Report from the President November 2019

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.

Peter Wood

Fair Winds – David Bleakney

David passed away suddenly on April 6th in Victoria BC. A hallmark of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club he loved spending his days there chatting with whoever came along. For the past 8 years he was heavily involved in promoting the 2.4mR fleet and was active in sailing and racing the boat in Cadboro Bay. David was enjoying life, always with a laugh and a smile. You would find him at RVYC almost every day eating and talking about sailing. He organized 2.4 events and was always generous about lending his boat out to someone else when he couldn’t sail. Last year he had a major heart surgery and was still recovering. He was one of the founding members of the Victoria 2.4mR fleet and loved every minute sailing the boat. He will be greatly missed by all in Victoria.

Bruce Millar
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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

Report from the President, July 2018

C. Thomas Clagett Junior Memorial  Regatta 2018

The 16th Annual Clagett Regatta at Newport RI was a fantastic success for a number of reasons. 23 boats participated in the 2.4mR Class, a record number for this event. Entries were from Puerto Rico, Canada and the United States. Entries included four sailors under the age of 25 (three from Canada) all young women. Delani Hume-Lawrence from Victoria placed 8th and won the coach’s award for most improved sailor while Shaylagh Ley from Ottawa placed 22nd and won the Sportsmanship Award. Both of these sailors are sailing Clagett Program Boats donated for their use for up to four years.

The Clagett Regatta foundation will be seeking applications for two additional program boats in the early fall 2018

Pacific Coast 2.4mR Championships

The inaugural Pacific Coast 2.4mR Championships were held June 16 & 17 at Royal Victoria Yacht Club with 11 boats in attendance. The boats attending were from Seattle and Calgary as well as from our Victoria fleet. The class anticipates that this will become an annual fixture on our regatta calendar and hopefully will attract more boats from western North American.

2018 Canadian 2.4mR Championships

Pointe Claire Yacht Club will be hosting the Canadian 2.4mR  Championships August 10 -12th. The Notice of Race and entry forms can be accessed by clicking on the event title in the events schedule of the 2.4mR website. Racing starts at 1:30pm on Friday August 10 allowing competitors to work a full day Thursday and get to the regatta site with time to rig on Friday morning.

2018 Class Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the 2.4mR Class will take place at Pointe Claire Yacht Club  Friday August 10th after sailing. If any member has business they wish to discuss at the Annual meeting would they please advise either Audrey Kobayshi, Secretary-Treasurer or Peter Wood, President. Please send your agenda items to [at][dot]

2018 Membership  Dues

2018 dues are $ 50.00 (same as 2017) and are now overdue. Payment to be made through www.canada24mr.com

Canada’s Retaliatory Tariffs

The trade war between the Trump Administration in the United States and the Government of Canada is unfortunately impacting members importing 2.4mR sailboats from the United States. Sailboats with or without auxiliary power (tariff item 8903.91.10) will be subject to a tariff of 10%. This is in addition to the HST (or GST) which applies to all goods. Unfortunately consumers are the unspoken victims in these trade wars.

Buoyancy Tests and Certificates: Regular buoyancy tests are a safety issue. At the 2017 Canada Games two boats failed their initial buoyancy tests and required addition floatation materials before they were permitted to race. It was a good thing because two boats did swamp in the one heavy air race and required assistance in being pumped out. If you do not have a buoyancy certificate for your boat or if your certificate was issued in 2013 or earlier you must be tested before you will be permitted to race in class events in 2018. Contact the class measurer (Bruce Millar) to arrange for a buoyancy test.

Please remember to send your questions, reports, pictures and gripes to the class e-mail address [at][dot]

Report from the President May 2018

CAN AM Winter Series: The second year of the 2.4mR CAN-AM winter series is in the books. The final regatta was picture perfect with winds 8 to 13 knots, air temperature 28 degrees Celsius and water temperature about 20 degrees Celsius. Racing was incredibly close throughout the fleet with first and last boats finishing 120 seconds apart.  Ironically, the days after the conclusion of the regatta were dead flat calm.  The schedule for the 2018 – 2019 CAN Am Winter Series should be available by late May.

