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.
Day one of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2011 for the sport boats only allowed for one race due to major thunderstorms that moved through Biscayne Bay. I made it out to the Viper course and had a chance to take in the action there. Enjoy the full gallery of Viper Racing on Sail22Photography.com! I'll add more photos to the gallery from the regatta for the Vipers and will be adding other galleries for the other classes. Hopefully tomorrow, there will be plenty of racing on all of the courses!
We're in Miami for the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week at Shake-A-Leg. The Sail22 Trailer is set up and has been quite busy! The Viper Team we sponsor, Jackpot, was out sailing today and they took some photos for us. We'll both be sailing this week on the Melges 24, Rock Steady with Cary, Beth and Seth Seigler. Check out the photo gallery here.
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.
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.