The Sail22 Support Trailer was in need of a little bit of a face lift recently, so we decided it was time to go for a full trailer wrap. We sorted through the Sail22 Photographyphoto galleries and came up with one photo of each of the different classes we work with on a regular basis to grace the sides of the trailer. Our friends, Cary and Beth atGT3 Creative recently purchased a large format printer capable of printing on wrap material, so it seemed like a no brainer for us. They do awesome design work and we use them for our web designs, logos, etc and highly recommend them. Tell them you heard it from Sail22!  We sent them our design and they printed and flew the wrap out with them to Culver, Indiana.

They arrived at Sail22 Headquarters late Thursday evening and started on the wrap early Friday morning. We had pulled the Sail22 Support Trailer into the Speed Barn, so they had a climate controlled area to work in. The wrap looked great from the start. We posted several of the “in process” photos on our Sail22 Facebook page if you didn’t see them. Make sure you “like” our page while you’re there to see our regular updates that do not make it onto the blog. We update it frequently!

Here’s the official reveal! We couldn’t be more excited about how it turned out and can’t wait to show it off when we head south for the winter regatta circuit. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Passenger Side with the Etchells and front view with a Melges 32


J80′s Going Downwind on the rear of the trailer

Melges 32 Spinnaker Take Down

Melges 24 Start and J80′s


Chris Chadwick owner of the J80 Church Key sent us a guest post about last weekend’s J80 East Coast Championship in Annapolis, Maryland. Ed and I had so much fun sailing on Church Key and it’s always sweeter to win when you sail with friends. It was also a nice change to not be photographing the regatta and sailing instead! Check out Sara Proctor’s SailFastPhoto images for some great shots from the weekend.

Without further adieu, here’s Chris’s report:



J80 ECC’s

If anyone has seen Church Key, you’ll know what I mean when I say she doesn’t look all that special. She’s hull number 59. She’s a little beat up, with outdated blocks and parts, many of which we have scavenged from discards of other boats (we actually took smaller parts off of bigger broken things, like masts, to stay sailing at the worlds!). As a military family with 3 children (all of which sail, too), resources are tight. As a result, the old girl doesn’t get much love, but we do the best we can. Kerry Klingler, a longtime friend and the Quantum Sails J Boat guru helps us out as best he can, often selling “lightly” used sails to keep us on the water (our race mainis the sail Terry Flynn used in last year’s World’s). This year we were fortunate to hook up with Sail22 for rigging sponsorship, providing much needed new halyards and sheets! (Becky and Ed are the best!!)

Well, back to Church Key…As I said, she’s not the prettiest girl at the dance, but she gets the jobdone (sort of like a German Sausage maker…) and she is very loved by her family.

So after a whirlwind summer experiencing moderate success traveling around the Northeast, the old girl made it home in time for the 2011 J80 East Coast Championships at Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis on October 28-30th. We finalized the crew for the event only 2 weeks prior at the Annapolis

Boat Show. Tom Murray, my constant on the boat was set to trim jib. Ed and Becky Furry, owners of Sail22, were going to be in town, and they hardly are able to sail together, so the offer of teaming up on the boat was too good to pass up. Ed trimmed Spinnaker and called the upwind shots, and Becky

called wind, boats and generally attempted to keep me at least moderately in check during an incredibly shifty regatta.

The forecast for the weekend was sketchy. Friday would be chilly, with a nice breeze from the Northeast that would slowly diminish. Saturday we were to be besieged by an early winter Nor’easter…and then Sunday was just cold, with even shiftier conditions from the Northwest. The first day of sailing was intense. Church Key scrambled to make the first race after a last minute outhaul fix on the way out. Firebolt, owned by Bill Hunt, sailed a great first day. Through four races they ended the day in first with 11 points. Will Crump, sailing on Jeff’s Boat and our crew on Church Key were right on Firebolt’s heels in a tie for second (Will was winning the tie breaker with two bullets) at 13 points. John White was 5 points back sitting in 4th. At the end of the day, we took a good look at the impending storm and made the smart decision to postpone sailing forSaturday. Seeing the weather that hit, this was an incredibly smart call!!

