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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 The Newport is a newer version of the Annapolis.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.
Another great day on the water today for the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta. Conditions were ideal with 18-22knots breeze early and a little lighter late in the day before the breeze built again. We were able to run 5 full races with 2 starts per race and for kicks we threw in another set of starts so teams could race into the harbor. Chris Larson on USA 655 West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes is in first place, with Alan Field’s team on WTF in second, followed by Bill Hardesty on Ask Vince, Peter Lane’s Brickhouse 539, Argyle Campbell’s Rock N Roll, Simon Strauss’ Simplicity, Guy Mossman’s Battle Rhythm, Stuart Simpson’s Team Barbarians, Kristin Lane’s Brickhouse 623 and Rome Kirby’s USA 620 rounding out the top 10. Five races seemed to have worn out a lot of the sailors but there were zero complaints at the debrief as the teams took full advantage of the opportunity to get in lots of practice for the upcoming World Championship. The day ended with a great debrief and Alec Stewart from Velocitek replayed some of the racing from the data collected on the Velocitek’s on the water. Teams contributed to the information about the conditions on the water and Sail22 was able to support teams with giveaways of gear from the sponsors of our event. We look forward to more racing tomorrow as we will aim for 3 to 4 races. Full Results and Photos.
The Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta is very grateful to 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.
It was a beautiful day for day one of the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta in Annapolis. Teams were able to get in four races with thirteen starts in total in a nice southerly sea breeze of 12-15 knots with puffs up to 20 knots. Throughout the day 18 teams participated and were coached by Dave Ullman throughout the racing. Check out today’s photo gallery here. This evening was a great local weather talk from North Sail’s Allan Terhune which was well received by the teams.
The Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta is very grateful to 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.
Sail22 and Henri Lloyd have teamed up to help support the Sail22 Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta in Annapolis, MD. We have some pretty big things lined up so stay tuned here as we start a relationship that plans to grow in the future.