President’s Report April 2019

It’s been a few months since I last updated the members on all the activities that are taking place within the Class. There are many positive developments which bode well for the Class going forward.

Clagett Boats: The Clagett Foundation has purchased three new 2.4mRs and offered them to sailors with disabilities to use for up to four years. Wendy Frazier of Calgary has received one boat which will be kept in Victoria. A second boat has been given to Siobhan MacDonald of Mabou NS. The Ottawa Clagett boat has been reassigned to Brian Peckover, the 2018 Mobility Cup winner, while Delani Hulme-Lawrence will be keeping her boat in Victoria again 2018.

CAN-AM Series: Another CAN-AM Winter series just concluded in Charlotte Harbor FL with perfect wind conditions and great warm weather, excellent race management and fleets of 20+
boats. New sailors from Marblehead and Milwaukee supported the event as well returnees from Guatemala, Norway, Canada and the USA.

The Toronto Fleet will be running the initial CAN-AM North series out of National Yacht Club this summer. Victoria and Seattle are in discussions to have a CAN-AM Pacific Coast series of regattas starting 2020.

Sail Numbers: The Canadian Class is the issuing authority for 2.4mR sail numbers in Canada. These are issued without cost to members of the Canadian Class Association. Issued numbers are posted on the Class website. From time to time, requests are received from new boat owners wishing to have a number which has already been issued. In some cases, these numbers were issued to boat owners who are no longer members of the class. Starting in September 2019, if a member has not paid their class dues in either 2017, 2018 or 2019 these numbers will be indicated on the website as “inactive” and may be available to anyone joining the class and wishing the number. The incumbent sail number holder will have 30 days to join the class and keep his/her sail number. If they fail to do, so the new member will be assigned the number.

Buoyancy Certificates: All boats must have a current buoyancy certificate. This is a safety issue. Buoyancy certificates are valid for five years and the person conducting the test must be either a measurer appointed by the Class Association or a person authorized by our chief measurer, Bruce Millar

2.4mR North American Championship: Kingston YC will be hosting this event July 5, 6 & 7. Kingston is famous for reliable winds, experienced race Committee, good hospitality, reasonably priced accommodation and lots of activities for shore supporters. It is also the first event of CAN AM North. The Notice of Race is linked from the class website http://www.canada24mr.com/events/sailing-schedule-autumn-2018-summer-2019/

Jib Boom Boats: For a number of years, many of us in the fleet have watched Bjørnar Erikstad sail his jib boom boat to consistent top ten finishes in World Open 2.4mR and World Para Championships. This winter, Bruce Millar and Tony Pocklington spent time developing a jib boom boat with the goal of making the boat easier to sail for people with disabilities. Although not yet perfected, Bruce sailed the boat in the final Winter CAN-AM regatta, placing 4th. More work will be done on the boat this summer and already there is quite a lot of interest from other sailors to order new boats with recessed decks to accept the curved jib boom track.

2020 2.4mR World Championship: The 2.4mR World Championships are coming to North America. The proposed venue is Davis Island YC, Tampa Florida. The proposed dates are November 7 – 14, 2020. Details are developing and once the proposal has been approved by the International Class, we will be able to provide more information.

Class Dues: Our annual class membership year is April 1 to March 31. 2019. Due are now due and must be paid through the class website: www.canada24mr.com

Any questions, please contact me at [at][dot]

Looking forward to seeing everyone at regattas this summer.

Peter Wood
Class President

Smith Wins The Finale and The 2019 2.4mR Can Am Championship Series

Increasingly Competitive North American 2.4mR Series Drives Class Growth

Port Charlotte, Fla. (April 2, 2019) – Can Am #5, also known as The Finale, closed out the winter racing season for the 2.4mR class on Charlotte Harbor with 21 competitors racing over three days (March 29-31).

Annapolis sailor Dee Smith, the current U.S. and North American Champion, crossed the finish first in eight of the nine races to take the win of The Finale. “The regatta was very good for everyone,” said Smith. “The conditions were near perfect and there was a very good fight for second with Tony Pocklington beating out Allan Leibel on a tie break. The first two days were shifty and puffy. The second race on day two was a challenge with light air and the race that gave Tony the tie break. He was deep around the last mark and sailed around everyone to drift across the line for the win. For me, I just kept clear and sailed my race…I had good starts and went the right way, except that run in which I finished fourth and which became my drop race.”

