Photos from Day 3 & Day 4 of the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club are now added to the gallery. Congratulations go out to Uka Uka Racing on another three first place finishes over the last two days and Full Throttle for their first as well yesterday! The Sail22 Photo Gallery is now updated with additional photos from both days! Be sure to check out Sail22's Sailing Updates brought to you by New England Ropes, GT3 Creative and Sail22 to follow all of the racing action live from the race course!
It was a great day for many of our Sail22 clients, but especially Alan Field's USA 811 WTF and Kristen Lane's USA 812 Team Brick House winning race one and two respectively of the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club! The Sail22 Photo Gallery is now posted. Enjoy! Be sure to check out Sail22's Sailing Updates to follow all of the racing action live from the race course for an innovative and easy way to keep tabs on your favorite teams!
We 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!
Since racing was abandoned for Day 2 of Charleston Race Week 2011 for all fleets, several teams gearing up for the Melges 24 Worlds in a few weeks in Corpus Christi, TX decided to head out for practice. After all, a big breeze day in Charleston doesn't even come close to a light air day in Corpus! Sail22 headed out with Ed driving while Becky took photos for the day thanks to Andrew from Protector and our sweet ride on the new Protector 25. The Full Photo Gallery from Day 2 of Charleston Race Week is now posted. Alec Cutler's Hedgehog (BER 1), Brian Porter's Full Throttle (USA 749), Alan Field's WTF (USA 811), Kristen Lane's Brick House (USA 812) and Bora Gulari's Air Force One / New England Ropes ~ West Marine (USA 820) were all out having a blast. Definitely a great day on the water!
Charleston Race Week 2011 officially started today with great conditions and lots of racing. I made it out to cover all of the inshore courses and had a great ride with Andrew on Protector's new 25 foot boat. It's always wonderful to shoot from a Protector! Thanks again to Moose McClintock from Dimension Polyant for helping out with the blogging for Sailing Updates as well. He'll be joining me on the water all weekend! Check out the Favorites Gallery I've started and will be adding to until the individual class and team galleries are ready for viewing.
Just in time for Charleston Race Week and the Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus are brand new Melges 24 parts and some popular ones back in stock! They are available in limited quantities, so make sure to get your order in as soon as possible. Orders can be placed by phone at 575-889-0022 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The new RBS Carbon Tapered Backstay Flicker...half the weight of the original and much more flexible! Easier to add a ton of backstay in heavy air sailing which we'll see in Charleston and Corpus Christi. We had some in Miami for Bacardi Race Week and sold out, but now have more in stock.
Another favorite new item is the Soak Halyard Clip! These great plastic clips ($19.95) allow you to anchor the halyard for going upwind and then it self-releases when you hoist the kite. More details in this Soak Halyard Clip blog dedicated to it.
I made it out to the Melges 20 and Melges 24 course yesterday to catch some of their action, along with the Vipers again. Great conditions with plenty of breeze! When you find your team, click the sail number in the links below the photo to be taken to the entire team gallery. Enjoy!
Sail22 will be hosting our first tuning event of 2011 in Coconut Grove, FL in conjunction with Shake-A-Leg Miami and Melges February 10-11, 2011. This event will give the Melges 20's and 24's doing the Miami Winter Regatta LOTS of practice prior to the start of it! This will also be a great session for teams training for the Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus Christi who may not be able to make the entire winter series, but want to have additional training time. The format will be a half-day on February 10th with lots and lots of starts and short course racing. Day 2 will be a two start format with longer course racing. Debriefs will be held each day. The Notice of Race is here and registration is here. The entry fee is $150. Make sure to register before February 1st to avoid the $50 late entry fee.
The 2011 Sail22 Melges 24 & Melges 32 Calendars are here! Need a calendar for 2011? Check out the Sail22 Melges 24 Calendar and the Sail22 Melges 32 Calendar today. Great for crew gifts! Price is $35 plus shipping, with a team discount of 10% to orders of 4 or more. I need 20 confirmed pre-orders of each calendar to print them, so please contact me at Becky@Sail22.com if you are interested. All pre-orders must be received by December 23, 2010.
Melges 32 Calendar Preview!
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Sail22 will be hosting our first tuning event of 2011 in Coconut Grove, FL in conjunction with Shake-A-Leg Miami February 10-11th. This event will give the Melges 24's doing the Miami Winter Regatta LOTS of practice prior to the start of it! This will also be a great session for teams training for the Worlds in Corpus Christi who may not be able to make the entire winter series, but want to have additional training time. The format will be a half-day on February 10th with lots and lots of starts and short course racing. Day 2 will be a two start format with longer courses. The Notice of Race is here and registration is here.
