Of course, not everyone racing V15s cares about new boat sales, the lack of a newsletter, or developing a national racing circuit. Turnover is the nature of the class. And with gas prices so high, who can afford to travel anyway? "It is what it is," says Ferrarone. "The class does its own thing, and it does it really well."
For those who made it to Larchmont, both times, the event delivered on all fronts. And for those ensconced in V15 hamlets nationwide, the racing has never been better. Fifteen years after the first Vanguard 15 advertisements invited racers to "experience sailing the way it should be, simple, fast, and fun," the class continues to make good on that promise.