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) 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'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

Junior Sailors at the Melges 32 Gold Cup

At Sail22 we strongly support Junior sailors and keeping them excited about sailing. What a better way to do just that then to take them out on a Melges 32 with some of the best sailors in the world? We think it's great that the Melges 32 Gold Cup has integrated a "take a Junior racing day" from its inception. Each year a Junior sailor from the Lauderdale Yacht Club sails with each team on the Saturday of the event. We're not sure who actually has more fun...the teams or the kids based on the comments we heard from both groups! The day started off with light air and ended with some great breeze to give the kids a taste of everything the Melges 32 can do. Here are some shots from the Junior Day from this year's event. Our full gallery of the Juniors hiking hard and learning from the best can be found here.

Melges 32 Gold Cup Day 2 Report

Kip Meadow's RoXanne is the new leader after two more races on Day 2 of the Melges 32 Gold Cup. Ramrod was granted redress for race 1 of the day after a collision with Dark 'N Stormy. Johnny Lovell's Rougarou slid to third place overall and John Taylor's Ninkasi is in fourth. Jason's Carroll and his team on Argo moved into fifth. Racing was called for the day after two races as the breeze was shifty and a tornado warning was in effect.

Photos from Day 2 are posted here and full updates from the race course can be found at Full results are available here. We are at the Bahia Mar with the Henri Lloyd Mobile Store open before and after racing. Swing by for special regatta discounts!

Melges 32 Gold Cup: Rougarou Leads Day 1

Andy Lovell's Rougarou leads after 3 races on Day 1 of the 2009 Melges 32 Gold Cup hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club. The day started off slowly with the fleet being under postponement until a nice breeze of 6-10 knots filled in later in the afternoon. Rod Jabin's Ramrod lead the first race of the day and finished third overall, while John Taylor's Ninkasi was second overall for the day with consistent sailing in all of the races.

We are out on the water giving real time updates at and photos from Day 1 of the Melges 32 Gold Cup can be found at here. Full results can be seen here.

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 all day and photos are posted from the previous days at 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 and has over 700 photos posted already. Enjoy!

Melges 24 Worlds Day 1-Sailing Updates!

We are updating at 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.

Preview Day 1 Sail22 Melges 24 Tuning Regatta

Day One of the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta is today. Teams gathered at the Annapolis Sailing School last evening to finalize registration, pick up bow numbers and meet about today's practice racing. We will run short course races with lots of extra starts to help teams get ready for the weekends regatta format. A lot of suggestions were give so we could get a plan for what the teams are looking to get out of this event. Teams seem excited and ready to get out on the water. We will start at 1pm today and Dave Ullman will be working with the teams all day. Tonight at 6pm we will have the North Sails One Design Local Knowledge Talk at the Annapolis Sailing School. Everyone is welcome. We will have photos, video and a GPS tracking debrief at this time as well. GPS tracking will be done using Velocitek instruments.

We are very grateful to our 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

Flash Gordon Wins Farr 40 North Americans!

Congratulations to Helmut Jahn's & Evan Jahn's Flash Gordon on winning the 2009 Farr 40 North American's sponsored by Rolex. Bob Hughes' Heartbreaker was second overall and in third was Don Wilson's Convexity. Defiant, owned and skippered by Grant Hood had two bullets in the first two races of the day, but unfortunately had to retire in the third race. Defiant finished fourth overall and Phil Dowd's Inferno was fifth. Photos from the event can be seen here in the Sail22 would like to especially thank Michael Kennedy, Flash Gordon and Ed Adams, Spaceman Spiff and Convexity for allowing me to be on the race course daily to update and take photos.

Farr 40 North American's Day 3

Rolex Farr 40 NA's Helmut Jahn's Flash Gordon continues to lead the Farr 40 North American's with another two wins during today's three races. Photos from today can be seen here. Grant Hood's Defiant won the first race of the day and their first for the North American's. Second place overall is now Heartbreaker helmed by Bob Hughes with a one point lead over Don Wilson's Convexity who is now in third overall. Fourth and fifth place overall are unchanged with Defiant and Phil Dowd's Inferno.

Farr 40 North American's Day 2

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Day 2 photos are now posted in the gallery. Helmut Jahn on Flash Gordon is in first overall after two wins today in race 2 and 3. Don Wilson's Convexity is second, Bob Hughe's Heartbreaker is third with a win in the first race of the day today, Grant Hood's Defiant is fourth and Phil Dowd's Inferno is fifth.

Farr 40 North American's Day 1

Day 1 of the Farr 40 North American's in Chicago was very light. Some pictures are posted with more to follow now. Click here for pics . Convexity won the first and only race. Second was Flash Gordon, 3rd Heartbreaker, 4th Defiant, 5th Virago, 6th Spaceman Spiff, 7th Hot Lips, 8th Inferno, 9th Pendragon. Day 1 of the Farr 40 North American's

Etchells North American's 2009 Photos

Royal Canadian Yacht Club Flags Sail22 was the official photographer for the 2009 Etchells North Americans in Toronto, Canada from October 16-18th hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Check out the photos in our gallery and let us know if you are looking for anything in particular, as we have over 1,000 from the event.  We'll be working to get them sorted for searching by sail number (ie. search: USA 123) this week. Congratulations to Marvin Beckman and his team on their victory. We think our Sail22 team lunches had something to do with their win! RCYC did a great job hosting the event and we sincerely hope they host the 2014 Etchells Worlds, as we look forward to many return visits to Toronto.

Viper 640 North American Champions! Sponsored Viper 640 "Jackpot" Congratulations to Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Eric Vigass on "Jackpot" sponsored by and Henri Lloyd on winning the Viper 640 North American's this weekend! We'll have a regatta report from them later this week.

Etchells North American's 2009 Day 1

Start of Race 2 Light air and big swells was what teams were met with on the first day of the 2009 Etchells North Americans in Toronto, Canada hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club. First overall after two races is Bruce Burton on USA 1350, in second is Marvin Beckman on USA 1378,  third is Hank Lammens on CAN 1381, fourth is Michael Gavin on USA 1167 with Ed Furry and Mike Wolfs sailing on the boat and fifth is Allan Leibel on CAN 1247. Check out the gallery of our favorites from today. All of Day 1 will be posted later.

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!

Etchells North American's 2009

Royal Canadian Yacht Club

We're up in Toronto at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club for the 2009 Etchells North American's which start on Thursday. There are over 30 boats registered and it looks like great competition. Ed is sailing this week with Michael Gavin and Mike Wolfs and Becky will be on the water daily taking pictures. Check back for links to the galleries starting tomorrow after the practice race.

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!

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