2018 Regatta Schedule:  As regatta dates, host clubs, and venues are known they are being posted on the class website. The Toronto area regatta schedule is now posted. Royal Victoria Yacht Club is hosting the first Pacific Coast 2.4mR Championship June 16 & 17th.  Pointe Claire Yacht Club in Montreal will be hosting our 2018 Canadian Championship August 10, 11, & 12th.  Events in the United States which may be of interest to our members are being posted as we become aware of them. Please check the website regularly for all the latest news.

2018 Class Membership and DuesOur class membership year runs April 1 to March 31. The webmaster has edited the procedures to join the class on line through the website. This requires both renewing and new members to complete the jotform and pay the membership dues through Paypal. Although we do take payment by cheque as well, our preferred payment option is Paypal. Please don’t hand either the class secretary or myself cash at a regatta to pay your membership dues. Although we are honest we are also forgetful so your dues may not be credited to you.

2018 dues are $ 50.00 (same as 2017).

Class Website:  We had problems in September 2017 with the host of our class website.  Thanks to the tireless work of Aaron Wong-Sing, the website was rebuilt and we continue to receive positive comments from our members, from 2.4mR sailors from other countries, and from sailors in other classes within Canada. Making the job easier for Aaron has been Doug Bell, Dee Smith and Bruce Millar all who have contributed articles to the website. The website is our voice to the sailing community at large so if you have anything you wish to share please pass it to the webmaster.

Buoyancy Tests and Certificates: Regular buoyancy tests are a safety issue. At the 2017 Canada Games two boats failed their initial buoyancy tests and required addition floatation materials before they were permitted to race. It was a good thing because two boats did swamp in the one heavy air race and required assistance in being pumped out. If you do not have a buoyancy certificate for your boat or if your certificate was issued in 2013 or earlier you must be tested before you will be permitted to race in class events in 2018. Contact the class measurer (Bruce Millar) to arrange for a buoyancy test.

Jib Boom Boats: Last winter, Tony Pocklington and Bruce Millar spent time with Bjorner Erikstad (NOR) about the development of jib boom boats. Bjorner has had international success with his jib boom boat and the consensus is that competitive jib boom boats will make 2.4mR sailing accessible to more sailors without diminishing the competitiveness of the fleet. In the future I will ask Bruce to prepare an article on jib boom boats for the website.

Please remember to send your questions, reports, pictures and gripes to the class e-mail address [at][dot]

Report from the President – March, 2018

CAN AM Winter Series: The second year of the 2.4mR CAN-AM winter series is currently underway with the four regattas completed at Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club in Florida. These events are drawing between 15 and 20 boats and so far the conditions have been outstanding. No days have been lost because of either insufficient winds or too much wind and the air temperatures have been warm. The final event takes place March 29 – 31. Already plans are afoot for the 2018 – 2019 Winter Series. We investigating a dedicated website for the series which will be loaded with information to make it easier for sailors to attend. It is our goal to reach out to European sailors to attend our Can Am series as air travel between Europe and southwestern Florida is relatively easy.

2018 Regatta Schedule:  As regatta dates, host clubs, and venues are known they are being posted on the class website. We are working to confirm the dates of the Toronto area regattas. Pointe Claire Yacht Club in Montreal will be hosting our 2018 Canadian Championships August 10, 11, & 12th.  Events in the United States which may be of interest to our members are being posted as we become aware of them. Please check the website regularly for all the latest news.

2018 Class Membership and Dues:  Our class membership year runs April 1 to March 31. The webmaster updated the website and opened the membership registration and renewal for the 2018-2019 membership year. This requires both renewing and new members to complete the Membership Form and pay the membership dues through Paypal. Although we do take payment by cheque as well, our preferred payment option is Paypal. Please don’t hand either the class secretary or myself cash at a regatta to pay your membership dues. Although we are honest we are also forgetful so your dues may not be credited to you.

2018 dues are $ 50.00 (same as 2017).

Class Website:  We had problems in September 2017 with the host of our class website.  Thanks to the tireless work of Aaron Wong-Sing, the website was rebuilt and we continue to receive positive comments from our members, from 2.4mR sailors from other countries, and from sailors in other classes within Canada. Making the job easier for Aaron has been Doug Bell, Dee Smith and Bruce Millar all who have contributed articles to the website. The website is our voice to the sailing community at large so if you have anything you wish to share please pass it to the webmaster.