The last day of sailing started with freezing temperatures and shifty winds. We got out to the race course and commenced race one of the day. Our team talked prior to the start and decided we were going to sail our own race and stay clear of everyone at the start. We went for the boat end at the start and were given the opportunity to push Will Crump over the line. This wasn’t the plan, but it didn’t hurt us either. Though not our greatest race, we scored a 5, better than the 2 boats in front of us going into the day. Suddenly we were sitting with two points in first and John White had moved into the second position. The second race we were launched. Ed and Becky kept us in the wind and Tom did a great job on the jib to keep us driving through increasingly shifty conditions. By the end of the second leg, we had a nice lead and played cover for the remainder of the race. The 3rd race continued with our goal of consistency. The wheels stayed on and we were able to work the shifts nicely. We finished with a 2nd. At this point the wind had shifted drastically and the current was strong. The Race Committee attempted to shift the course and get one last race off. They finally were able to start a fourth race, but the shifts were so drastic that the committee decided to abandon the race and call it a day. We had won the regatta with a solid 10 point lead!!!

As we all know, the driver is just the idiot in the back of the boat trying not to screw it up! All credit for the win goes to Tom Murray, who is always there for me on Church Key, and to Ed and Becky Furry, whose support for our family program on and off the water has been truly a blessing. And without the joy of sailing against such a tight group of friends that is the J80 class, what would be the point?And, as always, my love and thanks to Liz, Riley, Madeline and Hadley, the 4 other women in my life…

See you on the water soon!!!

Chris Chadwick

USA 59

Church Key



Sail22 is in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with our Sail22 Regatta Support Trailer for the 2011 Melges 24 Nationals hosted by Lake Geneva Yacht Club on September 30th through October 2nd. The Melges 24 is one of our favorite classes to work with and we look forward to seeing everyone! We are fully stocked with our New England Ropes cordage wall, some great new Sail22 gear, go fast Melges 24 parts and more! Sail22 will be providing our Sailing Updates live regatta coverage of the event to keep those who aren’t able to be in Lake Geneva updated with mark roundings and live blogging from on the water. Becky will also be photographing the Nationals and posting images on Sail22 Photography.

Just under twenty boats are already here prepping for what will be the third largest Melges 24 Nationals in the history of the class. It definitely makes sense since Lake Geneva Yacht Club is the home club of Melges Boat Works. We stopped by Zenda today to say hello and pick up a few things. Always a great place to visit!

We’re also bringing our newest member of the Sail22 team with us, Dana Keller, who has joined our company to provide even better customer service and support to our clients. Stop by and meet Dana at the Sail22 Support Trailer to say hello!




The Sail22 Speed Barn is now fully winterized with spray foam Icynene insulation thanks to Eco-Comfort which will now allow us to work on sailboats in our facility throughout the winter in a warm environment! Winters in the Culver, Indiana area are a bit chilly and last year, we toughed it out without insulation, but it was cold! We spent a lot of time doing our research on types of insulation, cost, R-value, thickness, environmental and health factors. We decided that spray foam was the way to go and interviewed several different companies. We chose Randy and his team at Eco-Comfort in the end and feel we couldn’t have chosen anyone better to do our project. Randy is extremely knowledgeable about the types of insulation available on the market and Icynene was the best product we could find, as well as being at a reasonable cost. It’s the only insulation type used by the American Lung Association and sprayed using a water base, with no harsh chemicals. Definitely an important factor when you’re considering having it in your home or business for many, many, many years!

