Sail22 Grab Bag Giveaway | Always happy. Never satisfied.®

We work with some great companies in the sailing industry and they often give us goodies to promote their companies. Our cup runneth over right now as the saying goes, so it's time for a big giveaway! We also have some extra Sail22 branded things which we added to the giveaway. Grab bags are all different and may include stickers, t-shirts, hats, visors, small bags, product samples, Sail22 Gift Certificates, a Sail22 First Aid Kit, gear, shoes and more. The average value per bag is over $50! We are lucky to work with these great companies who support us: Harken, McLube, Ronstan, Sailrite, Ullman Sails, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Sebago, Hall Spars & Rigging, Boeshield, Gill and New England Ropes. There are 10 Grab Bags in the contest and every bag has at least three items in it!!! It's easy to enter:

Here’s what you need to do to enter to win…

Please leave ONE comment below this blog post stating that you completed step 1 below (leave only one comment please). That ONE comment will serve as your giveaway entry.

1. Like Sail22 on Facebook (if you don't already) and make this your status: “Go check out @Sail22 at www.Sail22.com to enter to win a grab bag of sailing goodies!” and leave ONE comment on the blog about what you hope we have in our goodie bags!

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1. Share a link to this blog post on your favorite Forum or Twitter. Then come back and tell us you did by leaving a link with a separate (second) comment in the comments section below.

2. Visit our little Always Happy Life / Sail22 shop and have a look around and then come back here and leave ONE comment letting us know why you want to win and what products you would add to your shopping list!

3. Go to Sail22 Photography and pick out your favorite photo. Click the Share button below the photo and put in the message "Check out the @Sail22 photography galleries from www.Sail22.com & be entered in a great giveaway!" for Facebook or for Twitter "Check out the @Sail22 photography galleries from www.Sail22.com & be entered in a great giveaway!"

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You can have five chances to win with the bonus entries! Good Luck!!!

The Sail22 Giveaway starts today and will end on March 7th at midnight (EST). The winners will be selected by random number generator and announced here on the blog on March 8th . The winners will have 24 hours to claim their winnings or another winner will be selected.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participants are providing information to Sail22 and not to Facebook.

***Shipping of giveaway grab bags is free in the United States. Winners out of the US can pick up their bags at a future regatta.***


Melges 24 Worlds 2011 & Sailing Updates

DSC_0002We arrived in Corpus Christi, Texas for the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds on Monday night with the Sail22 Support Trailer and a Melges 24. We hit the ground running and have the Sail22 Support Trailer set up and fully stocked to help any team. In order to support teams even more, our relationship with New England Ropes has grown with great new cordage in stock from now on and their logo on the Sail22 Support Trailer as a sponsor! We're ecstatic to have Ed's cousin, Bill Becker joining us full time at Sail22 to add even more support for teams. He's a great addition to Sail22!

In addition to being on site with the Sail22 Support Trailer, we will be providing live coverage of the mark roundings, finishes and blogging from the racing with Sailing Updates for the Melges 24 Worlds. If you haven't had a chance to it out yet, head over to Sailing Updates and see what it's all about. We're pretty proud of it and think GT3 Creative has done an awesome job making our ideas work! We've had some great feedback from the past events and know there will be many followers of the teams here in Corpus from all over the World. Look for great coverage on Sailing Updates by Sail22 (smartphone friendly even!) and Becky's photography starting soon!


Sail22 Tips & Tricks: McLube Hullkote

We're off to the C-Scow Nationals this weekend at Chautauqua Lake and figured we share a favorite Sail22 Scow Spa trick. Did you know that McLube's Hullkote is not only great for go fast bottoms, but also works as an amazing degreaser and cleaner?

The great thing about Hullkote is that it is citrus based is better for both you and the environment. Since citrus is a natural degreaser, it quickly works to remove the grime. Think about the smell and feel of the petroleum based teflon polishes. You might as well bathe your hands in gasoline with the traditional teflon product, but not with Hullkote, which has a fresh citrus scent (smells like oranges!) and cool lime green color. Click here for the directions for normal application of McLube's Hullkote and here for the product specs which detail the how/why it works.