With his string of first-place finishes, Smith ended the regatta with an insurmountable low score of eight points. He was followed in the final standings by Tony Pocklington, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Allan Leibel of Toronto, Canada, each with 31 points. Two more Canadian sailors, Bruce Millar and Louise Anstey, who both hail from Victoria, B.C., each were second across the line in two races, and finished the regatta fourth and fifth with 33 and 39 points, respectively.

Bruce Millar at Can Am #5
Bruce Millar at Can Am #5
2019 2.4mR Can Am Championship Series/Fran Burstein

Anstey raced her first 2.4mR event in the Can Am series two years ago, having grown up sailing numerous one-design classes from El Toro dinghies to Fireballs, Lasers and Solings, as well as racing various PHRF keelboats. She started sailing a borrowed 2.4mR to be a sparring partner for Jackie Gay (who went on to win a Paralympic silver medal in the SKUD class). In her two years in the 2.4mR class, Anstey has observed that the racing in the Can Am series is getting much tighter.

“Those in the mid-fleet are pushing the leaders more and taking a few places away from them,” said Anstey. “The same is true of those who used to be a little farther back. I suspect the regular racing in a reasonable sized fleet that the 2.4mR Can Am Championship Series offers is a big factor in the increased competitiveness…and it remains friendly competition. I find the sailors in the class are helpful and willing to share information. It is the kind of support that makes me feel welcome and want to return for another event.”

The Finale was the fifth event in the 2019 2.4mR Can Am Championship which started last December. Over the course of the season 30 sailors, representing Canada, Guatemala, Norway, The Virgin Islands and the U.S.A., competed in one or more events. Open only to sailors racing the Norlin MkIII One Design, the Championship Trophy winner was determined from the results of all five regattas after his or her worst event was dropped from the scoring. Smith, who won three of the five events, came out on top. Bruce Millar, winner of the Edge Midwinters, followed by Allan Leibel, winner of Can Am #4, rounded out the top-three in the season championship standings.

“The fleet is getting stronger every regatta. Sailing in Port Charlotte is both challenging and warm. Everyone has a good time and the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club does a great job,” concluded Smith.

Peter Wood, President of the Canadian class association and a long-time 2.4mR competitor concurred with Smith’s assessment of the competition and yacht club support, and also cited positive developments that came out of the season and which bode well for the class in future years. “First, there have been a number of new faces in the class including a group of sailors from Marblehead and a new sailor from Milwaukee whom we expect to see at regattas in Newport and Kingston [CAN] this summer,” said Wood. “The efforts by Bruce Millar and Tony Pocklington to further develop the jib boom rig for the 2.4mR will expand the population of sailors who can sail these boats. Bruce sailed a jib boom boat in the final regatta with good results.”

The continued support of the volunteers at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club has also ensured that the fourth edition of the series – the 2020 2.4mR Can Am Championship Series – will return to Charlotte Harbor next winter.

“The Can Am series has helped bring the widespread North American 2.4mR fleet together,” said Tony Pocklington, President of the US 2.4mR class. “That consolidation has definitely motivated participation. We are very lucky to have a great venue for the Can Am Championship Series. Race committee, affordability, and race area are all perfect for our class, and help to showcase the technical, competitive aspects of the 2.4mR. Word of the consistent and competitive racing has spread, and we are seeing growth in the New England area, here in southwest Florida, and in Canada, specifically Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto, where similar Can Am series (West and North) are being planned. Toronto is planning an inaugural event for this summer. Overall, the future is looking optimistic for our North American 2.4mR Norlin MkIII One Design class.”

Full results for the 2019 2.4mR Championship Series may be found by following this link http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17843#_newsroom and clicking on Race Results.

Full results for Can Am #5, The Finale Regatta, may be found here; and full results for the earlier events in the season as available as well: 2018 2.4mR North American Championship may be found here; 2018 2.4mR U.S. Nationals results may be found here; 2019 Edge Midwinters results are here; and full results for Can Am #4 are here.