Buoyancy Tests and Certificates: Regular buoyancy tests are a safety issue. At the 2017 Canada Games two boats failed their initial buoyancy tests and required addition floatation materials before they were permitted to race. It was a good thing because two boats did swamp in the one heavy air race and required assistance in being pumped out. If you do not have a buoyancy certificate for your boat or if your certificate was issued in 2013 or earlier you must be tested before you will be permitted to race in class events in 2018. Contact the class measurer (Bruce Millar) to arrange for a buoyancy test.

Clagett Regatta Foundation: The Clagett Regatta Foundation which organizes the Annual Thomas Clagett Jr Regatta in Newport RI issued a call in November 2017 for requests to use one of two new 2.4mR sailboats for a one to four year duration. They are happy to announce that Delani Hulme-Lawrence of Royal Victoria Yacht Club (Canada Games 2.4mR  sailor 2013 & 2017) and Shaylagh Ley of Nepean Sailing Club (Martin 16 Mobility Cup sailor 2016 & 2017) are the recipients of the boats. Both are young sailors who are really enthusiastic to join our class. We welcome them to the starting line.

Please remember to send your questions, reports, pictures and gripes to the class e-mail address [at][dot].

Report from the President January 2018

2017 was a great year for the Canadian 2.4mR class. In Eastern Canada the class saw new boat owners join from other classes and great support for the 2017 Canadian Championships at Pointe Claire QC while Meterfest in Newport RI, USA was well supported by Canadian members. In Victoria BC the class is continuing to attract new boat owners and current boat owners are purchasing new boats. Canada Games sailing events held in Gimli MB had young sailors from seven of Canada’s ten provinces with the lack of a sailor from Quebec being the only disappointment.

CAN AM Winter Series: The second year of the 2.4mR CAN-AM winter series is currently underway with the first two regattas held at Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club in Florida, December 5 – 10, 2017. The next regatta is January 27 & 28, followed by the 2.4mR Western Hemisphere Regatta February 20-23 and the 4th regatta in the CAN AM Series February 24 & 25. The final 2017-2018 CAN AM series regatta takes place March 29 – 31. These are great regattas run by hospitable folks at the Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club.

2018 Regatta Schedule:  As regatta dates, host clubs, and venues are known they will be posted on the class website. We are working to confirm the Toronto area regattas and the 2018 Canadian Championships as well as events in the United States which may be of interest to our members. Please check the website regularly for all the latest news.

2018 Class Membership and Dues:  Our class membership year runs April 1 to March 31. The webmaster will be resetting the procedures to join the class on line through the website. This requires both renewing and new members to complete the jotform and pay the membership dues through paypal. Although we do take payment by cheque as well our preferred payment option is paypal. Please don’t hand either the class secretary or myself cash at a regatta to pay your membership dues. Although we are honest, we are also forgetful so you dues may not be credited to you.

2018 dues will be $ 50.00 (same as 2017).

Class Website:  We had problems in September 2017 with the host of our class website.  As I saw it the host basically shut down the site and then asked us for a ransom to unlock the contents. A decision was made to move to another host and redesign the website. Aaron Wong-Sing did a lot of work in moving the site to another host, reformatting the website and adding the great pictures that jump out every time we open up the website. Please send Aaron both content and photos of you sailing these wonderful boats.

Buoyancy Tests and Certificates: Regular buoyancy tests are a safety issue. At the 2017 Canada Games two boats failed their initial buoyancy tests and required addition floatation materials before they were permitted to race. It was a good thing because two boats did swamp in the one heavy air race and required assistance in being pumped out. If you do not have a buoyancy certificate for your boat or if your certificate was issued in 2013 or earlier you must be tested before you will be permitted to race in class events in 2018. Contact the class measurer (Bruce Millar) to arrange for a buoyancy test.

Clagett Regatta Foundation: The Clagett Regatta Foundation which organizes the Annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Regatta in Newport RI issued a call in November 2017 for requests to use one or two new 2.4mR sailboats for a one- to four-year duration. Although it has not been officially announced, it is my understanding that one boat will be going to Victoria BC while the second boat will be going to a sailor in Ottawa.

Please remember to send your questions, reports, pictures and gripes to the class e-mail address [at][dot] .