2022 has been an incredible year.
Engagement on the site continues to rise and we can’t go to a regatta without having people tell us how valuable SailZing.com sailing education content is to them. Thank YOU for spending time with us on SailZing.com and for letting us know that it’s helping! We’re glad that it’s making a difference in your racing.
We would like to start out by also thanking people who have given us a lot of support throughout the year, the ILYA Organization, Candace Porter, John Porter, Dave Berg, Eddie Cox, Marek Valasek, Emlie Veinot, Allan Terhune Jr, Ted Keller, Mark Ebeling, Mark Sigel, Gordy Bowers, Steve Rotier… and too many others to list.
Foremost, I want to thank my business partner and friend Allan Haeger for the thousands of hours of studying & writing and hundreds of conversations that he has conducted to bring much of the content to these pages. He has a lot more in mind for 2023, but in the meantime, he won the 2022 John Hunt Memorial Trophy for ILYA Member of the Year! Congratulations Al!
ILYA Racing Curriculum
The amazing ILYA Racing Curriculum, launched in concert with the Inland Lake Yachting Association, is assisting sailing educators lift up their programs. Currently USA only, we’re looking at what it would mean to make it available globally.
Racing Rules of Sailing – Rule 42
We did a deep dive on Rule 42 here and here with Lake Beulah’s John Porter, a perennial friend of SailZing.com. This topic is especially critical to sailors in the Laser, Optimist and Melges 15 classes, but is applicable to all fleets. We’ve found that some sailors are pushing the boundaries here and crossing them, so this is timely information.
This follows on the heels of our Racing Rules of Sailing tutorials that we delivered in 2020-2022 in partnership with the ILYA Fair Sailing Initiative.
In 2022, we also published an article on Sailing Scoring Notations – Sailing Scoring Notations – SailZing.
Melges 15 Introduction
The Melges 15 took center stage as it took off throughout the ILYA and world, so we shared an interview with Eddie Cox of Melges Performance Sailboats discussing how it fits into the sailing mix. Since virtually everyone is new to this boat (first introduced in 2020), we created a comprehensive assembly video with Ed Furry of Sail 22 (Thanks Ed!) to show, from sprit to rudder, how the boat goes together, complete with a line routing diagram by SailZing.com.
We learned from interviews with some 2022 top sailors and we revisited the interviews with Olympians Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea conducted with the ILYA Fast Forward initiative.
2022 ILYA Championship Debrief: Race-Course Notes – SailZing – Allan Terhune, Jeff Bonanni, Eric Doyle, Marek Valasek, Bill Draheim, and Mike Considine
Melges 15 ILYA Champion 2022 Shares Race Course Notes … – Melges 15 ILYA Champion 2022, Jonathan Bailey from North Lake, WI
2022 X Boat Champion Shares Race Course Notes – SailZing – ILYA 2022 X boat champion Owen Kohut shares his insights
Peter Keck – 2022 Champion of Champions Interview – SailZing – Peter Keck 2022 Champion of US Sailing’s Championship of Champions
David Starck: In the Mix at 2022 Championship of Champions … – Dave Starck placed fourth with no Scow experience
Ted Keller’s Racecourse Notes – 2022 MC Scow Train Wreck … – Ted Keller won the 45-boat MC Scow Train Wreck regatta
…and instruction shared with us…
Opti Preparation Clinic – with Marek Valasek
Build Excellence and Inclusiveness – Tips for Sailing Instructors – Mark Maas and Chad Carstens
SailZing.com YouTube Channel
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- SailZing Tutorials
- Shaping Your Sails
- Racing Rules of Sailing
- ILYA Fast Forward
- SailZing Racing Strategy
- Shaping Your Mainsail
Here are our top videos from 2022.
Top Videos Posted in 2022
- Insights on Starting, Strategy, and Boat Speed: Flying Scot Clinic – Lake Eustis
- Rule 42 part 1
- Introducing the Melges 15. What’s so exciting?
- Melges 15 Assembly – A Comprehensive Look
- Vakaros Atlas 2 – First Look
- Rule 42: Part 2 – Exceptions
- Melges 15 ILYA Champion 2022 Shares Race Course Notes
- David Starck – Perspectives from the 2022 Championship of Champions
- Opti Preparation Clinic with Marek Valasek GLSS / ILYA
- Interview with 2022 US Sailing Champion of Champions
Top All-time Videos Viewed in 2022
These excellent videos have continued to gather views throughout the years and continue to drive top numbers in 2022. You should check them out, if you haven’t seen them in a while.
- Changing Trailer Wheel Bearings – (Thanks John Porter! 1.6 Million minutes viewed since it was published)
- Upwind Strategy And Tactics – Sail in Clear Air (744,000 minutes viewed since publishing)
- Upwind Mainsail Trim: Shaping your Sail, Part 1 – Angle of Attack
- Lift and Drag: Prevent Common Sail Trim Errors
- Ladder rungs
- Upwind Mainsail Trim: Shaping Your Mainsail, Part 3 – Draft Shape and Position
- Upwind Mainsail Trim: Shaping Your Sail, Part 4 – Controlling Twist
- Starting Strategy with Roble / Shea Sailing
- Upwind Mainsail Trim: Shaping your Sail, Part 2 – Camber
- Velocity Made Good (VMG) – Definition, Examples, Target Boat Speed
Top Countries (delivering >60% of visitors)
While our home country, the United States, is our top source of visitors, it accounts for less than half of our viewers. We’re proud to serve several other top sailing countries as well. Even this list doesn’t include all the people from around the world who find our content useful.
- United States
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
Our SailZing StayTales telltales, multitools and SailZing TackSlides continue to be popular.
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SailZing TackSlide MC-Scow Tack Slug$45.00 price_excluding_tax
SailTales Telltales Yellow Sail Trim Telltales 12 Pack$14.95 price_excluding_tax
Sailor’s Multi-tool Duo MT002DUO$35.00 price_excluding_tax
Sailor’s Multi-tool – Single MT002$25.00 price_excluding_tax
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Thank You Again
Allan Haeger and I (Rob Hudson) would like to THANK YOU ALL for your support and interest in furthering the sport of sailing. Let us know what you’d like to see next. If you see us at an event, say HI!
Have a wonderful, healthy and peace-filled 2023.