About the 2.4mR: The 2.4mR originated in 1983 in Sweden and attained confirmation as an international class less than 10 years later. Class racing puts the emphasis on the tactical – not physical – skills of the sailor as the single-handed boats are equal under the strict rules that govern the class. With a length of 13’ 8” and the advantage of being easily transported and stored, this sleek keelboat has gained favor with a wide range of able-bodied sailors and sailors with disabilities (there are 1200 boats worldwide, with roughly 200 in North America). For more information on the class, please visit http://www.canada24mr.com/ or www.us24meter.org/ and follow us on Facebook at US 2.4mR Class

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Sailing Schedule Autumn 2018 – Summer 2019

 Sailing Schedule

Autumn 2018 – Summer 2019

America’s Disabled/Able Regatta

Results
November 30 –
December 2, 2018
St. Petersburg Yacht Club

St. Petersburg FL
North American Championship

2019 CanAm Regatta #1

Results

December 4 – 5, 2018Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
US Nationals 2.4mR Championship 2018

2019 CanAm Regatta #2

Results

December 7 – 9, 2018Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
Edge Midwinters

2019 CanAm Regatta #3


Results
January 26 – 27, 2019Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
Frozen Assets Regatta


Results

February 16 - 17, 2019Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Victoria, BC
2019 CanAm Regatta #4


Results

February 23 – 24, 2019Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
CanAm Series Finale
2019 CanAm Regatta #5


Results


Full CanAm Series Results

March 29 – 31, 2019Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
Spring Dinghy Championship
May 4 - 5, 2019Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Victoria, BC
Icebreaker Olympic RegattaMay 18 - 19, 2019Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club

Toronto ON
NYC Regatta


Self run regatta to promote fleet and provide coaching / training.

June 8 - 9, 2019National Yacht Club

Toronto, ON
Nepean One Design Regatta
June 14 - 16, 2019Nepean Sailing Club

Ottawa, ON
Pacific Coast Championship
June 15 - 16, 2019Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Victoria, BC
C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & RegattaJune 18 – 23, 2019Sail Newport

Newport, RI
Para World Sailing Championships 2019June 30 - July 7, 2019Club Nautico Puerto Sherry
El Puerto de Santa Maria,
Spain
2.4mR North American ChampionshipJuly 5 - 7, 2019Kingston Yacht Club

Kingston, ON
National EventJuly 13 - 14, 2019National Yacht Club

Toronto, ON
Great Lakes RegattaAugust 17 - 18, 2019National Yacht Club

Toronto, ON
CanAm North Finale / Canadian ChampionshipSeptember 7 - 8, 2019National Yacht Club

Toronto, ON
2019 2.4mR World Championships


(New Dates)

October 12 – 18, 2019Yacht Club Italiano

Genoa Italy

Notices of Race and Results are linked above, where available.

Please also consult the Calendar

Important Information about the 2019 2.4mR Open World Championships

From the president of International 2.4mr Class –Steve Bullmore 

Keith Gordon and I had a very full day in Genova this week with the aim of making contact with the organising yacht club for our 2019 Worlds which will take place between the 12th and 18th October. Elena Polo and Nicole David from the Italian NCA joined us there and we enjoyed a very good reception from the organising committee and came away very enthusiastic for the event.

The Yacht Club Italiano is the most prestigious yacht club in Italy and the clubhouse and facilities are fabulous. All very professional and they have huge backing from the Genova Commune who are providing fifty percent of the large budget to stage the event.

Genova itself is a very old city and the beautiful Ligurian countryside gives great opportunities for exploration during the event for sailors and supporters. The marina and yacht club are central to the city.

Our ‘Worlds Village’ is a short way from the yacht club premises and is housed inside the huge exhibition centre that is alongside the marina where our boats will be berthed.

Berthing will be against fingers coming off the floating dock that is anchored to the marina side so is very stable. Along this huge length there is capacity for over 100 2.4s with any disabled sailor being moored side on to the stable floating dock and there will be personal hoist possibilities for any sailor requiring it.

Every part of the ‘Village’ is fully accessible with smooth concrete over the outside area and lifts within the building for access to separate rooms for secretariat, jury, race officials plus a room with chairs and tables for our AGM on the Sunday.

The club is very aware of our measurement needs and will be allocating eleven people to perform this from the Saturday to Monday.  This measurement process will be very efficiently performed and will allow quick and hassle free launching of the boats within the measurement timeframe.