Whenever we have a really dirty spot on a boat, we'll grab our favorite bottle of Hullkote and a rag and make a paste over the spot. If the whole boat is dirty (think city grit in Chicago or the lovely jet fuel in Annapolis), we'll spray the boat down and then use the Hullkote to get her clean and fast. If the spot is really, really bad, apply the Hullkote liberally a second time, let it dry a little (it will be a light green, so it's easy to find), break out your buffer or some elbow grease and you should be sparkling.

We'll have plenty of McLube products at C-Scow Nationals, so look for us in our Sail22 shirts for a sample!


Tuesday Tips & Tricks: West System Six10

We're starting a new Tuesday tradition at Sail22.com...Sail22 Tips & Tricks where we'll share with our readers about some of the how-tos to make your life easier.

So, here it goes, in our first Sail22 Tips & Tricks post we want to introduce you to a favorite product we often use in the Sail22 Speed Barn by West System called Six10 Epoxy Adhesive. The boys and girls up at West System up in Bay City, MI have made using their epoxy much easier. The simple concept that we have seen from Plexis and other companies with the fancy mixing tip has been incorporated by West System for everyone's all important boat building needs. All you need is a tube of West System's Six10 Epoxy and a basic caulk gun. Screw on the tip and you are good to go. The tube is pre-measured to dispense exactly the right amounts of each part into the tip and mix it all together. If you have a bigger project like putting a hull-deck seam together this is your best option. The mixing tip allows you to squirt the thickened epoxy right were you need it. If you have a little project that only requires a small amount of epoxy, there is no longer a need to pull out the boat building kit anymore! Just use West System's Six10 Epoxy without the mixing tip and squeeze out your desired amount into a mixing cup. Once again, the tube is super smart and gives you the correct portions of each of the two parts to make a great thickened epoxy ready for anything. Just mix it up with a stir stick and you are ready to go!

We're doing free shipping on West System Six10 for the month of June. So give us a call to order at 574-889-0022 or email us at info@sail22.com and we'll send it out right away!

West System provides some great informational tutorials online with video instruction as well here. Make sure you check it out and learn all about this Sail22 Speed Barn favorite!


Sail22 in Sailing World

Check out the April 2010 issue of Sailing World which is out now (or could be on your coffee table) for a short article about Sail22 on page 16. We are very honored to have this recognition and thankful all of our hard work is paying off! We're currently working on an article for an upcoming issue of Sailing World.


Chicago Strictly Sail

I had never been to the Chicago Strictly Sail show before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Chicago is a water loving community and the city has done a very nice job of making the waterfront accessible to everyone. The show in Chicago is held in Navy Pier, which is quite unlike the show Annapolis Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami that I've been to. I heard from many people that I ran into that the show was approximately 25% smaller than it has been in the past and it did seem pretty small.

I started my day in the elevator with a man and his friend who had come to the show to buy a boat. He had his camera ready and he knew exactly what he wanted...something around 17 feet that could sleep 4 comfortably. And he was serious. I wonder if he found it?!? Even though the show was smaller, I do think it was a good sign that someone really did want to buy a boat and get into sailing.

I made stops at the booths of some of our vendors and had quick meetings. Of course, I had to explain to many of them why Ed wasn't there. "He's in Grenada for Grenada Sailing Festival. Poor guy, I know...Well, if it's any consolation he is racing on a J24." Luckily, I went last year and it is a great event. Can I say, I'm a little bit jealous though?!?

I met with Ron Miller from Nexus. He used to be our Tacktick rep, but has recently started at Nexus and their electronics products look interesting. We are happy to have this as an option for our clients when they are looking for new instruments.

Next up was a meeting with our rep, Nathan McKinley, from Kaenon. I ended up jumping in and helping him out as he became swamped with people wanting to check out the newest Kaenon shades. We'll be placing an order for Kaenon's to restock our supply in the next week after selling out of many of our styles at Key West Race Week. If there is anything you want us to order, let us know. Kaenon has many new styles and some great options in the lower price range now as well.

Ronstan was next and Ben Moon filled me on on the latest and greatest. The Orbit blocks, which are some of my personal favorites, have some new additions to the family. Instead of just having the becket, many now have a swivel head and shackle option. The new Jib Car Lead system look like it could be pretty sweet as well. The Carbon Battlesticks received a face lift this year too with a new grip for decreased hand fatigue.

