Hi AllWe have been in contact with the organisers in Florida about the forthcoming International 2.4mR World Championships and the Para World Championships which were due to be held later this year. The decision has been made that there are many factors in the Covid 19 times we live in that to hold the championships would not be practical.Their decision to cancel is well in advance of the date which will hopefully mean that there will not be any negative aspects other than disappointment to those intending to have entered.Obviously we are disappointed not to take our Class to the USA and the EC are making efforts towards another date with the organisers.Our acceptance of the Worlds in Tonsberg, Norway in 2021 remains in place and one that we can look forward to bringing 2.4 sailing back onto the World stage.Please advise your members of the cancellation and the EC will advise you of any further decisions soonest.Our 2020 AGM can no longer be held and the EC is exploring the possibility of holding this as an electronic meeting, again advice on that will be posted soonest.Best wishes and remain safeStevePresident International 2.4mR Class Association
Spring – Autumn 2020
|Spring Dinghy Championship|
*** CANCELLED ***
|May 2 - 3, 2020|
*** CANCELLED ***
|Royal Victoria Yacht Club
|+TSCC Icebreaker||May 16 - 17, 2020||National Yacht Club
We host and provide our boats
|June 20, 2020||Royal Victoria Yacht Club
|+*CanAm North Kick-off|
(26th will be practice races)
|June 26 - 28, 2020||National Yacht Club
|+*The National Event||July 11 - 12, 2020||National Yacht Club
2.4mR European Championship 2020
*** CANCELLED ***
|July 20 - 27 2020|
July 22 - 25, 2020
*** CANCELLED ***
|Independence Cup||July 23 - 26 2020||Chicago Yacht Club,
|+TSCC Wayfarer NA / 2.4mR Event||August 15 - 16, 2020||National Yacht Club
|+*2.4 Great Lakes Regatta||August 22 - 23, 2020||National Yacht Club
|C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta|
*** CANCELLED ***
|September 1 - 6, 2020|
|+*Canadian 2.4mR Championship 2020 /|
|September 18 - 20, 2020||National Yacht Club
|2.4mR Pacific Coast & Fleet Champs||September 19 - 20, 2020||Royal Victoria Yacht Club
|Fall Dinghy Championship||September 26 - 27, 2020||Royal Victoria Yacht Club
|2.4mR World Championship 2020|
*** CANCELLED ***
|November 7 - 13, 2020|
*** CANCELLED ***
|Davis Island Yacht Club
Davis Island, FL
* CanAm North Series – 4 Regattas, 1 drop
+ Subject to COVID-19 Announcements
Notices of Race and Results are linked above, where available.
Please also consult the Calendar
The boats are fine to stay at the club until border restrictions are lifted.
If restrictions do not lift, I will move the boats to my yard and hold them there until we figure out travel details.
Today I am starting the process of packing up those boats that were not going North this summer to bring to my yard for storage.
Contact me directly for any questions concerns
With the COVID-19 Pandemic, these are challenging times. We are in a situation none of us have experienced before. Our final CanAm Winter Series regatta is currently postponed to April 24-26, but that seems more and more improbable with the news coming out of the United States.
On a positive note, the Victoria sailors are still getting out on the water for Wednesday afternoon sails under quite restrictive protocols. Social distancing, wiping the hoist controls, and giving room at marks and on the starting line are some of the procedures they have put in place. In the mean time, the Royal Victoria’s spring regatta scheduled for May 2 & 3 has been cancelled.
Our 2020 CanAm North Series being sailed out of National Yacht Club in Toronto is still scheduled, starting with the first regatta June 27 & 28th and continuing with weekend regattas in July, August, and September.
The C. Thomas Clagett Regatta, normally sailed in late June in Newport, Rhode Island, has been rescheduled for Sept 1 – 6 at Sail Newport. This is an important regatta with excellent coaching and I will be attending for the ninth year. Newport is a very special place to sail and with the strong regatta organization it is an event not to be missed. You can get all the information regarding the event at www.clagettregatta.org .
I would encourage anyone thinking about going to the 2.4mR Worlds at Davis Island, Tampa Florida November 7 to 13th to register early in order to show your support. You can register now and pay the entry fee at a later date. This will help the organizers with their planning and give them positive feedback in these times of uncertainty. The website for registering is listed on the class website under events.
Dues The Membership year for the Canadian 2.4mR Class Association is April 1 – March 31. To date, ten members have paid their 2020 membership dues. Memberships can be renewed on the class website and we will be reaching out directly to boat owners who have not paid their dues. The dues support the activities of the class both from the Canadian and International perspective.
