The regatta had three days of good racing with both light and medium/strong conditions. On Friday only one race was held in light 4 to 5 knot conditions. After one hour of racing the first four boats all finished within 2 boat lengths of each other with the lead changing hands multiple times in the last 100 meters with Peter Eager winning.
Saturday’s three races saw a building winds with the final race sailed in a 12 knot wind and choppy seas. Dee Smith and Bruce Millar showed they were the class of the fleet while the rest of us fought it out for third place.
Sunday was more of the same with winds starting at 6knots in the first race building to 13 knots in the second. Tony Sanpierre swamped in the second race when three big waves overwhelmed his manual pump.
A great regatta with warm weather, warm water and good competition.
Peter Wood reporting
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/
NEWPORT, R.I. (November 8, 2018) – The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta is pleased to announce that there will be four recipients for the 2018 Clagett Boat Grant Program.
“We are thrilled that through the fundraising efforts for the Clagett Boat Grant Program we are able to award 2.4mR boats to sailors in the US and in Canada. The US boat is going to the Challenged Sailors program in San Diego, California and the boats going to Canada will be going to sailors in Ontario and Alberta. These boats will bring the total of boats that have been granted through the Clagett Boat Grant Program to six over the three years it has been operating. It is important that adaptive sailors are supported in their important endeavors and through this program we at The Clagett are able to provide opportunities to sailors to pursue their individual goals in sailing,” commented Clagett President and Co-Founder Judy Clagett McLennan.
I am selling my Norlin Mark lll 2.4. It’s a Charger Composite built in 2009, ISAF Plaque number 669 and sail number CAN 91. I bought it from Paul Tingley 5 years ago but life and work got in the way so unfortunately not raced very much by me. Currently on the hard at NYC in Toronto.
Pumps: manual and electrical with extra batteries and charger
Steering: tiller and foot pedals
Sails: 2 suits used sails- headsails and mains
1 suit brand new North headsail and main. Bought in 2018 and used only once in a light air practice session.
All sails are Mylar/aramid laminates except for one of the old mains which is Dacron.
Paddle, tow line
Contact Lionel Mandell:
Cell: 647 528 5089