J/70 Demo Sailing in Bristol, RI | Sail22 J/Boats Resource Center

Since we are working with J/Boats on the brand new J/70, we headed up to Bristol, RI to test sail hull #1 (USA 1) and #2 (USA 2) with the sailmakers and the team from J/Boats. Our verdict....we think you're going to love the J/70!!! It's everything and more with J/Boats true attention to details in all aspects of the boat. CCF has built another solid member to the J/Boat family. A boat will be headed to Charleston Race Week for demo sails, so let us know if you're interested. We'll be happy to help arrange a chance to try it out if it is possible. We have USA 14 on order as part of our work with Stearns Boating from Chicago to bring the J/70 to the Midwest. We'll be arranging demo sails at various locations throughout the summer and the boat will be based at Sail22 Headquarters in Culver, Indiana. If you'd like to take USA 14 out for a test sail this summer, please send us an email to info@sail22.com or feel free to give us a call. We'd love to hear from you! For more information on the latest J/70 news, make sure to visit the J/70 website.

We are already working to put together upgrades for the J/70, including our Sail22 J/70 Soft Deck Kit and upgraded Sail22 Race Rigging options!

Sailing World's video features a Sail22 cameo, as we sailed USA 2 with Jeff Johnstone, while Sailing World's Dave Reed and Meredith Powlison were on USA 1 with Kerry Klingler of Quantum Sails. Dave's Sailing World review of the J/70 can be found here. Sail Magazine's team also did a demo sail while we were there. They had big smiles in the big breeze. Read Adam Cort's J/70 article here. The reviews speak well of this spirited family boat!

Stu Johnstone put together another video showing off a little more fun with the J/70's. Definitely shows off how balanced and responsive these little boats are in some breeze!

Becky spent some time photographing the J/70's in and out of the water. Enjoy!

Sail22 Grab Bag Giveaway | Always happy. Never satisfied.®

We work with some great companies in the sailing industry and they often give us goodies to promote their companies. Our cup runneth over right now as the saying goes, so it's time for a big giveaway! We also have some extra Sail22 branded things which we added to the giveaway. Grab bags are all different and may include stickers, t-shirts, hats, visors, small bags, product samples, Sail22 Gift Certificates, a Sail22 First Aid Kit, gear, shoes and more. The average value per bag is over $50! We are lucky to work with these great companies who support us: Harken, McLube, Ronstan, Sailrite, Ullman Sails, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Sebago, Hall Spars & Rigging, Boeshield, Gill and New England Ropes. There are 10 Grab Bags in the contest and every bag has at least three items in it!!! It's easy to enter:

Here’s what you need to do to enter to win…

Please leave ONE comment below this blog post stating that you completed step 1 below (leave only one comment please). That ONE comment will serve as your giveaway entry.

1. Like Sail22 on Facebook (if you don't already) and make this your status: “Go check out @Sail22 at www.Sail22.com to enter to win a grab bag of sailing goodies!” and leave ONE comment on the blog about what you hope we have in our goodie bags!

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1. Share a link to this blog post on your favorite Forum or Twitter. Then come back and tell us you did by leaving a link with a separate (second) comment in the comments section below.

2. Visit our little Always Happy Life / Sail22 shop and have a look around and then come back here and leave ONE comment letting us know why you want to win and what products you would add to your shopping list!

3. Go to Sail22 Photography and pick out your favorite photo. Click the Share button below the photo and put in the message "Check out the @Sail22 photography galleries from www.Sail22.com & be entered in a great giveaway!" for Facebook or for Twitter "Check out the @Sail22 photography galleries from www.Sail22.com & be entered in a great giveaway!"

4. Like Always Happy Life on Facebook. Leave another comment here to let us know you are a fan or just became one.

You can have five chances to win with the bonus entries! Good Luck!!!

The Sail22 Giveaway starts today and will end on March 7th at midnight (EST). The winners will be selected by random number generator and announced here on the blog on March 8th . The winners will have 24 hours to claim their winnings or another winner will be selected.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participants are providing information to Sail22 and not to Facebook.

***Shipping of giveaway grab bags is free in the United States. Winners out of the US can pick up their bags at a future regatta.***

Melges 32 Gold Cup 2011 Team Galleries | Sail22 Photography

To make finding Melges 32 Gold Cup 2011 Team Galleries easier, here are the links to each of the different teams. Great conditions as always in Fort Lauderdale and huge thanks to Vicki and Steve Rhyne and the Mojo team for allowing us to get out on the water! Congratulations to Steve Howe and the Warpath team on their win and a very impressive regatta. Check out the Sick Trix gallery for one of the best Melges 32 wipeouts we've seen in a very long time. For more coverage from the event, go to Sailing Updates to see our on the water mark rounding details and blog coverage. Enjoy!