Registration is now open for the 2.4mR 2020 World Championship, including the 2.4mR Para World Championship. The event is scheduled for November 7 – 13, 2020 in beautiful Tampa Florida. Weather is typically wonderful in November with 7 – 12 knots winds and moderate temperatures. The sailing venue is a protected area with flat water. Visit the registration site at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=11811 for the Notice of Race. More information will be posted shortly.
Cheers and we look forward to seeing everyone in November.
Summer 2019 Highlights: The summer season in Eastern Canada has pretty much wrapped up while the Victoria group will still be sailing into December on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons when the weather is fair. Royal Vic YC even has the Ice Bowl Regatta on December 28th although they rarely have ice.
High water on Lake Ontario and Lac Deschenes was a challenge this summer. The Ottawa sailing clubs were dealing with flooding of their dry sail areas and sand bags until early June while Lake Ontario sailors were finding the water lapping their dry sail areas. The docks at Kingston Yacht Club were submerged when the club hosted the North American Championship. Despite that, the Kingston Yacht Club ran a great regatta with 20 boats in attendance from as far away as Florida.
The National Yacht Club initiated CanAm North 2.4mR Series, a four-regatta series ending with the Canadian Championship September 7-8th. They are already firming up dates for a repeat of this event in 2020 and making sure the dates do not conflict with other regattas.
In Victoria, the 2.4mR fleet has grown to 18 boats. They organized a Pacific Coast Championship in June with nine boats and followed that up with Royal Victoria’s Fall Dighies Regatta with twelve boats with Louise Anstey winning both events. The Victoria fleet is working with the Seattle fleet to encourage increased participation in the Pacific Northwest.
Increasing Exposure, Participation and Boat Ownership
There has been considerable discussion at the international level about what the class can do to increase the sailing community’s awareness of the boat and the people who sail it. We are a unique class as we welcome sailors with disabilities to compete with able-bodied sailors on an even basis. However, we are not a class or a boat that is only for sailors with disabilities.
In North America we hired a media professional to help us promote the 2018-2019 CanAm winter series. This included pre event articles and human interest stories before the series and stories and results sent to the various media outlets immediately after the completion of each of the series regattas.
At the local level we have realized that sailors are probably not going to buy a 2.4mR boat unless they have the opportunity to sail one. In Victoria, the fleet has been generous of offering their boats to other sailors who have expressed interest in the boat. In some cases it takes multiple sails before the prospective owner is convinced that it is the right fit for him/her.
In Ottawa we tried the same model with Monday evening demonstration sails for the members of Nepean Sailing Club who have been admiring our boats resting on the end of W dock. While the wind gods did not co-operate and a couple of evenings were scrubbed because of no wind, we did manage to get six members to sail the boat with more than one of them back at the bar telling other sailors about the positive experience they had. It was encouraging enough that we will try the same in 2020.
Another initiative which the Victoria Fleet has undertaken is to offer their boats to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s Inter fleet Championship. The top skippers from each of the yacht club’s dinghy and keelboats race short races in the 2.4mR to decide who will have bragging rights at the club. This gives the boat exposure to the best of the club’s sailors.
Upcoming events to mark on your 2020 calendar
St. Petersburg America’s Regatta and the 2019 – 2020 CanAm Winter Series
These regattas are the best medicine for escaping winter. The America’s Regatta is December 5 – 8 at the St Petersburg Sailing Centre in St Petersburg FL followed by the Charlotte Harbor YC Midwinters December 10 – 11 and the US 2.4mR National Championships December 13 – 15, both of the latter events are in Port Charlotte FL.
The other regattas as part of the CanAm Series are the Edge Sailing Midwinters January 25 – 26, the CanAmM Regatta #4 February 22 – 23 and the CanAm Finale March 27 – 29, 2020. All events take place at the Charlotte Harbour YC.
The 2020 CanAm North Series will be a series of four regattas (one weekend per month) starting in June 2020 and finishing with the Canadian Championships September 12 – 13 at the National Yacht Club in Toronto. Check the website for the exact dates.
The 2020 2.4mR World Championships will be held at the Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa Florida November 7 to 13, 2020. This is the most important class event and it comes to North America once every 5 or 6 years. Previous events were held in North America in 2009 and 2014. The Davis Island Yacht Club is a sailor friendly venue and the organizing committee has already lined up a quality team of on water personnel and judges.
For up to date listing of all events please go to www.canada24mr.com
Clagett Boats For the past three years, the Clagett Regatta Organizing Committee of Newport RI has annually purchased two new Norlin Mark III 2.4mR sailboats and provided them to North American sailors with a physical disability. Of the six boats currently in the program, five have been lent out to Canadian 2.4mR sailors. The most recent recipients are Peter Eagar of National Yacht Club in Toronto and Erick Poirier of AQVA in Pointe-Claire. The Canadian Class wishes to thank the Board of Directors of the Clagett Regatta for their continuing support.