The Melges booth was busy with both Harry, Andy and Jim Gluek showing off their beautiful boats. Melges 20 #160 and all of the scows smelled like they had just been pulled from the molds yesterday! I had my first opportunity to race on the Melges 20 at the first event of the Miami Melges 20 Winter Series in Coconut Grove in December and can't wait for my next chance! The boat is a blast and feels a lot like the Melges 24, but at the end of the event, I could still feel both of my legs! I'm definitely sold...now to figure out how Sail22 will get one. If you are offered a chance to sail on one of these great little boats, find a way to make it happen!

Spinlock has one of my favorite products of all time, the Spinlock Knee Pad. They have saved my knees so many times on the Melges 24 and Farr 40. If you don't have them, I highly recommend them. They have been upgraded a bit with a new higher density foam and are slightly more ergonomic. I am putting in an order this week to replenish the Sail22 stock for sure! Their Deck Vests are definitely the best if you are looking for an inflatable PFD and their clutches and jammers have new options for the jaws now too.

Unfortunately, I some how missed Ron Rosenberg from McLube. Look for a new McLube logo on our Sail22 trailer soon which is part of an ad that will be in Seahorse Magazine for the McLube products. I was fortunate they picked my photo to use for the ad and am looking forward to seeing it in print and on the trailer. As always, Sail22 highly recommends McLube HullKote, OneDrop and SailKote. We always have plenty in stock and samples as well, so stop by at the next event and see the new graphic and pick up a McLube sample!

A great group from the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club met at the show and visited our very own Rear Commodore, Matt Grant of SailRite. We discussed our upcoming season on Lake Maxinkuckee and then we headed to dinner at Ben Pao's. Excellent food and company!


November Already?!?!?

Can it really be November already?? What a busy year this has been and how the time has flown by! We are gearing up for the next several weeks which include heading the the Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championships this coming weekend, Thanksgiving with our families in Culver, several meetings in Atlanta and then the Melges 32 Gold Cup or Etchells Jaguar Cup. We haven't decided which event we'll be at yet, but either way, we'll be updating from SailingUpdates.com. We'll also be in Key West again this year. Let us know if you need help with housing, team chefs, lunches, crew gear or anything else.

Check out out our photo galleries from all of the past events this year here.

Here are a few quotes from some of our teams and sponsors we've received recently about Sail22:

"Thanks for all your help u made the regatta easier and more fun for us." -Alexis Michas, Zetiana

"Thanks for all your help. We will absolutely use Sail22 again." -Kristen Lane, Team Brickhouse

"Thank you once again for always providing outstanding service to all." -Ron Rosenberg, McLube


Short & Sweet SailingUpdates.com

Sail22 and Sail22Gear.com are happy to bring you updates from the race course at the Melges 24 Worlds through SailingUpdates.com. We've used Twitter and Facebook in the past to let everyone know what is going on at the J-24 Worlds and Farr 40 North Americans. We've had lots of comments, requests and suggestions. We plan to provide short updates about mark roundings, finishes, results, links to our photo gallery and some quick videos. We hope you enjoy it!


Viper Lake Lanier Regatta Report from Team Jackpot

Here's an update from Jackpot, sponsored by Sail22Gear.com:

As we packed up and headed south from the cold that had now settled in Detroit Michigan, we thought about the warmer times that lay ahead of us in Lake Lanier, Georgia. We arrived at the Yacht club early Friday morning to rig Jackpot and head out to practice. While out on the water, we were joined by two or three other Vipers that stayed out with us while the wind built to 15-20 knots. We did some speed testing and practiced some boat handling manoeuvres, it was nice to be out in the fresh water again.

We woke up on Saturday morning, it was a tropical 42 degrees and raining. Although it was very cold, we completed a strong 5 races in the 12-18 knots of breeze mixed in with the osculating winds of inland sailing. There were many close battles with Umburger, Porter and Guggs throughout the day. We finished the first day on top, with a final point score of 8 (finishes of 4,1,1,1,1). Thoroughly chilled, we came into the club to have some rum drinks by the fire. There was some excellent regatta food that tasted some good old down home cooking.

Sunday rolled around with more of the same cold weather, but without the rain. In the two races held on Sunday, we continued to battle with Umburger and Porter for the first place spot. On the last take down of the first race, our Spinnaker became hooked on the sprit, but we managed to keep it in good enough shape to be able to finish the last race in first place. On the sail in, we watched a Viper gybe in big breeze and go over. It kept going and going until she turtled. That experience led me to believe that the new heavier keel and carbon rig are important additions to theboat.