Randy and his team came by on Thursday and they went to work. The guys did an excellent job covering with plastic anything that wouldn’t be sprayed. As an added bonus, we also had them insulate our garage roof deck and our basement stone foundation along the perimeter. They worked quickly and managed to cover and spray both of these areas, as well as completely cover the Sail22 Speed Barn for insulation on Friday. They even left our basement cleaner than when they started! Thanks guys! We had the team spray the roof deck and walls of the barn on Friday and they did a great job. The spray insulation is pretty amazing stuff. It’s sprayed, hardens in about 15 seconds and only spreads through the path of least resistance and stops, so it doesn’t damage a structure. And the smells during and after they spray is minimal, tolerable and dissipates quickly. Super clean, super insulated and ready for the winter! We couldn’t be happier with our experience working with Eco-Comfort and are planning to have them back in a few weeks to insulate the old barn Ed’s dad has been renovating to become his workshop space and Becky’s new Always Happy Life Photography studio!


The Canadian Team Vincere, of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, skippered by Oskar Johaneson leads the United States team from Macatawa Bay Yacht Club’s Team Heritage, skippered by Bob Hughes in the second day of racing at the 2011 Canada’s Cup being sailed in Holland, Michigan by three races to two races. Sail22′s Sailing Updates is providing live blog coverage of the 2011 Canada’s Cup with short video clips of the racing uploaded from the water. After waiting for weather to pass in the morning, the teams raced two races in the afternoon, with both teams earning a victory. Photo gallery by Becky Furry with racing from today is now available on Sail22 Photography and will continue to be added to throughout the event. Racing will continue tomorrow with the winner of the Canada’s Cup 2011 being determined by 7pm on Sunday evening.


The Canadian Team Vincere, of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, skippered by Oskar Johaneson leads the United States team from Macatawa Bay Yacht Club’s Team Heritage, skippered by Bob Hughes in the first day of racing at the 2011 Canada’s Cup being sailed in Holland, Michigan. Sail22′s Sailing Updates is providing live blog coverage of the 2011 Canada’s Cup with short video clips of the racing uploaded from the water. After day one of racing having “hurry up and wait” conditions leading to no racing, the teams headed out early with the possibility of four races on Friday. Team Heritage came out strong, winning the first race in the series, however, the Canadians quickly showed they came to put up a good fight and swept the last two races of the day. Team Heritage was able to play a left shift in the first race to lengthen the gap between the teams, but the right side of the course was where the most action was for the second and third races and Team Vincere did a great job of protecting it. The teams decided to not continue with racing after the three races and will resume the Canada’s Cup 2011 Finals series on Saturday. Photo gallery by Becky Furry with racing from today is now available on Sail22 Photography and will continue to be added to throughout the event.


Team Heritage, of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club and skippered by Bob Hughes, prevailed today to earn the right to be the US defender in next week’s Canada’s Cup versus Team Vincere over the Chicago Match Race Center’s Team Convexity. Sail22′s Sailing Updates is providing coverage of the Canada’s Cup 2011 Defender Trials racing action with blogging, video and photography. One race today rwas all Team Heritage needed to become the defender and they came from behind to win the one and only race of the day. Heritage won the first cross about ten boat lengths off of the line. When Convexity and Heritage met again half way up the beat, Convexity had a gained a solid three boat length lead. Convexity tacked for the windward mark early, which allowed Heritage to take advantage of a shift on the right. Convexity gybe set at the top mark and Heritage split and headed toward shore. Heritage’s tactician, Morgan Larson, made the correct call, as when they came back to meet Convexity, they were able to gybe in front of them with a three boat length lead. Heritage continued to gain separation throughout the rest of the race, protecting the left side of the course in a tacking duel and went on to win the race with over a minute at the finish. Photos from today’s racing action can be viewed in the Sail22 Photography Gallery by Becky Furry. We are looking forward to covering next week’s Canada’s Cup racing action on Sailing Updates with Team Heritage and Team Vincere of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club vying for the cup.


Day one of the Canada’s Cup 2011 Defender’s Trials finished with a tie after two races. Team Convexity won the first race with less than a 20 second lead and Team Heritage won the second race with a decisive 1:42 minute victory. For the play-by-play of the racing, make sure to check out our Sailing Updates Check out the Canada’s Cup 2011 Website for even more racing coverage from today with video summaries and tracking of the boats. Sail22′s photography gallery from the Canada’s Cup Defender’s Trial is now posted and will be added to throughout the event.


