Melges 24 Worlds

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.


Melges 24 Worlds Bow Numbers

We've had several requests for Bow Numbers matched to boats, so below is the full list:

Bow Number Boat Name Sail Number
11 USA 511 USA 511
12 PBR Street Gang USA 602
13 Gullisara ITA 803
14 Evil Doughnut USA 514
15 Funtech Racing USA 615
16 OMI USA 802
17 WTF USA 587
19 Gelikt NED 789
20 USA 620 USA 620
21 Wild Child USA 721
22 Zetiana USA 575
23 Brickhouse 623 USA 623
24 Tom Slick USA 604
25 Vamoose USA 725
26 Chillout USA 606
28 Conejo/OSA USA 785
31 Brinkmanship USA 21
32 Team Barbarians GBR 691
33 High Voltage USA 533
34 Full Medal Jacket NOR 804
35 Altea ITA 735
36 Unsponsored GER 635
37 JoeFly ITA 777
39 Brickhouse 539 USA 539
40 Wilco! USA 540
41 Blackdog Racing CAN 121
42 Millewa Milluna USA 771
43 CAN 723 CAN 723
44 Zig Zag FRA 644
45 Rock N Roll USA 795
46 Zingara CAN 446
47 Monsoon USA 747
49 Full Throttle USA 749
50 Ardor/C.R.E.A.M. USA 700
51 Quantum Racing USA 751
52 Scotch Bonnet USA 552
53 Events Clothing/Atantis USA 553
55 West Marine/New England Ropes USA 655
57 Simplicity USA 757
58 Mustang USA 658
59 Gannet USA 679
60 I'm With Stupid USA 160
61 UKR 661 UKR 661
62 Blu Moon SUI 782
63 Blur Pacific Energy USA 773
64 Sweaty Betty USA 744
65 Fantastica ITA 765
66 Battle Rhythm USA 786
67 Uka Uka ITA 787
68 Tiburon USA 568
69 Team Peacemaker USA 769
70 Cracker Racing USA 770

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.


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!


Sail22's Gear Must Haves for the Melges 24 Worlds

Do you have everything you need for the Melges 24 Worlds October 23-31, 2009 in Annapolis, MD? After living in Annapolis for 5 years, it can be pretty hit or miss on the weather. It's currently raining, cold (in the 40's) and there's that bone chilling dampness present in the air. I don't even think the ducks are enjoying the weather!

Last year's Melges 24 North American's were pretty cold and teams coming to the Worlds will need to be prepared. Here's our list.

Highly Recommended things to Bring or Buy: 1) Dubarry Boots -Ed has the Newports which were released this past Spring and really likes them. They retail for $299 and have more support than any other Dubarry boots. The sole is a sneaker style and they have the Gore-Tex liner to keep your feet dry! I've had the Dubarry Annapolis (discontinued) for several years and wear them all of the time. The Newport is a newer version of the Annapolis. If you don't already have Dubarry's they are one of the best investments insailing gear you can make! 2) Great Foul Weather Gear -Sail22 is proud to be a Henri Lloyd Elite Dealer. We have the full range of Henri Lloyd gear available at Sail22Gear.com and have plenty of gear available,  just let us know what you'll need. We highly recommend the TP2 Alpha Shadow 2G Salopette and the TP2 Alpha Shadow 2G Smock & Hooded Smock. The nice thing about the Hooded Smock is that it is a full spray top with a built in hood with Henri Lloyd's Optivision so that you can still see with your hood up! 3) Water Resistant Shorts -This time of year is the perfect time to break out the heavier pairs of shorts. Henri Lloyd makes a great pair, the TP2 Alpha Shadow Short. Everyone that we know that has tried them raves about them. 4) Wicking Layers -Dig out your ski stuff...seriously! Base layers, vests and jackets for sure. No matter what, you are going to need them. We have lots of Henri Lloyd Atmosphere and and Featherweight shirts, along with our new favorite jacket, the Henri Lloyd Fusion Soft Shell. Many teams love the Patagonia and SLAM layers too. 5) Socks-Wool & Waterproof -Last year at the Melges 24 North American's we tried out the Dubarry wool socks for the first time. They are our favorite wool socks for sailing. We also really like our Smartwool socks and a must have is a pair of Gore-Tex Seal Skins. 6) Gloves, Hand Warmers & Winter Hats -Check out the new Henri Lloyd Stealth Winter Gloves which are made of neoprene. I can't wait to try them out! Grab some hand warmers, they really do work for warming your fingers up between races. Winter hats are a must too...we have some Sail22 ones still, let us know if you are interested! 7) All of your regular sailing gear...after all...it is Annapolis and might be 80 and sunny... We can only hope!


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.


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!

Sail22 M24 Tuning Regatta-Sept 1st Early Registration Deadline

Register today for the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta on October 8-11, 2009 sponsored by Henri Lloyd, Velocitek and Astral Buoyancy. A $50 late fee starts on September 1st so sign up today! We are excited to have a great event planned and have confirmation from the current world champion, Lorenzo Bressani's Uka Uka that they will be attending. Look for more details about all the great things we have planned for our teams soon!

Astral Bouyancy Joins the Sail22 M24 Regatta

Astral Norge Life Jacket Astral Bouyancy will be joining our sponsors of the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta to be held on October 8-11th in Annapolis, Maryland. They will have their great life jackets available for sailors to try out for the day on the water. It's always hard to find a life jacket you love and we think this is the best way to pick one!

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