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.
Ed is on a plane off to Barbados for the annual Mt. Gay Rum Boatyard Regatta. He'll be sailing with Robert Povey on his J24 Hawkeye. Hopefully the team will have a better outcome in their home waters than they did at the J24 Worlds in Annapolis! Barbados is a gorgeous place to visit and I can honestly say I'm a bit jealous since I couldn't go.
Instead, I'll be heading to Sheboygan, Wisconsin tomorrow evening for the Area K US Match Racing Quarterfinal event to sail with Jennifer Wilson, Krista Paxon & Laura Hagan. Good thing we still have the new Sail22 Winter Hats in stock, as I think we'll be needing them! We'll have updates from both events and also try to keep everyone posted using our Sail22 Twitter.
Today is the first Day of the J24 Worlds 2009 in Annapolis, MD. It’s a typical Annapolis spring day with winds at 080 from 10-15 knots, temperatures in the low 60’s and spitting rain. The fleet is headed out near Thomas Point for the racing. We are working with Team Barbados and are watching and supporting them from a Protector 22 all week. Barbados has two teams here for the event and this is the first year their country has qualified for the Worlds. Both teams are sponsored by Mt. Gay Rum, Cinnamon 88 and the The Four Seasons. Hawkeye is being skippered by Robert Povey and Maximum is skippered by Colin Symes. The teams are not quite used to the weather here and we had to find them some more long underwear to go with all of their new SLAM gear. Should be some good racing today with 82 boats registered and great conditions. We’ll be updating on Twitter throughout the regatta.