It’s that time of year again when we head to Charleston for the ever growing Charleston Race Week. Last year, we were demo sailing the J/70 out and about on the race course and this year there are 56 registered to be on the starting line!!! How awesome is that? And on top of an extremely strong J/70 fleet, are the Melges 24, Melges 20 and Viper 640 fleets with 37, 34 and 37 teams as well. No question about it, that this will be another excellent event with everyone coming together for lots of racing in beautiful Charleston.
We’re here again working with our regular teams and some new ones from the J/70 fleet. We have some great new products and covers for J/70 teams and the Sail22 Support Trailer is fully stocked to service any of your needs. We have pre-orders ready for pick-up and will be based at Patriot’s Point starting on Wednesday. As always, Harry, our director of marketing will be on site for greeting clients. On behalf of the whole Sail22 team, we’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
Here are a few images from Bacardi Miami Race Week to get you excited about the upcoming racing this week. I’ve been a bit swamped and haven’t had a chance to get the images from Miami uploaded yet, but there are some great ones. Enjoy!
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Since we are working with J/Boats on the brand new J/70, we headed up to Bristol, RI to test sail hull #1 (USA 1) and #2 (USA 2) with the sailmakers and the team from J/Boats. Our verdict….we think you’re going to love the J/70!!! It’s everything and more with J/Boats true attention to details in all aspects of the boat. CCF has built another solid member to the J/Boat family. A boat will be headed to Charleston Race Week for demo sails, so let us know if you’re interested. We’ll be happy to help arrange a chance to try it out if it is possible. We have USA 14 on order as part of our work with Stearns Boating from Chicago to bring the J/70 to the Midwest. We’ll be arranging demo sails at various locations throughout the summer and the boat will be based at Sail22 Headquarters in Culver, Indiana. If you’d like to take USA 14 out for a test sail this summer, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to give us a call. We’d love to hear from you! For more information on the latest J/70 news, make sure to visit the J/70 website.
We are already working to put together upgrades for the J/70, including our Sail22 J/70 Soft Deck Kit and upgraded Sail22 Race Rigging options!
Sailing World’s video features a Sail22 cameo, as we sailed USA 2 with Jeff Johnstone, while Sailing World’s Dave Reed and Meredith Powlison were on USA 1 with Kerry Klingler of Quantum Sails. Dave’s Sailing World review of the J/70 can be found here. Sail Magazine’s team also did a demo sail while we were there. They had big smiles in the big breeze. Read Adam Cort’s J/70 article here. The reviews speak well of this spirited family boat!
Stu Johnstone put together another video showing off a little more fun with the J/70’s. Definitely shows off how balanced and responsive these little boats are in some breeze!
Becky spent some time photographing the J/70’s in and out of the water. Enjoy!
All photo galleries are finally posted from Quantum Sails Key West Race Week 2012! I was out on the water for each day of racing and have tagged every image with a team name and sail number if possible. Click the link (in red) below a photo to be taken directly to the gallery with that tag. The Division 1 Gallery included the TP52, Farr 40, Mini Maxi, Farr 400, and IRC classes. Definitely an exciting course to be out on and the conditions were great during the week.
A TP52 Start
The brand new McConaghy 38 owned by Rob & Sandy Butler with Marty Kullman driving.
Ran going downwind. A favorite of mine!
The Division 2 Gallery showcases the Melges 24 and Melges 32 classes. Always great one design racing with those fleets and fun to watch as well. Congratulations to Bora Gulari & his team on the Melges 24, West Marine Rigging New England Ropes and to John Kilroy and his team on Samba Pa Ti.
Congrats to Samba Pa Ti, winner’s of the Melges 32 class and Boat of the Week!
Bora Gulari and team headed to yet another win. They were tough to beat!
The Division 3 Gallery includes the J/80’s, Farr 30’s, PHRF and J/Boats (J/109, J/122, J/111, J/120) classes. A big variety on this course for sure and great to see more one design classes on the water at the event! As always, Key West was great to see everyone, as it’s always a bit of a reunion. We’re already looking forward to next year!
Looks like the Farr 30 Groovederci was having fun out there!
Mental and Wicked, both J/111 boats were very competitive with each other.
J/Boats headed downwind
J/122 Teamwork headed to a class win!
To make finding Melges 32 Gold Cup 2011 Team Galleries easier, here are the links to each of the different teams. Great conditions as always in Fort Lauderdale and huge thanks to Vicki and Steve Rhyne and the Mojo team for allowing us to get out on the water! Congratulations to Steve Howe and the Warpath team on their win and a very impressive regatta. Check out the Sick Trix gallery for one of the best Melges 32 wipeouts we’ve seen in a very long time. For more coverage from the event, go to Sailing Updates to see our on the water mark rounding details and blog coverage. Enjoy!
The Sail22 Support Trailer was in need of a little bit of a face lift recently, so we decided it was time to go for a full trailer wrap. We sorted through the Sail22 Photography photo galleries and came up with one photo of each of the different classes we work with on a regular basis to grace the sides of the trailer. Our friends, Cary and Beth at GT3 Creative recently purchased a large format printer capable of printing on wrap material, so it seemed like a no brainer for us. They do awesome design work and we use them for our web designs, logos, etc and highly recommend them. Tell them you heard it from Sail22! We sent them our design and they printed and flew the wrap out with them to Culver, Indiana.
They arrived at Sail22 Headquarters late Thursday evening and started on the wrap early Friday morning. We had pulled the Sail22 Support Trailer into the Speed Barn, so they had a climate controlled area to work in. The wrap looked great from the start. We posted several of the “in process” photos on our Sail22 Facebook page if you didn’t see them. Make sure you “like” our page while you’re there to see our regular updates that do not make it onto the blog. We update it frequently!
Here’s the official reveal! We couldn’t be more excited about how it turned out and can’t wait to show it off when we head south for the winter regatta circuit. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!
Passenger Side with the Etchells and front view with a Melges 32
J80’s Going Downwind on the rear of the trailer
Melges 32 Spinnaker Take Down
Melges 24 Start and J80’s