Canada's Cup Defender Trials Day 2 Report ~ Sailing Updates

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!


Canada's Cup Defender Trials Day 1 Report ~ Regatta Coverage

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.


Sail22 Gear

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 log on the front. We've heard they quickly become a favorite!


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


Uka Uka Racing Wins 2011 Melges 24 World Championship!

DSC_0029Congratulations 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 Ropes, GT3 Creative and Sail22 to follow the last race action live from the race course!


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!

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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!

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Where to Eat in Corpus Christi Texas

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!

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

Lunch
-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

Dinner
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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


Melges 24 Worlds 2011 & Sailing Updates

DSC_0002We 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!


Charleston Race Week Day 2 Melges 24 Practice Photos

DSC_2217Since 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 811 WTF

USA 812 Brick House

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


Charleston Race Week 2011 Favorites Photo Gallery

DSC_1819Charleston 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.

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New Melges 24 Parts!

Just in time for Charleston Race Week and the Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus are brand new Melges 24 parts and some popular ones back in stock! They are available in limited quantities, so make sure to get your order in as soon as possible. Orders can be placed by phone at 575-889-0022 or by email at info@sail22.com

The new RBS Carbon Tapered Backstay Flicker...half the weight of the original and much more flexible! Easier to add a ton of backstay in heavy air sailing which we'll see in Charleston and Corpus Christi. We had some in Miami for Bacardi Race Week and sold out, but now have more in stock.

Brand new shroud locks for the Open Body Turnbuckles! These are $85/set.

IMG_0461Improved Third Hands for the Open Body Turnbuckles ($100) too! See how the Shroud Locks fit with these. The Third Hand & Shroud Lock Set sold together are $175.

IMG_0462Stanchion Ball ($30) to keep the kite from getting stuck on the forward port stanchion during launches and take downs.

IMG_0463The Sail22 Ultralight Backstay ($200)...they sell out every event!

DSC_0019The Sail22 Dog Bone ($25). Top teams have been using them on their tack lines, spin halyards and main halyards to make sure they are always in the same place. No more guess work for knot tying!

DSC_0020No need for a diver anymore with the Cheap Diver. Quick, easy and efficient...and only costs $60.

DSC_0029Have you tried ferrules? We use them in our Sail22 Ultralight Backstay and they can be used in other applications too.

DSC_0022And a few of our favorite parts too. The Sail22 Carbon Tack Deflector ($125) & Carbon Jib Block Guard ($125).

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DSC_0009Another favorite new item is the Soak Halyard Clip! These great plastic clips ($19.95) allow you to anchor the halyard for going upwind and then it self-releases when you hoist the kite. More details in this Soak Halyard Clip blog dedicated to it.

Feel free to call us any time at 575-889-0022 or by email at info@sail22.com to place your order.


Register Today for the Sail22 Melges 24 Corpus Tuning Event

S22_0225The Melges 24 Worlds are fast approaching and we are looking forward to it after a great Bacardi Miami Sailing Week! Just a friendly reminder of the Sail22 Melges 24 Corpus Christi Worlds Tuning Event to be held April 30-May 1. We currently have one boat registered and we really need at least ten boats to run a Worlds tuning event. Teams not doing the Worlds in Corpus are still invited and encouraged to participate. Please let us know if you are planning to attend, even if you have not registered. Please spread the word and pass this on to others who may be interested. We look forward to seeing teams in Charleston in a few weeks for another great event. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for the tuning event.


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.


Key West Race Week 2011 Photo Gallery Links

S22_7636Sail22 is on the Division 2 Race Course and updating on Sailing Updates all week and taking photos. Here are links to the Photo Galleries for the Melges 24, Melges 32 & J105 class galleries. I'll be adding more throughout the event.

All images are © Becky DaMore ~ Sail22.com and may not be used without permission.


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
Sail22.com