As we all enter another three weeks of lock-down we thought that we would share some of our experience so that you can use some of your time to making sure you are prepared for a return to the water.
Today our focus is on making sure your sails are in perfect racing condition, in this mailer we will show and advise how to look after and repair your sails whilst you are unable to travel to a professional sailmaker.
Sails are the engine of your boat, so it is important that you look after them (which will avoid premature damage) and know how to repair when necessary. Remember, our shop maybe closed but mail-mailorder is still operating!
Cleaning: DO NOT USE hot water to wash the sails, just warm. Never use strong detergents, just household soap to sponge away the marks. The best way to remove oil is to use triclothylene or Swarfega. Sails can be kept in tip-top condition by removing stains and dirt as they collect.
Repairs: For any sizeable sail repair you are always going to be best going back to your sailmaker, but like the situation we find ourselves in sometimes there is not the time, opportunity or money available.
Victoria 2.4 Fleet waiting out the COVID crisis on a beautiful spring day. We look forward to the time when we all can climb into our boats to go sailing together! But when? Although the number of new cases is declining in BC, we expect it will be many weeks before health authorities give us more freedom to socialize.
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.
You may be interested in following the construction of a new cold molded 2.4 in your town. Could this be a Canadian first?
A little background: when David was encouraging many to become a 2.4’er I did some Internet searching and found that Hesse Malmonsen’s website which includes plans for cold molded and, yes, stitch and glue 2.4 designs going by the name of Stradivari. Cutting to the chase, I have a neighbour who is a wood boat craftsman and he has agreed to build a cold molded Stradivari Mk IV. His business is called Nomad Boat Building and he has decided to run a Youtube video series on the adventure that has got underway. Here is the link to the first two Youtube videos:
(at this time there is only Mark’s 1/4 scale half hull, but as the project progresses I can likely arrange a project visit during the construction, and of course after we are allowed to return to social gathering)
You are welcome to share this with friends you may know, even other 2.4mRers beyond Cadboro Bay!
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.
Now that the days are getting longer, the sun is shining a little brighter and the major boat shows have had their run in Canada it is time to think about 2.4 meter sailing. There are still two events left in the CAN AM winter series (February 22- 23 & March 27 – 29) in Charlotte Harbour Florida before our series heads north. Victoria will get a jump on us easterners by hosting the Frozen Assets Regatta February 15 & 16 at Royal Victoria YC.
A lot is happening in North America in the summer/autumn of 2020. The Toronto Fleet and National Yacht Club will again host CAN AM North Summer series with one regatta per month staring in May and culminating in the Canadian 2.4mR championships September 19 – 20. On the west coast Royal Victoria has scheduled regattas for May and September with the Pacific Coast 2.4mR championships scheduled for September 19 & 20 as well. Check the class website www.canada24mr.com for updates and additions to our regatta schedule.
The big event of 2020 will be the 2.4 meter Open World Championships November 7th to 13th at Davis Island YC in Tampa Florida. The organizing Committee are in place and the Race Committee, Judges and Measurers have been selected. The club hosts many One Design regattas including midwinters, regional and national championships. The organizers are expecting about 60 boats including containers of boats from Scandinavia, Germany, England as well as sailors from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Information updates will be posted on our website.
If you are thinking about a new boat to race in the World Championship you should talk to Tony Pocklington the US class president. Tony is planning to bring in a container of boats later this spring.
Finally, this is the first Notice for 2020 class dues. Our Membership year runs April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Membership dues are $ 50.00 again this year. These dues cover the International Class Association dues, Sail Canada Dues, website and communication expenses and for 2020 some $$$ support for the 2020 World Championships. Members and payment information is located on the right side of the website home page. Our website address is www.canada24mr.com Please complete the jot form to up date your membership information and use Paypal to pay your dues. When you pay your dues, you are transferred to the Paypal processor that is secure
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.