Samba Pa Ti

Sick Trix



Fleet Photos & Starts

Sail22 named J/Boats Mobile Resource Team

Sail22 is excited to announce a new affiliation with J/Boats to further support all of our clients who own J/Boats. Sail22 has been supporting racing teams since 2007 with the Sail22 Support Trailer. The trailer is fully stocked with rigging, cordage from New England Ropes, Ronstan and Harken parts, custom designed parts, gear and accessories from Gill, as well as, tools for teams to use at regattas. Sail22 is also working with J/Boats Dealer, Stearns Boating, to support J/Boats owners and teams in the Midwest region for service needs, rigging and gear. As the J/Boats Mobile Resource Team, Ed and Becky Furry have over 25 years of combined racing on J Boats and will work with teams on a one-on-one basis for their needs.

Look for the Sail22 Support Trailer this winter season in Key West, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The trailer will be stocked with all of your J/Boats needs to make your boat faster and provide service for any repairs or rigging. A video tour of the Sail22 Support Trailer will give you a even better idea of what you can expect to see at upcoming regattas. For the J/Fest Winter Series, the Sail22 J/Boats Mobile Resource Team will be located in Truman Annex and will be available starting the week before Quantum Key West Race Week 2012. Until Key West and after, the the trailer will be based at Shake-a-Leg Miami and will head to Fort Lauderdale for both of the Winter Series events, J/Fest Dead President's Regatta and the J/Fest Super Lucky Regatta at the Bahia Mar. To cap off the end of the winter season, the J/Boats Mobile Resource Team will be in Charleston for Charleston Race Week 2012.

Feel free to contact Sail22 with any of your J/Boats Resource Team questions or needs at info@sail22.com or 574-889-0022. Sail22 is proud to be part of the J/Boats family and looks forward to meeting and working with more J/Boat sailors.

Andy Burdick Wins Back to Back C Scow Nationals!

DSC_0006This 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 SailingUpdates.com 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

Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds 2011 Day 3 & 4 Photos

S22_4240Photos 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!

Sail22 Day 2 Melges 24 Worlds 2011 Photo Gallery

S22_2949Another 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 Ropes, GT3 Creative and Sail22 to follow all of the racing action live from the race course!


Melges 24 Worlds 2011 Day 1 Sail22 Photo Gallery

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!


Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2011: Sail22 Galleries Day 2

S22_0665I 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!

Melges 20 Gallery

Melges 24 Gallery

Viper 640 Gallery

J24 Gallery

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2011 Viper Photo Gallery

S22_0513Day 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!

SOAK Halyard Clip

SOAK sent us a sample of their new Halyard Clip and all we have to say at Sail22 is...what's not to like about it!?!? A simple, practical solution to an always nagging problem for any boat that hatch flies their spinnaker. It's $19.95 and available in our store. We'll even ship it to you for free in the US! We ordered a batch, but they are going fast...so get your order in today. We'll have some at Bacardi Cup next week, so feel free to stop by the Sail22 Support Trailer at Shake-a-Leg and check one out in person. Ed's using it this weekend on the Etchells in San Diego, so he'll be able to tell you all the details!

Melges 20's to Join Melges 24's for Sail22 Winter Tuning Event

S22_7721Sail22 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.

Top Reasons Why Your Team Should Do Key West Race Week

Sail22 really looks forward to coming to Key West every year and we've been thinking about reasons why you should bring your team here to join us. Here are a few we came up with:

1) Tropical...warm...sun...blue water. Need we say more?

2) It's like a family reunion. We both agree that this is the regatta where we are able to catch up with the most people who we don't normally see.

3) It's hard not to have a good time here.

4) Any day sailing is a better day than being stuck behind a desk! We've both learned that.

5) Cool Boats. It's a Grand Prix event. It's always been one of THE regattas for a class to do. This year the RC 44's caught on and joined in the fun.

6) Where we are from...it's downright cold currently...and snowy. We'll take tropical any day.

7) Great restaurants, bars and entertainment of all varieties.

8 ) Premiere Racing use top Principal Race Officers and Race Committees. They are really professional in what they do.

9) Only two races a day! Plenty of time to have fun off the water.

10) Five days of racing and a parties. What other events are there in the US that give you that?

11) Excellent competition. People are excited to come from all over the world to race here...and it's not a Worlds, North Americans or any other single class event where that would happen. Where else do you see that in the US sailing scene?

I'm sure there are more...comment and add on. We're personally tired of seeing any sailing event in the US ripped and torn apart. It's not good for sailing in our country or in general. What do you think?