There are huge concrete areas for parking of vehicles and trailers which will be open from the 11th October, Friday but before that may coincide with the Genova Boat Show breakdown so arrival before that date will not be possible.

Part of this area and very close to the main Village building has a high canopy under which motorhomes can be stationed and the cost of this will only be to cover electricity and water provision payable onsite.

Within the ‘Village’ will be toilets and shower facilities.

The club have rescue ribs allocated as one rib per ten boats and this will be done in conjunction with the waterborne Red Cross. There is provision with the coastguard to signal a disaster scenario at any point with possible helicopter evacuation.

The yacht club have a very long and renowned history of staging international events and the Olympic qualification event in April there is a good example of this.

Luigi Monaco who is running the technical side, NOR, SIs etc, is also acting as race officer. He has forty years experience of race organising so we can be sure of good racing.

There will be food availability in the ‘Village’ during the whole event and there will be pasta offered within the entry fee at the end of sailing each day together with prizes for the winners of each days racing.

The Friday dinner and prizegiving will take place in the beautiful yacht club with 140 years of history attaching.

Entry fee has been set at 350 euros and coach boats at 130 euros. These will include all social events and the Worlds polo shirt. Additional supporters may be included in the social events at 60 euros

There is an initial notice on https://www.yachtclubitaliano.it/en/news-162/campionato-del-mondo-classe-24.html

Very shortly the NOR will be issued online on the yacht club website and this will make entry possible with payment taken either by bank transfer, card or Paypal. Please make sure your entry is made as soon as possible as organisation is dependent on knowing sailor and supporter numbers early in the process

.There will be an opening ceremony including the hoisting of country flags and we will be asking NCAs to provide their country flag.

There is about a half hour sail to the racing area which is outside any commercial shipping areas and accords the possibility to be viewed from the main promenade as a spectacle for the city. There is also a possibility that a boat will be provided to take spectators on the water.

We have ten races planned plus the practice race from the Monday through to the Friday and we can be sure of a worthy world champion once again.

All in all it seems to me that we will have a fantastic event and we will continue to liaise with the club over the coming months to assure success.

Any comments please come back to me.

This is a World Championship not to miss.

Best wishes
Steve

President International 2.4mR Class

From Tony Pocklington, US 2.4mR Class President

My wife and I are making travel plans for Genoa this October.

If there is any interest from the rest of NA I could ship my container over to the venue for the event.

Or, I have soon to be shipped boats on order with Charger at the moment, I could leave one in behind for me to use.

Thought I would send out a note to see if there is any interest.

We plan to arrive in Genoa on the 8th, but could be there on the 7th to help unpack/etc if nec.

e-mail: [at][dot]

From Nilo Salomaa (Finland)

Yes there is plenty of charter boats available in Finland. The price for the charter is 2500€ including transportation to the venue. You can put mine contact information to the website post you are making if anyone has further questions. I would appreciate if we could get all the interested people contact me before the end of March 2019. After we get all the interested people we can start planning the logistics to Italy.

Cheers Niko

Niko Salomaa

[dot][at][dot]

Leibel Dominates for the Win of Can Am #4

Port Charlotte, Fla. (February 27, 2019) – Can Am #4, the penultimate regatta of the five-event 2019 2.4mR Can Am Championship, saw 20 competitors – the largest fleet of the season – get to work on the waters of Charlotte Harbor from February 22-24. Although missing veteran 2.4mR class competitors Janice Graham-Foscarini, Louise Anstey and Audrey Kobayashi, the addition of Guatemalan racer Rodolfo Quezada; the three Massachusetts sailors (Jerry Blouin, Shan McAdoo and Doug Trees) who are building a new Marblehead-based 2.4mR fleet; and class newcomers Geoff Moehl of Orlando and Patrick Reiss of Bonita Springs, made for an exciting weekend of racing.

The races on day one started in an eight-knot southeasterly breeze which died near the end of the first race, forcing the race committee to postpone racing for an hour. With the racecourse relocated to the west, a light sea breeze filled which allowed the second race to be completed on a rising tide. By the third and final race of the day, the southwesterly had built to 12 knots. Three sailors from Canada dominated the day, with Allan Leibel of Toronto winning the first race, Peter Eagar, also from Toronto, winning race two and British Columbia’s Bruce Millar winning race three.