The whole regatta had a very down home, blue collar feel. Everyone there was very hospitable and they did a great job of putting on a regatta. We hope to return again next year.


Teams End Sail22 Tuning Regatta with a Look at All Conditions

Light air on Sunday provided the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Regatta Competitors a glimpse at the full range of breeze they may experience at the Worlds later in October. At the 10am start, the breeze was around 5 knots, but tapered off on the second downwind leg. Uka Uka managed to win race 6 of the regatta, followed by Kristen Lane, Stuart Simpson, Chris Larson and Bill Hardesty. Racing was abandoned for the rest of the day at 1pm and teams headed into shore for awards.

Chris Larson's Team West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes was first overall and received a $500 gift certificate from Henri Lloyd and shoes for the entire team from Sebago. Alan Field's WTF was second overall and received shoes for the entire team from Sebago, a vest from Melges Performance Sailing and a shirt from Ullman Sails. Third overall was Bill Hardesty's Ask Vince who received shoes for the entire team from Sebago and a couple of Team McLube t-shirts.

Sarah Curran was the lucky winner of a pair of Kaenon Bolsa's after her team on Alan Field's WTF lobbied hard for her to be the very deserving winner. Sarah had broken her sunglasses on Saturday. After the awards teams hung around and enjoyed snacks and Heineken beer.

Alec from Velocitek has made a YouTube video of the 5 races on Saturday. To replay the races go to this link. For photos of the event you can go to the Sail22 Photos page. Full results are available here.

Sail22 would like to extend a special thanks to Greg Furry, Bill Becker, Andy Okun, Michelle Savage & Mike Floyd from Atlantic Rigging, Rod Jabin from Jabin's Yacht Yard, Jon Forst and Gavin O'Hare for their generosity in helping to make the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta a success. We would also like to thank our wonderful sponsors: Henri Lloyd,Annapolis Sailing School, Velocitek, West System Epoxy, Kaenon Polarized, Rite in the Rain,Heineken,Atlantic Rigging, Sebago, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Ullman Sails, Astral Buoyancy,McLube,WRI Weatherand Sail22gear.com.


Sail22 M24 Tuning Regatta Day 2 Report

Another great day on the water today for the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta. Conditions were ideal with 18-22knots breeze early and a little lighter late in the day before the breeze built again. We were able to run 5 full races with 2 starts per race and for kicks we threw in another set of starts so teams could race into the harbor. Chris Larson on USA 655 West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes is in first place, with Alan Field's team on WTF in second, followed by Bill Hardesty on Ask Vince, Peter Lane's Brickhouse 539, Argyle Campbell's Rock N Roll, Simon Strauss' Simplicity, Guy Mossman's Battle Rhythm, Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians, Kristin Lane's Brickhouse 623 and Rome Kirby's USA 620 rounding out the top 10. Five races seemed to have worn out a lot of the sailors but there were zero complaints at the debrief as the teams took full advantage of the opportunity to get in lots of practice for the upcoming World Championship. The day ended with a great debrief and Alec Stewart from Velocitek replayed some of the racing from the data collected on the Velocitek's on the water. Teams contributed to the information about the conditions on the water and Sail22 was able to support teams with giveaways of gear from the sponsors of our event. We look forward to more racing tomorrow as we will aim for 3 to 4 races. Full Results and Photos.

The Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta is very grateful to our wonderful sponsors: Henri Lloyd,Annapolis Sailing School, Velocitek, West System Epoxy, Kaenon Polarized, Rite in the Rain,Heineken,Atlantic Rigging, Sebago, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Ullman Sails, Astral Buoyancy, McLube,WRI Weatherand Sail22gear.com.


Sail22 M24 Tuning Regatta Day 1 Report

It was a beautiful day for day one of the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta in Annapolis. Teams were able to get in four races with thirteen starts in total in a nice southerly sea breeze of 12-15 knots with puffs up to 20 knots. Throughout the day 18 teams participated and were coached by Dave Ullman throughout the racing. Check out today's photo gallery here. This evening was a great local weather talk from North Sail's Allan Terhune which was well received by the teams.

The Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta is very grateful to our wonderful sponsors: Henri Lloyd, Annapolis Sailing School, Velocitek, West System Epoxy, Kaenon Polarized, Rite in the Rain, Heineken,Atlantic Rigging, Sebago, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Ullman Sails, Astral Buoyancy, McLube, WRI Weatherand Sail22gear.com.


