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Melges 24 Worlds Day 3 Report

Yesterday brought more light air racing to the teams at the Melges 24 Worlds in Annapolis. JoeFly ITA 777 won the first race of the day and moved into first overall in the standings. The Norwegian team on NOR 804 Full Medal Jacket had a great day with a fifth in the first race of the day and a strong win in the second one.

Overall, JoeFly has a one point lead on Chris Larson's West Marine/New England Ropes and the Norwegians are in third place. Bill Hardesty's Event Clothing/Atlantis is in fourth and ITA 787 Gullisara is in fifth. Full results are posted here

Today's racing looks to be similar to yesterday with overcast skies, temps in the mid-50's and the possibility of showers. The breeze is currently 5-6 knots out of the east at 090. Hopefully the RC is able to get off three races today. We'll be updating from the water at www.sailingupdates.com all day and photos are posted from the previous days at www.sail22photography.com. We'd love to hear feedback from our followers to know where we can make improvements on the updates.


Day 2 Melges 24 Worlds 2009 Report

Day 2 of the Melges 24 Worlds 2009 was chilly, wet and breezy initially, but died off as the day when on. Uka Uka won the first race of the day, with Bill Hardesty's team, Event's Clothing/Atlantis in second, JoeFly in third and the Norwegians on Full Medal Jacket fourth and Full Throttle in fifth. Between yesterdays races, the breeze died down and teams waited for about an hour until the start of race four in the series. JoeFly won the second race of the day, with Uka Uka having a much better day and finishing second. Peter Lane on Brickhouse 539 was third, Chris Larson's West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes was fourth and Fantastica was fifth.

The current overall standings have Chris Larson on West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes in first, JoeFly in second, Bill Hardesty's Events Clothing/Atlantis in third, Full Throttle in fourth and Guillisara in fifth. Full results are available here.

Our Melges 24 Worlds Photo Gallery can be seen at www.sail22photography.com and has over 700 photos posted already. Enjoy!


Melges 24 Worlds Day 1-Sailing Updates!

We are updating at www.sailingupdates.com for the Melges 24 Worlds. Photos are posted in the Sail22 Photo Gallery in the Melges 24 Worlds 2009 Racing and more will be added. Enjoy!

Race 1: Terry Hutchinson and Quantum Racing win! Results are posted here.

Race 2: Gullisara wins. Overall results for the series are posted here. After two races, Chris Larson is in first overall.


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


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!

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!

Sail22 M24 Worlds Tuning Regatta

Register today for the upcoming Sail22 M24 Tuning Regatta. We have confirmation that both of the Lane's Brickhouse teams and Alan Field's WTF are attending the event and bringing Dave Ullman as a coach. He has volunteered to be available to help with the regatta and we look forward to having his expertise. Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians, Argyle Campbell's Rock 'N Roll and Heny Collie's Babs are currently registered. We have also had interest from the current world champions, Uka Uka and other top teams, including Chris Larson, Simon Strauss, Guy Mossman and John Podmajerksy with Max Skelley calling tactics. Click Here to register today! Feel free to email us at info@sail22.com with any questions.

More Info on the Sail22 M24 Worlds Tuning Regatta

I just wanted to give everyone an update on what we are planning with our Sail22/Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta.  The idea for this event came during the 2008 Melges 24 NA's in Annapolis when we were talking with some of the guys from Team Barbarians.  Our goal is to work with top teams to get them prepared to win the 2009 Worlds.  The way we plan to do this makes it also work for anyone with a Melges 24 that wants to improve.  We will be teaming up with current Sail22 sponsors to make this a great event.  We are also drawing in top Melges 24 sailors like Dave Ullman, Scott Nixon, Nigel Young and others to help make the event great.  Alec Stewart and Tony Arends from Velocitek will be on hand to download information from the Velocitek units on boats.  If you don't have a Velocitek they will loan you one for the event.  If you wish to purchase one before, during or after the event, we will have special pricing for event competitors. We are also working with T2P in order to get top rate video for debriefs and a DVD to be reviewed before the Worlds.  Here is the schedule for the event: Thursday Evening - Crew work demonstration and coaching.  On land.

Friday afternoon - Starts, starts and more starts.  Plus weather mark roundings and tuning to get everyone ready for the regatta and Worlds.

Friday Evening - Tactical discussions and local Annapolis knowledge

Saturday - Racing on the waters of the Cheasepeake Bay where we will be racing in the Worlds.

Saturday evening -  Velocitek/GPS and video debrief and local weather talk.

Sunday - Racing on the waters of the Cheasepeake Bay where we will be racing in the Worlds.

Sunday after races - Velocitek/GPS and video debrief and awards.

Check back here for more information on the event.  Feel free to contact us at info@sail22.com with any questions or suggestions.  We will work with all teams to make this a valuable event for everyone heading to the Worlds.

Follow the lead of Team Barbarians and register for the event here - Yachtscoring.com or click on the Tuning Regatta tab.

Neil Sullivan's MFatic Racing Downwind at the 2008 NA's

J24 Worlds 2009-Day 1

Barbados Flag Today is the first Day of the J24 Worlds 2009 in Annapolis, MD. It’s a typical Annapolis spring day with winds at 080 from 10-15 knots, temperatures in the low 60’s and spitting rain. The fleet is headed out near Thomas Point for the racing. We are working with Team Barbados and are watching and supporting them from a Protector 22 all week.  Barbados has two teams here for the event and this is the first year their country has qualified for the Worlds. Both teams are sponsored by Mt. Gay Rum, Cinnamon 88 and the The Four Seasons. Hawkeye is being skippered by Robert Povey and Maximum is skippered by Colin Symes. The teams are not quite used to the weather here and we had to find them some more long underwear to go with all of their new SLAM gear. Should be some good racing today with 82 boats registered and great conditions. We’ll be updating on Twitter throughout the regatta.