Sail22 will be hosting another tuning event for the Melges 24 Class April 30-May 1, 2011 in conjunction with the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Melges 24 Worlds 2011 PRO Mark Foster and his team will be involved as the Race Committee for the regatta. This event will give teams plenty of practice at the actual venue to become familiar with racing in Corpus. Plan on starts, starts and more starts and short course racing practice! The Notice of Race is available here and you can register here.
Please see the Tuning Regattas page for information on other upcoming Sail22 Tuning Events. If you are interested in doing a Sail22 Tuning regatta for your fleet, please contact us at email@example.com or by phone at 574-889-0022.
Sail22 is in Newport, RI this week for the 2010 Melges 24 Nationals and thought we'd feature some of the custom parts we have available for the Melges 24. All three make life on the Melges 24 easier!e
Sail22 Tack Deflector: Another piece of bling for your boat! The Sail22 Tack Deflector prevents the tack of your spinnaker from getting caught on the set, instead of having the bungee cord across the deck. And it looks pretty too, doesn't it?
Jib Block Cover: This pretty piece of carbon keeps your spinnaker from being sucked into the port jib block during take downs. Your sheet runs free and clear and your kite goes away smoothly. If you've ever had the spinnaker stuck there, you understand why this is necessary and if you haven't, you really don't want it to happen (aka rips in your spinnaker and ugly mark rounding).
L-Bracket Traveler System: Ever been on the low side and needed to adjust your traveler? It's tough...but this system allows you to do it easily. Everyone that has switched to it swears by it. It's an easy modification to simplify the skipper's life.
It's been awhile since we've updated our Sail22 blog, but we have some very exciting news! Introducing our new Sail22 Speed Shop and Storage facility! This past year, we expanded the Sail22 services and added the Scow Spa and Whaler Workshop. This allowed us to provide repair and maintenance services to Scows and Boston Whalers, besides the work we have been doing already with Melges 24's and Etchells. Both have been successful and we even ran out of room for our own C-Scow in our other three barns! After some talk, we decided we needed some more room at Sail22 Headquarters and began planning for our new Speed Shop. We opted for a pole barn construction and our builder has been doing an excellent job.
We look forward to the completion of the outside construction and then we get to work on the inside to make it into the Speed Shop. We are excited to be able to service our clients even better with this new addition. With this new new facility, we will improve our indoor facilities to support Melges 32's and other boats of similar size and have the capability to lift these boats for more extensive work.
We are also are renovating one of our existing barns to have an apartment, so owners or boat captains may come work on their boats here as well. Check out the photo gallery here.
We had a great time this weekend in St. Pete sailing with Team Rock Steady and the Siegler's. This was our first time sailing together and we didn't even manage to get in any practice time before the event.
We arrived in St. Pete on Thursday afternoon and Beth met us at the airport in our very sweet Team Rock Steady van. Cary and Beth do an awesome job with graphic designs and vinyl as part of their GT3Creative business. The Rock Steady van is pretty cool looking with logos all over. We headed back to the St. Pete Yacht Club and met Cary & Seth who were working on the boat and had it pretty much together. We weighed in, launched the boat and headed to the hotel to check in.
Friday was a pretty disgusting day in St. Pete. The Race Committee flew the AP on shore just as we were ready to leave the dock. We hung out on the boat, tweaking things and then heard the America's Cup was playing in the club. We headed inside and watched the giant multi-hulls race. Just before the end of the match, the AP over A was flown (racing was abandoned), so we headed to lunch and a relaxing day.
Saturday was quite cold and the breeze was up. Team Rock Steady had an excellent day on the water with a 10, 7, 6, 5 even though we didn't have the greatest starts. We had an port-starboard incident just before the finish of the first race and definitely would have had a better finish, if we hadn't been hit. Luckily, Rock Steady is strong and the pole of the other boat didn't completely hole us. After dinner, we headed out for some team bonding and indoor go kart racing at Tampa Grand Prix. Seth and Ed were our speed demons, each winning one race in the three we participated in.
Sunday was much lighter and we managed to finish two races. We finished 6th overall in the regatta and are really looking forward to Miami and our next even with Team Rock Steady!!! Congrats to Doug Fisher and team for their win!
Regatta photos make great gifts for skippers and crew! Here's a little gift from Sail22! $5 off of a $25 or more purchase from our photo gallery. Coupon code: Sail22Holiday09 (Valid December 9th-31st)
We have lots of great shots from this year's events including the Melges 24 Gold Cup, Melges 24 Worlds, Etchells North Americans, Farr 40 North Americans, Melges 32 Gold Cup and more! If you have any questions or special requests, please let us know and we can work with you to customize your gift.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.