Preview Day 1 Sail22 Melges 24 Tuning Regatta

Day One of the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta is today. Teams gathered at the Annapolis Sailing School last evening to finalize registration, pick up bow numbers and meet about today's practice racing. We will run short course races with lots of extra starts to help teams get ready for the weekends regatta format. A lot of suggestions were give so we could get a plan for what the teams are looking to get out of this event. Teams seem excited and ready to get out on the water. We will start at 1pm today and Dave Ullman will be working with the teams all day. Tonight at 6pm we will have the North Sails One Design Local Knowledge Talk at the Annapolis Sailing School. Everyone is welcome. We will have photos, video and a GPS tracking debrief at this time as well. GPS tracking will be done using Velocitek instruments.

We are very grateful to our sponsors: Henri Lloyd, Annapolis Sailing School, Velocitek, West System Epoxy, Kaenon Polarized, Rite in the Rain, Heineken,Atlantic Rigging, Sebago, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Ullman Sails, Astral Buoyancy, McLube, WRI Weatherand Sail22gear.com.


Henri Lloyd Sail22Gear.com Store!

Announcing our newest addition to Sail22...our mobile Henri Lloyd Store!!! You've heard us talk about Sail22Gear.com for a little while and here it is! The trailer was finished on Friday afternoon and the graphics applied yesterday. Finishing touches will happen when it arrives in Annapolis on Monday. We will have a full inventory of Henri Lloyd gear for you to check out at our Sail22 Melges 24 Tuning Regatta when it makes it's debut this week. We'll continue to have our Sail22 Support Trailer at events as well in order to provide our clients with everything needed. Both trailers will be at the Annapolis Sailing School starting this week and will remain in Annapolis through the Melges 24 Worlds. Please contact us for any information at 574-889-0022 or info@sail22.com


Flash Gordon Wins Farr 40 North Americans!

Congratulations to Helmut Jahn's & Evan Jahn's Flash Gordon on winning the 2009 Farr 40 North American's sponsored by Rolex. Bob Hughes' Heartbreaker was second overall and in third was Don Wilson's Convexity. Defiant, owned and skippered by Grant Hood had two bullets in the first two races of the day, but unfortunately had to retire in the third race. Defiant finished fourth overall and Phil Dowd's Inferno was fifth. Photos from the event can be seen here in the Sail22 would like to especially thank Michael Kennedy, Flash Gordon and Ed Adams, Spaceman Spiff and Convexity for allowing me to be on the race course daily to update and take photos.

Viper 640 North American Champions!

Sail22Gear.com Sponsored Viper 640 "Jackpot" Congratulations to Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Eric Vigass on "Jackpot" sponsored by Sail22gear.com and Henri Lloyd on winning the Viper 640 North American's this weekend! We'll have a regatta report from them later this week.

Sixteen Teams Registered!!!

We now have 16 boats registered for the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta on October 8-11, 2009! We are happy to announce Rite in the Rain has been added to our great list of sponsors of the regatta. All of our Sailing Instructions will be printed on their water resistant paper and each skipper will receive a notebook as well. Register today!

WRI Named Official Weather Sponsor

Sail22 is pleased to have Weather Routing, Inc team up with us as our official weather sponsor to make our Sail22 Melges 24 Tuning Regatta an even better event.  Competitors will have access to WRI's daily forecast for race days and also receive a 1 month premium subscription to Seaweather which is an online weather supplement to get them through the Melges 24 Worlds!

Weather Routing, Inc

14 Boats Registered & More New Sponsors!

We have top teams attending the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta! In total we have 14 teams registered for the event as of today includeing the current World & European Champion, Lorenzo Bressani's Uka Uka. We also are excited to have Sebago and West System joining our already great sponsors. Sebago will be awarding gift certificates for every skipper and crew on each of the top 3 teams and West System will be giving each team the new Six10 thickened epoxy which is a great product.

11 Boats Registered! Add yours today!

We now have 11 boats registered for the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta. We've heard of 4-6 potential more boats and have extended the early registration until Midnight tonight before the $50 late fee goes into effect. Look for a press release later this week with the exciting details about the event! Our teams can look forward to having Dave Ullman at the event and great products from Henri Lloyd, Velocitek, Astral Bouyancy and McLube!