2.4mR boats at windward mark

2019 CanAm Championship Series/Fran Burstein

The Race Committee had less than five knots to work with as they set up for the planned three races on day two. However, once the new line was set after a shift in wind direction and subsequent relocation of the course to the west, the southwesterly breeze built into the mid-teens for the remainder of the day. The relatively minor oscillations provided few opportunities for competitors that needed to overcome bad starts.

Leibel, who represented Canada in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics (in the Dragon and Tempest, respectively), crossed the finish line first in all three of the day’s races to win the event.

“The racing was wonderful,” said Leibel, who has been racing a 2.4mR for 10 years. “The conditions were ideal. On the second day the wind blew perfectly steady… no shifts… no changes in velocity. It became a boat speed contest and I happened to be fastest.”

Leibel’s enthusiasm for the class was apparent when he admitted his goal for next month’s final event of the season isn’t to win. “I’m doing the last event because I love it [racing the 2.4mR] so much.” Leibel explained that he first got into the class to help Bruce Millar, who was training for the Paralympics and needed coaching and competition. “A group of us started sailing his second boat to help him. I stayed with the class. Love it as a sailboat. I still have an Etchells, but the 2.4mR is a top performing boat with less demands from a logistical standpoint. We have roughly a dozen 2.4mRs in Toronto, but the class is huge in Europe and the competition is great.”

2018 2.4mR North American Champion Dee Smith of Annapolis, Maryland, placed second with 11 points, three points behind Leibel. Millar, winner of the Edge Sailing Midwinters in January, finished in third with 12 points, followed by Tony Pocklington, of Fort Myers, Fla., fourth overall with 17 points. Charlie Rosenfield of Woodstock, Conn., completes the top-five with 27 points. Full results for Can Am #4 may be found here.

The third edition of the 2.4 Meter Can Am Championship series will conclude with the nine-race 2019 CanAm Championship Finale, from March 29-31. The series champion will be determined from the results of all five regattas after his or her worst event is dropped from the scoring. For competitors who did not race in all five events, the scoring will count all events sailed (i.e. they will not drop their worst result).

Details of the regatta schedules, social events, hotels and more may be found in the Notice of Race, available here. Full results for the 2018 2.4mR North American Championship may be found here; and for the 2018 2.4mR U.S. Nationals, results may be found here. Full results for the 2019 Edge Midwinters may be found here.

About the 2.4mR: The 2.4mR originated in 1983 in Sweden and attained confirmation as an international class less than 10 years later. Class racing puts the emphasis on the tactical – not physical – skills of the sailor as the single-handed boats are equal under the strict rules that govern the class. With a length of 13’ 8” and the advantage of being easily transported and stored, this sleek keelboat has gained favor with a wide range of able-bodied sailors and sailors with disabilities (there are 1200 boats worldwide, with roughly 200 in North America). For more information on the class, please visit http://www.canada24mr.com/ or www.us24meter.org/ and follow us on Facebook at US 2.4mR Class

2.4mRs Race in Frozen Assets Regatta 2019 RVYC 16th & 17th February

AKA ‘Careful What You Wish For’

Jackie Gay

‘Wanna come and freeze your assets off?’ I said, in an email to our sturdy 2.4mR group, in mid January, when Victoria was bathed in spring-like temperatures. ‘Sign up! It’ll be fun.’ Then a few days before the regatta Victoria received its biggest dump of snow in 40 odd years and John and myself were trapped in the house, let alone capable of getting to any regatta… Fortunately the melt came quickly, the temperature-rise less so, so getting kitted out required the full 2.4mR regalia of multiple layers, wrist-seals, neck-seals, toques, spare-toques and of course (‘every time you go to sea,’ as Louise Anstey astutely noted) sunglasses.

