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J/24 Worlds, Day #5: A Regatta Wrap-up from our Racing Rigger

J/24 Worlds, Day #5: A Regatta Wrap-up from our Racing Rigger

I know, some of you are probably thinking that the J/24 World’s finished up last Friday… you’re just now doing a recap? Yeah, we are… it’s a little busy around here, what with getting orders out and about 19.4 million rigging orders stacked up. We figured that sitting Jarrett down to do a recap of the J/24 World’s instead of doing a Hi-Tech Eyesplice on a jib halyard for a Farr 30 was misallocation of his time. But being the […]

Fear and Loathing in Boston

Fear and Loathing in Boston

A chilly and drizzly morning dawned as the city of Boston awoke this past Saturday morning to news of two T trains colliding late the night before after the Sox game. But, down on Fan Pier the beehive that was the Volvo Village was abuzz with the activity and energy level of a small mud wasp nest. Arriving early and before the official opening Kyle and I slithered our way past rented security guards checking credentials, turning back those without […]

J/24 Worlds — Day #4: Four Days, Four Races

On behalf of Annapolis… we’re sorry. Seriously, the conditions for this regatta have been a little weak, even by Annapolis standards. The wind doesn’t normally pull a Kaiser Soze until it gets a bit warmer… I’ve heard positive reviews of Annapolis Yacht Club and mostly positive reviews about the Race Committee — but there are some dejected looks wandering into the shop after racing every day due to the conditions. Our racing rigger, Jarrett Hering, continues to check in after […]

J/24 Worlds — Day #3: Off Like a Herd of Turtles

J/24 Worlds — Day #3: Off Like a Herd of Turtles

The J/24 Worlds have been tough… I can’t imagine how frustrating these last two days have been for the competitors and the Race Committee. Yesterday was one of those heartbreaking days on the Chesapeake — juuuuuuust enough wind to reasonably sail a race but a week’s worth of rain flowing down from the north turned the current into a raging monster. Punishment for mistakes was amplified and some really good sailors had some not so good results in the only […]

J/24 Worlds — Day #2: Great If You Had A Hangover, Terrible if You Wanted to Race

J/24 Worlds — Day #2: Great If You Had A Hangover, Terrible if You Wanted to Race

The confluence of stubborn weather patterns and the regatta being held in Annapolis led to zero racing on Day #2 of the J/24 Worlds. On a day where three races were scheduled, it was flat calm here on the Chesapeake. It will be interesting to see if the Race Committee ammends the SI’s regarding start/finish times to try and get back some of the racing time that was lost today. PRO Sandy Grosvenor will have her hands full trying to […]

J/24 Worlds -- Day #1 from our Racing Rigger

J/24 Worlds — Day #1 from our Racing Rigger

When I woke up yesterday and looked out my bedroom window, the first thought that crossed my mind was “Wow, it would suck to have to sail in this weather…”. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one with that thought as our store was PACKED with folks looking for base layers and other warm items when I got here around 8:30am. But our “racing rigger”, Jarrett Hering, isn’t a pansy like me. He suited up, stared Mother Nature in the face […]

Laser SAiling

Laser Full Rig ACC Wrapup

The Atlantic Coast Championships for the Laser Full Rig was held this past weekend at Severn Sailing Association here in Annapolis. We had a great turnout with 80 boats racing. Aaron from customer service and I competed in the event and we both had a great time. We sailed 5 races over 2 days in varied conditions completing 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Saturday’s conditions were light 4-8 kts with a strong flooding tide on the right side of the course. There […]

J/24 World Championships — The Foreign Invasion of Annapolis!

J/24 World Championships — The Foreign Invasion of Annapolis!

The 2009 J/24 World Championships are being held here in Annapolis, MD and our very own Jarrett Hering is going to be out there trying to bring it home for the red, white and blue (U-S-A! U-S-A!) against competitors from 17 other countries. Here’s a little preview of the event — we’ll have more next week, along with a wrap-up when the regatta ends from Jarrett. J/24 World Championships Preview By Jarrett Hering Annapolis, MD They’re unchaining me from APS […]