Congratulations to Houston, Texas’s Chris and Karen Lewis for finishing first overall in the 240-mile Vineyard Race sailing their J/44 KENAI. This was the capstone of their East Coast campaign, during which they competed in the Bermuda Race, the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, the Ida Lewis Distance Race, and the Stamford-Vineyard Race. The Lewises and their team finished on the podium in all but one regatta while taking first in the Around the Island Race – a stand-alone trophy during the New York Yacht Club Regatta – in addition to their Vineyard Race win.
Shown above is KENAI sailing with her UK Sailmakers X-Drive No. 1 and Titanium mainsail. Lewis originally bought the X-Drive No. 1 as a light air genoa along with a heavy No. 1 from another sailmaker. The X-Drive sail proved so much faster, even in Heavy No. 1 conditions, that it is the only No. 1 he uses now. This is a great testament to the wind range of UK’s X-Drive construction system.