Follow the Canada’s Cup 2011 Defender Trials starting today on Sail22′s Sailing Updates. We’re in Holland, Michigan at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club to cover this year’s Canada’s Cup. Racing starts today with Team Heritage helmed by Bob Hughes and Team Convexity helmed by Don Wilson, vying for the right to defend the United States against the Canadian challenger, Team Vincere next week. Sailing Updates will providing daily live race coverage with other media, including daily summary video clips being uploaded to the Canada’s Cup website. We’re looking forward to some great racing in this historic event!


Some favorite Sail22 gear is back in stock! We’ve added the gear to our Always Happy Life online store while we toy with the idea of a separate Sail22 store. It’s nothing fancy, but it allows our clients to access certain products with free shipping in the USA. If you’re outside the USA and interested, please just send us an email and we’ll get you sorted.

Sail22 Hike Damn It! Technical ShirtsWe’ve even customized this for a few teams! These can be customized for an additional fee. They come in short sleeved and long sleeved in black or silver.

Sail22 Favorite Technical Hoodie We don’t leave home without these and once you have one, you won’t either. Sail22 large logo on the front and Always happy. Never satisfied.™ on the back. A great layering piece!

Sail22 Belt
Newly redesigned with our “Always happy. Never satisfied.™ ” motto.

Sail22 Gill Floppy Hat
Finally a floppy hat that fits well! Even more stylish with the Sail22 logo!

Sail22 Gill Technical UV Hat
A fast drying hat that is cool and light weight. We think that we improved the look by adding our Sail22 logo embroidered on the front.


Sail22 Gill Pro Visor
Ed’s a visor guy and pretty picky about them. He really likes this one and they look great with the Sail22 logo on the front. We’ve heard they quickly become a favorite!


A great day in Macatawa Bay today for match racing! Sail22′s Sailing Updates is providing coverage of the Canada’s Cup 2011 Defender Trials racing action with blogging,video and photography. Three races in variable conditions were completed with Team Heritage, skippered by Bob Hughes with tactician, Morgan Larson, winning all of the races. Racing was tight in race one with Convexity, helmed by Don Wilson with Steve Hunt calling tactics, leading until the last windward mark. Team Heritage luffed Convexity prior to the mark rounding and gained the lead. The second race started with Team Convexity gaining a penalty on Team Heritage in the initial dial-up. Team Heritage cleared themselves at the finish with less than ten seconds to spare to win the race. The final race of the day, both teams split shortly after the start, with Team Heritage taking the right side of the course and Team Convexity the left. It was clear when the boats tacked back to meet that Team Heritage had chosen the correct side and they went on to win decisively. More racing is scheduled again tomorrow. The winner of the Defender’s Trials will take on Team Vincere next week in the Canada’s Cup. Photos of today’s racing action by Becky Furry can be found in the Sail22 Photo Gallery. Check the video below for the luffing action at the to mark. Excellent match racing maneuver!


This past weekend the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club in Culver, Indiana hosted the 2011 C Scow Nationals. Five raced were completed in the three day National Championship on beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee and the 55 teams thoroughly enjoyed the great waterfront facilities of the Culver Academies where the event was based out of. Andy Burdick and Chris Impens on Team M / I-45 did not lead the regatta until after the first race on Sunday. They clinched their victory with a bullet in the last race of the Nationals to take home the title. Burdick is a back to back winner of the C Scow Nationals, having won the 2010 event with crew, Jim Gluek. The 2011 C Scow Nationals were organized by Sail22. Mark roundings and details of the races can be found on which covered the event and photos by Becky DaMore can be viewed at in the C Scow Nationals 2011 photo gallery.

