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!
Sail22 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.
Sail22 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.
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 is in Key West gearing up for Key West Race Week 2011 and it’s breeze on today. A bit chilly today, but the forecast is looking great for next week! Ed and I will be out on the Melges 24 and Melges 32 race course with LIVE racing updates on Sailing Updates. Have you had a chance to check it out yet? We’ve had visitors from 52 countries stop by!
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