and their development' notes designer Brian Bennett.
Production ramp-up will be under way in Ovington’s Newcastle, UK, factory in July, in time for deliveries to the US North Americans in November and a major European launch this winter. MacKay will follow suit, with deliveries targeted for later in 2013.
Bennett Yachting (BY) will focus on full-scale support of the growing NA VX ONE fleet, with a major Gold Cup style circuit planned for 2014. BY will oversee and coordinate international marketing and quality control as well as maintenance of measurement procedures. As a licensed dealer, BY will also market and distribute the highly regarded International Musto Performance Skiff throughout North America.
The all-new Bennettyachting.com website will be launched mid-August, revealing comprehensive information on the VX ONE and Musto Performance Skiff. The new site will also debut advanced and sustainable regatta support systems that will revolutionize the way we sail, travel and compete.
Bennett Yachting can now move as many as six VX ONE’s, or 16 Musto skiffs utilizing a new 48’ event trailer, with on-board spares, service, rigging, and customer support to every event.
This will pave the way for a new standard in affordable grand prix sailing, giving time back to the sailors and providing an energy-efficient solution with one truck and trailer doing the work of as many as 15vehicles, plus countless hours of driving.