Top 5 Finishers:

1 – I45 Andy Burdick/Chris Impens

2 – A 22 Jim Tews/Jenny Jaessing

3 – A14 Paul Reilly/Aaron Mann

4 – B18 Brian Brickler/Mike Tyriver

5 – B1 Will Haeger/Brad Roble

Full results


The C Scow Nationals 2011 hosted by the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club in Culver, Indiana started yesterday. It was a beautiful day on Lake Maxinkuckee, however the breeze waited until the late afternoon to fill. The Race Committee patiently waited and one race was completed in light air.

Photos from yesterday are now posted in the Sail22 photo galleries and can be found here. More will be added throughout the weekend.


Congratulations from Sail22 to the 2011 Melges 24 World Champions, Lorenzo Santini’s Uka Uka Racing skippered by Lorenzo Bressani and crew of Federico Michetti, Jonathan McKee & Favio Gridellie!!!!!! This is their third Melges 24 World Championship win in four years!!! We are so proud of you!

Check out the Sail22 Photo Gallery for additional photos of the Melges 24 Worlds 2011. Be sure to check out Sail22′s Sailing Updates brought to you by New England RopesGT3 Creative and Sail22 to follow the last race action live from the race course!


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 RopesGT3 Creative and Sail22 to follow all of the racing action live from the race course!


Another great day for our Sail22 clients during Day 2 of the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Congratulations go out to Uka Uka Racing and Full Throttle today! The Sail22 Photo Gallery is now updated with additional photos from today! Be sure to check out Sail22′s Sailing Updates brought to you by New England RopesGT3 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 always are asked by teams where they should go for breakfast, lunch and dinner at events. For the Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas this week, I asked Shannon Bush for some local recommendations. We’ve tried a few so far and they’ve been great!

-La Bahia 224 North Mesquite Street (361) 888-6555 Great Mexican Breakfast!
-Hester’s Cafe 1710 South Alameda Street (361) 885-0558

-Executive Surf Club 309 North Water Street (361) 884-7873
-Small Planet 3812 South Alameda Street (361) 855-1892
-Hester’s Cafe 1710 South Alameda Street (361) 885-0558
-Subway 433 North Shoreline Boulevard (361) 888-8800
-Knuckleheads Good BBQ & Biker Bar 819 North Upper Broadway Street (361) 882-9997
-Shockley Market 3815 South Alameda Street (361) 851-2525
-Thai Cottage 5830 McArdle Road (361) 993-0777

Dos Comales 227 N Water St (361) 885-7702 Yummy Mexican!
-Thai Spice 523 North Water Street (361) 883-8884 Amazing traditional Thai!
-Water Street 309 North Water St # A (361) 882-8683 Seafood, teams 
-Executive Surf Club 309 North Water Street (361) 884-7873 Cool bar, low-key dinner place. 
-Republic of Texas 900 N. Shoreline Dr (361)886-3515 Excellent Steak. 
-Katz 21 317 North Mesquite Street (361) 884-1221 For good bar & steak place. 
-Mamma Mias 128 North Mesquite Street (361) 883-3773 Italian, cash only. 
-Aka Sushi 415 North Water Street (361) 882-8885
-Yoshi Zushi 5898 Everhart Rd (361)980-0748
-U and I 309 S Water St (361) 883-3492 
-Vietnam Restaurant 701 North Water Street (361) 853-2682
-Crawdaddy’s 414 Starr Street (361) 883-5432
-Poet’s 4825 Saratoga Boulevard (361) 991-4574
-Drunken Noodlez 4214 S. Alameda 361-992-1400
-Shockley Market 3815 South Alameda Street (361) 851-2525
-Thai Cottage 5830 McArdle Road (361) 993-0777
-La Playa 5017 Saratoga Blvd (361) 986-0089
-The Yardarm 4310 Ocean Dr. (361) 855-8157


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!

Team Galleries:

BER 1 Hedgehog

USA 749 Full Throttle


USA 812 Brick House

USA 820 Air Force One ~ New England Ropes ~ West Marine