With seven entries our fleet was second in size only to the Radials, and joined by Chris Maier from CFSA, his first time racing the boat. On Saturday the wind looked classic Victoria ‘light and fluky’ but actually settled down to a decent SW-ish and we had six excellent races with Louise giving me and Doug Bell some lessons in what we should and (mostly) shouldn’t be doing. With all classes racing on the same course everyone had to be hyper-aware – a 49er needs a lot of room from our slim wee 2.4s at the leeward mark… Louise won the day with excellent tight racing. On Sunday it was cold and clear with a brisk northerly, waves, strong current and COLD. Oak Bay was a fine sight with the snowy mountains circling us, skiffs flying around (and some swimming…) and even tighter racing in the 2.4mR fleet, with overlapped finishes and a stellar bullet for Delani Hulme-Lawrence. Louise won the event with Jackie second and Doug third, but the real winner was our fleet which can only improve with such tight, competitive racing and new participants. Thanks to the Race Committee for sterling work managing all the fleets; the coaches for encouragement, food and dry clothing; and all the sailors who made this event a real spectacle and a whole lot of fun.

Millar Wins 2019 Edge Sailing Midwinters

2.4mR CanAm 2019

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Event Three of the 2019 CanAm Championship Series

Port Charlotte, Fla. (January 29, 2019) – Sixteen competitors took to the waters of Charlotte Harbor over the weekend of January 25-27 for the 2019 Edge Sailing Midwinters — event three in the five-event 2.4 Meter Can Am Championship series. Unlike the previous two events, which each saw four competitors rack up first-place finishes in the 20-strong fleet, the leaderboard for the Edge Sailing Midwinters was dominated by two veteran racers:  2015 2.4mR North American Champion Bruce Millar, of Victoria, British Columbia, and 2018 2.4mR North American Champion Dee Smith of Annapolis, Maryland.

On the first day of racing, featuring overcast skies, intermittent rain, and eight to 10 knots of breeze with gusts to 14 from the north-northeast, four races were run. And while the Race Committee was obliged to make course changes due to shifts in the breeze and pressure changes in three races, the ebb tide and flat water were not adverse factors for the competitors. 

In the first race, Millar picked up a 17-point penalty after confusion at a mark rounding resulted in his being disqualified from that race. However, he rebounded quickly by winning the subsequent two races and placing second in the final race of the day. Smith, meanwhile, finished 1-2-2-1 in those races, to finish the day at the top of the leaderboard with six points to Millar’s 21. 

On the second day of racing, the forecast was for gusts to 35 knots, which, fortunately, never materialized. However, the squall that came through during race one, bringing sometimes heavy, intermittent rain, turned into a consistent torrent during race two that was not enhanced by the 55-degree temperatures. Only the two races were sailed, with Smith winning the first, and Millar winning the second. 

Notably, Smith did not sail the final race of the regatta, mistakenly thinking he had secured the win. “Of course, I didn’t do my math very well,” said Smith. “Racing with Bruce was very close the whole regatta. I won the first one, he won the next two, I won the next two. The last race that I sailed, I was over the line early, had to go back and grind my way through the fleet. I was one boat length behind Bruce at the weather mark…stayed the same on the run, and we took different marks at the gate. When we crossed the next time, I had the lead and did not look back. I thought I won the regatta.”

On the last leg of the final race, after a short tacking duel with Tony Pocklington, of Fort Myers, Fla., Millar prevailed to cross the finish line first to win the regatta. Tied on seven points with Millar, Smith lost the tie-breaker which is decided by the scores in the last race sailed. 

Pocklington’s scoreline for the regatta, 4-6-[7]-4-4-2, placed him third overall with 20 points. The close competition included a photo finish, also in that last race, for Tim Ripley, of Randolph, N.J., and Charlie Rosenfield of Woodstock, Conn., who crossed the line, respectively, third and fourth. Rosenfield took fourth overall in the standings with 22 points, while Peter Eagar of Toronto, Canada, took fifth with 24 points.

“I personally don’t have a preferred condition,” said Millar after securing the win of the 2019 Edge Sailing Midwinters.  “I don’t worry about whether its heavy or light. I like to be at the top [of the results], but I don’t want that to be my focus and I figure the result will come. Dee is a fantastic sailor. We all know he is the sailor that starts the best and he has years and years of experience. It’s something you have to contend with. I have very good boat speed…I can match him, so it puts me together with him a lot of the time if I’m doing my job right. It just takes one mistake and that is the difference between one position. It pushes you hard and makes you think all the time and that’s why I enjoy the sport, because it’s a thinking game.”