-Becky & Ed

22 Goals for 2011

We made up our 22 Goals list last January on Sail22 and figured this year we'd share it with both of our blogs. We checked off a bunch of things from the list, but no where near all 22. I guess we were a bit ambitious, so we'll update what we need to do and add a few more to this year's list. Make sure you read all the way to #22, because that one is VERY exciting! 1) Finish the Bus Barn: This barn had a bit of a change of plans, but we think we have it figured out now. We really needed more functional workshop space and this barn just wasn't going to cut it...plus we risked family peace if we went through with what we wanted to do. Thus, we ended up building yet another barn, known as the Sail22 Speed Barn (more on that later). Anyways, In 2010 the Bus Barn had a bit of a face lift to the outside and the renovations continued. It received a second floor loft and new roof, along with some more windows and siding. In 2011, we have plans to make it into a studio and official office for the photography side of Always Happy Life and office space for Sail22. The other side will be Ed's Dad's workshop space. We envision the inside looking like this cool barn renovation studio and will be sharing the progress with you on the blog. So excited!

2) Finish the Garage/Cave: We made significant progress on it in 2010. We're almost there!

3) Finish the Sail22 Speed Barn: The new barn we built last year for Sail22 wasn't a planned project, but we're glad we did it. It's helping Sail22 continue to grow and was a big step in our business plan for the future. Doesn't everyone need four barns? This year we need to insulate the barn, add the ceiling, a hoist and continue adding to the workshop.

4) Finish Side Porch: Still need to paint the trim completely. We did move my couch into the porch (Noisy's all time favorite nap spot!) and tables from storage and they worked out better than we could have asked for. We even found a rug too and the room definitely has a "beach" feel. We LOVE it.

5) Redo White Guest Bedroom: Our white guest bedroom didn't get a whole lot of a attention this past year...and it fact, it's still white...but 2011 it will finally be painted. We still plan to stick with the surf theme and the sheets we got for it are great. We added a duvet cover and dresser from my storage and it looks good, but we're thinking about moving our bedding up to the room when we redo our master bedroom this year.

6) Quotes on Bathroom Redos: Yep...still need them...still have ideas. We've been looking for "the tile" and "the floor". Big decisions. We don't plan to redo these again anytime soon, so we want to be absolutely positive it is how we want it.

7) Find Dining Room Chairs: We found them! Now we just have to BUY them. Here's the link to the ones we picked out from Room and Board. We even went to see them on our trip to Chicago and made them our official choice. Now to same our pennies, nickels and dimes. We know they will last us for many, many years, so it's a bit of an investment.

8 ) Kitchen Remodel Stage 3: We've been plugging away at this for a few years and in December put in our new cabinet space and bar area with an aggregate concrete countertop. Then we sat down in the kitchen and started brainstorming what to do next, which is always dangerous. Next up will be a renovation to our kitchen island with more concrete, a new professional range or cooktop (we have one in storage, just have to figure out if it will work or we need sell or use it elsewhere), a raised seating area and a big stainless hood with lights. When we do this project, we need to redo the kitchen AND dining room floors, so it's a biggie.

9) Power wash house and windows:

Definitely need to get to this in 2011.

10) Take a trip to a new country or a new area in the States: We didn't make it to a new country last year. Somehow, time flew by and we were so busy we didn't even realize it until sitting in the hot tub on New Year's Eve and discussing the year. Yikes. We did drive through some pretty cool places in the U.S.A. and there are so many amazing sights to see in our very own country. We'd love to visit Napa Valley and tick off a few National Parks in 2011. A new country would be a bonus.

11) Run a Half Marathon: Who's in? I need to run again. I ran a little in 2010, but I need to get serious about it. I really don't have any good excuses for why I didn't run. Personal lack of motivation there. I need some running buddies, even if they are virtual...and then we can all meet to run a 5K, 10K or Half. Anyone interested?

12) Road Bike & Mountain Bike More: We did some more of it, but not nearly enough. So, it's staying on the list. Not sure if we'll do another Iceman Cometh Challenge, but anything is possible.

13) Build Deck: Still in the planning stages, but we have more of a definitive plan for how we'll do it. With this will come a new set of French doors where we currently have windows. We know we'll love it, we just have to have time to do it.

14) Grow Always Happy Life Photography: This side of the Always Happy Life brand has been taking off and is such a blast! I love working with kids and families and it combines two of my favorite things. I have some great new vendors and printing options that I can't wait to share. Feel free to contact me at Becky@AlwaysHappyLife.com to set up your session.

15) Eat Healthier: We eat really well at home when we cook especially during the summer with our vegetable garden and now we have locally raised beef and fresh venison in the freezer for 2011. It's really, really, really hard on the road.

16) Exercise 4 Times Per Week: Again, a 2010 goal. Need to work harder at this one.

17) Visit More Friends: We're starting the year off working on this! Visits with the Ducker's & Maddex's in the first week of 2011. :) There are definitely more friends we need to visit.

