Sail22 News

C Scow Nationals Day 2 Race 1

In our sneak peek Sail22 gallery of C Scow Nationals are a few photos from Day 2, Race 1. We’re in for lunch right now and headed out to try and get two more races in. Check them all out here!

Have You Seen this Month's Sailing World?

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the June 2010 issue of Sailing World you’re missing Ed’s article on page 52-58! Ed wrote an article in the Tech Review section called, “Dress Like a Team, Sail Like One” with details about his favorite gear and recommendations. Check it out and feel free to contact us by email at or at 574-889-0022 for a special gear discount through June.

Sail22 Melges 24 Chicago Tuning Regatta

Sail22 is excited to officially announce registration is now open for the Sail22 Melges 24 Chicago Tuning Regatta to be held August 6-8, 2010 and hosted by Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor. We were asked by several Mid-West teams if we could put on a similar event to the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta we held last October in Annapolis, Maryland and jumped at the chance. We had a blast putting on the regatta for the teams and had a lot of great feedback from the event. We plan to make the August event even better and are looking forward to having some great teams in attendance!

Check out the NOR and more detailed information for the event here or by clicking on the Chicago Tuning Regatta tab at the top of this page.

We are fortunate to have many returning sponsors of our event including West System, McLube, Quantum Sails, Weather Routing Inc. and Melges Performance Boats. We also are excited to have Zhik, Sailing World, Yacht Scoring, Cre843, Line Honors and Sailrite join our sponsor list to make the Sail22 Melges 24 Chicago Tuning Regatta an awesome event. Each week we’ll be giving you an update on what our great sponsors will be doing for the regatta and we can’t wait to share this with you since they have been incredibly generous and supportive.

Check out the photos from the event last October and read more about it here, here, here and here. We hope to see you in Chicago! Please feel free to email us at, call us at 574-889-0022 or leave us a comment with any questions you may have. We’ll answer you right away!

If you need a place to keep your boat before or after the event, we have plenty of storage at Sail22 Headquarters and have a brand new Sail22 Speed Barn for all of your boat work needs to boot!

Sail22 Speed Barn Exterior Completion

The Sail22 Speed Barn exterior was completed over the weekend when the garage doors were installed. The concrete pads for the exterior went in last Friday and look great. Gravel should go down in the next week or so when we have a few dry days in a row.

We are in the process of planning the interior and selecting our I-Beam and 2 ton hoist. We are also working on ordering an industrial air compressor (exciting huh?), figuring out the best lighting (we’re planning to use LED) and electrical before the inside is insulated and finished out with a metal exterior.

Let us know if you need to work on your boat or have boat work done at the Sail22 Speed Barn!

Progress on the Sail22 Speed Shop

This morning the concrete trucks (yes, we needed more than one) arrived bright and early to pour our new concrete floor! Neither Ed, nor I had ever seen concrete poured and the process was pretty cool. Truck one arrived with a big team of guys.

They began pouring from one corner. The concrete has fiberglass fibers in it to give it structure, just like fill for epoxy. Looks pretty lumpy and bumpy as it comes out. The guys jumped right in and started to spread it around.

As the concrete is being pushed into all of the corners, the outer area is smoothed.

More concrete is added to another area of the floor and they also begin the air bubble removal and smoothing process with a machine that looks like a weed eater with a long blade attached to it.

That’s when truck number two arrived and started to pour the second half of the floor.

Once it was all in to the shop and smoothed with the weed wacker smoothie thingy, they then smoothed it again with a special flat device and pulled it all the way across the floor from one side to the other.

And…now we wait…and keep Noisy inside since we don’t need kitty prints in the new floor. He doesn’t seem to mind too much and is curled up in his favorite hiding spot in our closet. We kicked him out last night to play, so hopefully he will want to sleep in the coolness of the house for the rest of the day.

The guys will keep working and will make the concrete “as smooth as glass” with another special machine and hand tools.

This afternoon, the guys will pull off the form molds and tomorrow we should be able to walk on it! It’ll be seven to ten days before the floor can support the weight of a boat.

The metal siding arrived last Friday and the trim pieces it will start to go on today.

Definitely making progress!