Racing for the third edition of the 2.4 Meter Can Am Championship series will resume February 22-24 with CanAm #4. The nine-race 2019 CanAm Championship Finale, from March 29-31, will see a regatta winner as well as the determination of the series champion from the results of all five regattas after his or her worst event is dropped from the scoring. For competitors who do not race in all five events, the scoring will count all events sailed (i.e. they will not drop their worst result). Leading the current standings for the 2019 CanAm Championship Series is Dee Smith with five points. He is followed by Bruce Millar with eight points. Tony Pocklington has moved into third with 17 points, just one point ahead of Allan Leibel. Peter Eagar rounds out the top-five with 21 points.

Details of the regatta schedules, social events, hotels and more may be found in the Notice of Race, available here. Full results for the 2019 Edge Midwinters may be found at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17798#_newsroom

Links to the results for the first two events in the 2019 Can Am Championship Series are: 2018 2.4mR North American Championship http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17779#_newsroom ; and 2018 2.4mR U.S. Nationals http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17797#_newsroom

About the 2.4mR: The 2.4mR originated in 1983 in Sweden and attained confirmation as an international class less than 10 years later. Class racing puts the emphasis on the tactical – not physical – skills of the sailor as the single-handed boats are equal under the strict rules that govern the class. With a length of 13’ 8” and the advantage of being easily transported and stored, this sleek keelboat has gained favor with a wide range of able-bodied sailors and sailors with disabilities (there are 1200 boats worldwide, with roughly 200 in North America). For more information on the class, please visit http://www.canada24mr.com/ or www.us24meter.org/

CanAm Championship Series Returns to South Florida’s West Coast

2.4mR CanAm 2019

NOR for 2.4 Meter Series Now Available

Port Charlotte, Fla. (November 8, 2018) – The U.S. 2.4 Meter Class Association has announced its return to South Florida’s West Coast for the third edition of the class’ CanAm Championship Series which will feature five regattas hosted from the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club (CHYC) in Port Charlotte, Florida.  Well-known as an ideal area in which to escape the winter, Charlotte Harbor has become a favored destination of the 2.4mR class due to the reliable breeze and to the protected waters of the Peace River where races are held.

The 2019 CanAm Championship Series kicks off next month with the six-race 2.4mR North American Championship from December 3-5, 2018, followed later that week by the nine-race 2.4mR U.S. National Championship, December 6-9.  After a break for the holidays, competition resumes in the New Year with the 2019 Edge Sailing Midwinters scheduled for January 25-27, and CanAm #4 from February 22-24, each of which is scheduled to have five races.  The series concludes with the nine-race 2019 CanAm Championship Finale from March 29-31, with the series champion determined from the results of all five regattas after his or her worst score is discarded.  For competitors who do not race in all five events, the scoring will count all events sailed (i.e. they will not drop their worst result).

Reigning 2.4mR U.S. National Champion Dee Smith, of Annapolis, Md., winner of the 2017 2.4mR CanAm Championship Series, has already made his plans to be back in Florida. “The CanAm Championship Series is the best racing you can get in 2.4mR sailing in North America,” said Smith.  “Great race management and fun people. It is tactical, fun racing. I will be back in December!”

Sailors from as far away as Norway, San Diego and Seattle, along with a strong contingent of Canadian snow birds, were among the almost two dozen entries in the 2018 championship series.  For many, the opportunity to race regularly and have a break from the winter weather is an irresistible combination.

“Sailing a monthly 2.4mR regatta against great competition in Charlotte Harbor is an ideal winter activity,” said Ottawa’s Peter Wood, President of the Canadian 2.4mR Class, “especially when you need to put on a warm hat, gloves and snow boots just to leave the house.”

Competitors who register for the entire series by November 30, 2018, will have their boat storage from December through March included as a perk.  Details of the regatta schedules, social events, hotels and more may be found in the just published Notice of Race, available here.

About the 2.4mR:  The 2.4mR originated in 1983 in Sweden and attained confirmation as an international class less than 10 years later.  Class racing puts the emphasis on the tactical – not physical – skills of the sailor as the single-handed boats are equal under the strict rules that govern the class.  With a length of 13’ 8” and the advantage of being easily transported and stored, this sleek keelboat has gained favor with a wide range of able-bodied sailors and sailors with disabilities (there are 1200 boats worldwide and roughly 200 in the USA alone).  For more information on the class, please visit http://www.canada24mr.com/ or www.us24meter.org/