18 ) Spend More Time at Home: Seriously, we want to be homebodies...at least a little bit. We love traveling, but it feels so good to be home. We're working on transitioning our lifestyle so that this happens more and growing our business models in ways that make it possible. In 2011, I'll be starting a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner job at A Rosie Place part-time and I can't wait to be involved there!

19) Increase Our Will Power to Save More: We've spent the last few years investing in our businesses and now we need to make a point to save more. We talk about it all the time, but we need to seriously come up with a plan for it and be hard on ourselves if we don't stick with it.

20) Give More: AlwaysHappyLife.com is meant to be a way for us to Pay It Forward. We want to volunteer more, work with more organizations and causes and give back more in 2011.

21) Balance: Many of our goals this year apply to this goal. I'm guilty of multi-tasking to the point of confusion and need to be present more in the moment. We work late into the night far too often, too many days in a row, forget about meals sometimes and miss our opportunities to exercise. We've toyed with the idea of some time of work schedule, at least when we are at home to make work and home life a better balance. I have a feeling this is going to be an ongoing goal for us, but it's an important one. Part of the balance also needs to be take a vacation...but I think we'll schedule that for sure when you read #22.

22) GET MARRIED!!!!!!!!! Ed thought this would be a pretty good goal for this year...and I agreed! So...we looked at the calendar and decided June 25, 2011 will be THE day on the farm in Culver!!!

Sail22 Melges 24 Upcoming Tuning Events!!!

S22_5182Sail22 is excited to announce both Notices of Race are available and registrations are now open for both of our upcoming Sail22 Melges 24 Tuning Events.

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 info@sail22.com or by phone at 574-889-0022.

8 Metre Worlds 2010 Photo Galleries

DSC_0001We are in Toronto for the 8 Metre Worlds hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The boats are beautiful and hopefully the weather will cooperateas the week goes on and be as beautiful!

The Main Event Gallery is located here.

S22_5670Each boat's Gallery is tagged and located in the links below. If you would like any special effects for a particular photo (ie. black and white, please just let us know).












Severn II-CAN7


Venture II-CAN29


Sail22 Melges 24 Chicago Tuning Regatta This Weekend

It’s that time again when Melges 24 sailors have an opportunity to work on their starts, mark roundings and crew work. The 2010 Sail22 Melges 24 Chicago Tuning Regatta is this weekend, August 6-8, 2010 at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club. It’s not too late for your team to register and come out to work on improving your game. Sail22 has decided to waive the late fee for the event with the hopes of having a few last minute teams to come join in the fun.

The weather forecast provided by Weather Routing, Inc. is looking great for the weekend and we have many sponsors giving away great prizes. The first place team will win a $500 gift certificate from Zhik. Line Honors is giving away Musto bags for second and third. And prizes aren’t just for the top teams, other sponsors include Hall Spars donating Hall gear and a Melges 24 Sail22 Ultra Light Backstay, Melges Performance Boats is giving out Melges gear, Ronstan is donataing drink holders and sheet bags, SailRite has donated a sail repair kit in a waterproof box and some T-Shirts, Sailing World is giving away several subscriptions and T-shirts, McLube is giving away One Drop to every team, Harken has wet notes and bags for everyone, Quantum Sails has donated regatta folders, Cre843 is supplying the bow stickers, West System has given us some epoxy to award, YachtScoring.com is doing the scoring and registration website, North U has given a Tactics video and book, Astral Buoyancy will have their new Camino PFD to check out, Chicago Match Race Center is loaning us their Ribcraft boats and Weber Grills is awarding one of their Q grills. There will be plenty of Sail22 goodies as well for teams who attend the event. Yacht Scoringis our official registration and scoring system for the event and we thank them as well for their sponsorship.

The Sail22 Melges 24 Chicago Tuning Regatta is a great tuning opportunity for teams preparing for the 2010 Melges 24 North Americans in Rochester, NY. For more information, see the regatta page on Sail22.com or send us a note at info@sail22.com or give us a call at 574-889-0022. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago this weekend!

Ryan DeVos Wins Melges 32 Nationals!

S22_3326Ryan DeVos and his team of Ed Baird, Dick DeVos, Mike Hill, Brian Janney, Marty Kullman, Scott Nixon and Drew Wierda on Volpe are the winners of the 2010 Melges 32 Nationals in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Yesterday, teams spent the day checking out the ice cream shops of Harbor Springs and paddle boarding and swimming in the bay while they waited on shore for breeze. Today, PRO Bruce Golison was hopeful for one last race and brought the fleet out to the course, but the breeze did not fill. John Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti team finished second overall and John Porter and the Full Throttle team ended in third place. Joe Woods and his team on Red finished fourth and Rod Jabin's team Ramrod was fifth overall. Hopefully the Melges 32 class will return to Harbor Springs in the future. It was definitely a great venue!

DSC_0045Full Results can be found here and the full gallery of photos from the event can be seen on Sail22.com.