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.
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
We made up our 22 Goals list last January on Sail22 and figured this year we’d share it with both of our blogs. We checked off a bunch of things from the list, but no where near all 22. I guess we were a bit ambitious, so we’ll update what we need to do and add a few more to this year’s list. Make sure you read all the way to #22, because that one is VERY exciting!
1) Finish the Bus Barn:
This barn had a bit of a change of plans, but we think we have it figured out now. We really needed more functional workshop space and this barn just wasn’t going to cut it…plus we risked family peace if we went through with what we wanted to do. Thus, we ended up building yet another barn, known as the Sail22 Speed Barn (more on that later). Anyways, In 2010 the Bus Barn had a bit of a face lift to the outside and the renovations continued. It received a second floor loft and new roof, along with some more windows and siding. In 2011, we have plans to make it into a studio and official office for the photography side of Always Happy Life and office space for Sail22. The other side will be Ed’s Dad’s workshop space. We envision the inside looking like this cool barn renovation studio and will be sharing the progress with you on the blog. So excited!
2) Finish the Garage/Cave:
We made significant progress on it in 2010. We’re almost there!
3) Finish the Sail22 Speed Barn:
The new barn we built last year for Sail22 wasn’t a planned project, but we’re glad we did it. It’s helping Sail22 continue to grow and was a big step in our business plan for the future. Doesn’t everyone need four barns? This year we need to insulate the barn, add the ceiling, a hoist and continue adding to the workshop.
4) Finish Side Porch:
Still need to paint the trim completely. We did move my couch into the porch (Noisy’s all time favorite nap spot!) and tables from storage and they worked out better than we could have asked for. We even found a rug too and the room definitely has a “beach” feel. We LOVE it.
5) Redo White Guest Bedroom:
Our white guest bedroom didn’t get a whole lot of a attention this past year…and it fact, it’s still white…but 2011 it will finally be painted. We still plan to stick with the surf theme and the sheets we got for it are great. We added a duvet cover and dresser from my storage and it looks good, but we’re thinking about moving our bedding up to the room when we redo our master bedroom this year.
6) Quotes on Bathroom Redos:
Yep…still need them…still have ideas. We’ve been looking for “the tile” and “the floor”. Big decisions. We don’t plan to redo these again anytime soon, so we want to be absolutely positive it is how we want it.
7) Find Dining Room Chairs:
We found them! Now we just have to BUY them. Here’s the link to the ones we picked out from Room and Board. We even went to see them on our trip to Chicago and made them our official choice. Now to same our pennies, nickels and dimes. We know they will last us for many, many years, so it’s a bit of an investment.
8 ) Kitchen Remodel Stage 3:
We’ve been plugging away at this for a few years and in December put in our new cabinet space and bar area with an aggregate concrete countertop. Then we sat down in the kitchen and started brainstorming what to do next, which is always dangerous. Next up will be a renovation to our kitchen island with more concrete, a new professional range or cooktop (we have one in storage, just have to figure out if it will work or we need sell or use it elsewhere), a raised seating area and a big stainless hood with lights. When we do this project, we need to redo the kitchen AND dining room floors, so it’s a biggie.
9) Power wash house and windows:
10) Take a trip to a new country or a new area in the States:
We didn’t make it to a new country last year. Somehow, time flew by and we were so busy we didn’t even realize it until sitting in the hot tub on New Year’s Eve and discussing the year. Yikes. We did drive through some pretty cool places in the U.S.A. and there are so many amazing sights to see in our very own country. We’d love to visit Napa Valley and tick off a few National Parks in 2011. A new country would be a bonus.
11) Run a Half Marathon:
Who’s in? I need to run again. I ran a little in 2010, but I need to get serious about it. I really don’t have any good excuses for why I didn’t run. Personal lack of motivation there. I need some running buddies, even if they are virtual…and then we can all meet to run a 5K, 10K or Half. Anyone interested?
12) Road Bike & Mountain Bike More:
We did some more of it, but not nearly enough. So, it’s staying on the list. Not sure if we’ll do another Iceman Cometh Challenge, but anything is possible.
13) Build Deck:
Still in the planning stages, but we have more of a definitive plan for how we’ll do it. With this will come a new set of French doors where we currently have windows. We know we’ll love it, we just have to have time to do it.
14) Grow Always Happy Life Photography:
This side of the Always Happy Life brand has been taking off and is such a blast! I love working with kids and families and it combines two of my favorite things. I have some great new vendors and printing options that I can’t wait to share. Feel free to contact me at Becky@AlwaysHappyLife.com to set up your session.
15) Eat Healthier:
We eat really well at home when we cook especially during the summer with our vegetable garden and now we have locally raised beef and fresh venison in the freezer for 2011. It’s really, really, really hard on the road.
16) Exercise 4 Times Per Week:
Again, a 2010 goal. Need to work harder at this one.
17) Visit More Friends:
We’re starting the year off working on this! Visits with the Ducker’s & Maddex’s in the first week of 2011. There are definitely more friends we need to visit.
18 ) Spend More Time at Home:
Seriously, we want to be homebodies…at least a little bit. We love traveling, but it feels so good to be home. We’re working on transitioning our lifestyle so that this happens more and growing our business models in ways that make it possible. In 2011, I’ll be starting a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner job at A Rosie Place part-time and I can’t wait to be involved there!
19) Increase Our Will Power to Save More:
We’ve spent the last few years investing in our businesses and now we need to make a point to save more. We talk about it all the time, but we need to seriously come up with a plan for it and be hard on ourselves if we don’t stick with it.
20) Give More:
AlwaysHappyLife.com is meant to be a way for us to Pay It Forward. We want to volunteer more, work with more organizations and causes and give back more in 2011.
Many of our goals this year apply to this goal. I’m guilty of multi-tasking to the point of confusion and need to be present more in the moment. We work late into the night far too often, too many days in a row, forget about meals sometimes and miss our opportunities to exercise. We’ve toyed with the idea of some time of work schedule, at least when we are at home to make work and home life a better balance. I have a feeling this is going to be an ongoing goal for us, but it’s an important one. Part of the balance also needs to be take a vacation…but I think we’ll schedule that for sure when you read #22.
22) GET MARRIED!!!!!!!!!
Ed thought this would be a pretty good goal for this year…and I agreed! So…we looked at the calendar and decided June 25, 2011 will be THE day on the farm in Culver!!!
Ed and I wish all of our friends of Sail22 a very wonderful holiday and the happiest of New Years. We look forward to a busy upcoming 2011 and thank you for helping to make 2010 another great year for our business.