Sail22 and Sail22Gear.com are happy to bring you updates from the race course at the Melges 24 Worlds through SailingUpdates.com. We’ve used Twitter and Facebook in the past to let everyone know what is going on at the J-24 Worlds and Farr 40 North Americans. We’ve had lots of comments, requests and suggestions. We plan to provide short updates about mark roundings, finishes, results, links to our photo gallery and some quick videos. We hope you enjoy it!
Here’s an update from Jackpot, sponsored by Sail22Gear.com:
As we packed up and headed south from the cold that had now settled in Detroit Michigan, we thought about the warmer times that lay ahead of us in Lake Lanier, Georgia. We arrived at the Yacht club early Friday morning to rig Jackpot and head out to practice. While out on the water, we were joined by two or three other Vipers that stayed out with us while the wind built to 15-20 knots. We did some speed testing and practiced some boat handling manoeuvres, it was nice to be out in the fresh water again.
We woke up on Saturday morning, it was a tropical 42 degrees and raining. Although it was very cold, we completed a strong 5 races in the 12-18 knots of breeze mixed in with the osculating winds of inland sailing. There were many close battles with Umburger, Porter and Guggs throughout the day. We finished the first day on top, with a final point score of 8 (finishes of 4,1,1,1,1). Thoroughly chilled, we came into the club to have some rum drinks by the fire. There was some excellent regatta food that tasted some good old down home cooking.
Sunday rolled around with more of the same cold weather, but without the rain. In the two races held on Sunday, we continued to battle with Umburger and Porter for the first place spot. On the last take down of the first race, our Spinnaker became hooked on the sprit, but we managed to keep it in good enough shape to be able to finish the last race in first place. On the sail in, we watched a Viper gybe in big breeze and go over. It kept going and going until she turtled. That experience led me to believe that the new heavier keel and carbon rig are important additions to theboat.
The whole regatta had a very down home, blue collar feel. Everyone there was very hospitable and they did a great job of putting on a regatta. We hope to return again next year.
Do you have everything you need for the Melges 24 Worlds October 23-31, 2009 in Annapolis, MD? After living in Annapolis for 5 years, it can be pretty hit or miss on the weather. It’s currently raining, cold (in the 40′s) and there’s that bone chilling dampness present in the air. I don’t even think the ducks are enjoying the weather!
Last year’s Melges 24 North American’s were pretty cold and teams coming to the Worlds will need to be prepared. Here’s our list.
Highly Recommended things to Bring or Buy:
1) Dubarry Boots
-Ed has the Newports which were released this past Spring and really likes them. They
retail for $299 and have more support than any other Dubarry boots. The
sole is a sneaker style and they have the Gore-Tex liner to keep your feet dry! I’ve
had the Dubarry Annapolis (discontinued) for several years and wear them all of the
time. The Newport is a newer version of the Annapolis. If you don’t already have
Dubarry’s they are one of the best investments insailing gear you can make!
2) Great Foul Weather Gear
-Sail22 is proud to be a Henri Lloyd Elite Dealer. We have the full range of Henri Lloyd
gear available at Sail22Gear.com and have plenty of gear available, just
let us know what you’ll need. We highly recommend the TP2 Alpha Shadow 2G
Salopette and the TP2 Alpha Shadow 2G Smock & Hooded Smock. The nice thing
about the Hooded Smock is that it is a full spray top with a built in hood with Henri
Lloyd’s Optivision so that you can still see with your hood up!
3) Water Resistant Shorts
-This time of year is the perfect time to break out the heavier pairs of shorts. Henri
Lloyd makes a great pair, the TP2 Alpha Shadow Short. Everyone that we know that
has tried them raves about them.
4) Wicking Layers
-Dig out your ski stuff…seriously! Base layers, vests and jackets for sure. No matter
what, you are going to need them. We have lots of Henri Lloyd Atmosphere and and
Featherweight shirts, along with our new favorite jacket, the Henri Lloyd Fusion Soft
Shell. Many teams love the Patagonia and SLAM layers too.
5) Socks-Wool & Waterproof
-Last year at the Melges 24 North American’s we tried out the Dubarry wool socks
for the first time. They are our favorite wool socks for sailing. We also really like
our Smartwool socks and a must have is a pair of Gore-Tex Seal Skins.
6) Gloves, Hand Warmers & Winter Hats
-Check out the new Henri Lloyd Stealth Winter Gloves which are made of neoprene. I
can’t wait to try them out! Grab some hand warmers, they really do work for
warming your fingers up between races. Winter hats are a must too…we have some
Sail22 ones still, let us know if you are interested!
7) All of your regular sailing gear…after all…it is Annapolis and might be 80 and sunny…
We can only hope!
Light air on Sunday provided the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Regatta Competitors a glimpse at the full range of breeze they may experience at the Worlds later in October. At the 10am start, the breeze was around 5 knots, but tapered off on the second downwind leg. Uka Uka managed to win race 6 of the regatta, followed by Kristen Lane, Stuart Simpson, Chris Larson and Bill Hardesty. Racing was abandoned for the rest of the day at 1pm and teams headed into shore for awards.
Chris Larson’s Team West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes was first overall and received a $500 gift certificate from Henri Lloyd and shoes for the entire team from Sebago. Alan Field’s WTF was second overall and received shoes for the entire team from Sebago, a vest from Melges Performance Sailing and a shirt from Ullman Sails. Third overall was Bill Hardesty’s Ask Vince who received shoes for the entire team from Sebago and a couple of Team McLube t-shirts.
Sarah Curran was the lucky winner of a pair of Kaenon Bolsa’s after her team on Alan Field’s WTF lobbied hard for her to be the very deserving winner. Sarah had broken her sunglasses on Saturday. After the awards teams hung around and enjoyed snacks and Heineken beer.
Alec from Velocitek has made a YouTube video of the 5 races on Saturday. To replay the races go to this link. For photos of the event you can go to the Sail22 Photos page. Full results are available here.
Sail22 would like to extend a special thanks to Greg Furry, Bill Becker, Andy Okun, Michelle Savage & Mike Floyd from Atlantic Rigging, Rod Jabin from Jabin’s Yacht Yard, Jon Forst and Gavin O’Hare for their generosity in helping to make the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta a success. We would also like to thank our wonderful 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 Sail22gear.com.