Disabled World Championship 2018 – Sheboygan Wisconsin – Sept 16 – 22, 2018

As you may or may not know the 2018 Disabled World Championships are coming to the USA.

This regatta will be one of the last chances for World Sailing (WS) to showcase sailing to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) before it is decided on re-instatement to the Paralympic Games in 2024. The regatta is going to be held on the waters of Lake Michigan in the city of Sheboygan WI. This would be a great opportunity for disabled sailors in Canada to come together and present a strong showing for team Canada and will also provide an opportunity for all abilities to get some valuable experience.

This announcement by WS is a little late but now that we have it we should work together to make plans for all of us to attend and we need to gather support from Sail Canada, Provincial Sailing Associations, Yacht Clubs, Coaches, Support personal and other supporters. I have now put this event on my calendar and hope you will as well. Lets band together and show how Canada has a strong and skilled disabled sailing community. This is also one of the few times when everyone can drive to the event location in a reasonable time.


The decision from IPC about re-instatement for the games in 2024 s supposed to take place in January 2019.

Go Canada!

Bruce Millar
CAN 39

Report from the 2.4mR Canadian Class President – November 2017

As most of the Canadian Class have either put their boats away for the winter or are planning their travel  to Florida for our CAN-AM winter season I thought that I would reflect on the past summer. First, the class has being growing with new boat owners in both the Toronto and Victoria fleets. The sailors attracted to our class have strong racing resumes from other classes so we know they will be fun to compete against. Rumours have it that at least three of our current members are purchasing new boats so it looks like 2018 will be a strong sailing season.

Meterfest in Newport RI was an initiative of the International 12 Meter Class Association. It was a regatta within the New York Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta. Nine 12 Meters and six 6 Meters participated along with seventeen 2.4 meters. Unfortunately the 8 meters were unable to show up, held back by the high waters on the Lower Great lakes. One of the highlights of the regatta was the Friday Long – Distance race around Rose Island and underneath the Pels Bridge. We finished in front of Fort Adams. How often do we do a long distance point to point race in a 2.4 meter?

The Saturday night dinner on the lawn of Harbour court, the New York Yacht Club’s Newport station was spectacular. Well worth the high price of admission. Meterfest will next be held June 2019

Clagett Regatta also hosted in Newport took place two weeks after Meterfest so many sailors left their boats at Fort Adams and returned two weeks later. Clagett Regatta features great coaching from some of the best small boat coaches in the USA. A great Race Committee and lots of local sponsorship support under the direction of Judy McLennan. It is traditionally a regatta for sailors with disabilities, however the 2.4 Meter event is open and the competition is good. Throw in Newport sailing conditions and it is the reason I have been a regular for eight years. One thing that was interesting was that Paul Tingley sailing a jib-boom boat won the regatta with a very consistent series.

Canada Games The 2.4mR was used as the Para Mixed Sailing event at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Gimli MB. Entry into the Canada Games is limited to one boat per province and the competitor must be classified according to World Sailing Functional Disability Classification System. There is also a maximum age limit of 35 however exemptions were given in 2017. Five sailors met all the criteria while three sailors were granted exemptions. Gold Medalist was Joe Gerlinsky of Saskatchewan. The 2021 Canada Games will again include the 2.4mR.

2.4mR North Americans at Pointe Claire Yacht Club in August had 21 boats. It was one of the larger class North American’s in recent years. Twenty one boats competed however the weather gods played havoc with one day lost because of lack of wind and a second day lost because of forecast violent thunderstorms. We did get racing on the third and final day and the Race Committee worked hard to get four good races in 6 to 10 knots of wind. Congratulations to Dee Smith from Annapolis MD who retained his title for the second straight year.

Canadian 2.4mR Championships:  was held at National Yacht Club September 15 – 17th. It was a smaller fleet than normal as many sailors had other commitments during that weekend. Six races were held under light wind conditions with Alan Liebel again winning the Canadian Championships with Jerry Wendt second and Peter Eagar third.

Victoria 2.4mR Fleet: While the rest of us have either stored our boats for the winter or for Florida Jackie McRoberts posted pictures from Royal Victoria YC showing that the Victoria fleet is actively racing in Cadboro Bay most Saturdays in October and November. But even Victoria does get the occasional snow fall but rumour has it that the gang waits until 2:00pm in the afternoon for the snow to melt off their boat covers and then get a late start with hot rums in the clubhouse.

Looking Forward:  For many Canadian 2.4mR sailors, the CAN-AM winter series is a nice break from our snowy climate.  Starting with the America’s Regatta in St Petersburg (not scored for the CAN-AM Winter Series) a sailor can race in three regattas in early December, and then one weekend event per month until the beginning of April. After the St Petersburg regatta, all events are held at the Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club which is a short 40 minute drive north of the Fort Myers International Airport. Boats can be stored at Charlotte Harbour YC so there is no need to derig after each event.  Sunday evening departures from Fort Myers allows a sailor to be back at their desk first thing Monday morning.

2018 Summer Regatta Schedule:

 As dates for events become known, they will be posted on the Canadian Website.

2017 Canadian 2.4mR Championship Regatta Results

Cumulative Results

Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner / Skipper Race
1.   CAN 8 chaos 2.4 Metre allan leibel 1 1 2 1 2 1 [2] 6.0
2.   CAN 96 2.4 2.4m Jerry Wendt 3 4 1 4 1 3 [4] 12.0
3.   CAN 22 CAN 22 2.4mR Peter Eagar 4 3 3 2 6 2 [6] 14.0
4.   CAN3 CAN3 2.4mR Darrell Suderman 2 2 4 5 3 6 [6] 16.0
5.   USA 142 none 2.4mR Charles Rosenfield 6 5 5 7 4 4 [7] 24.0
6.   CAN 16 Element 2.4mR Stephen Jones 7 6 7 3 7 5 [7] 28.0
7.   CAN13 CAN13 24mR Patricia Doyle 8 8 6 6 5 7 [8] 32.0
8.   CAN 42 The Answer 2.4mR Janice Graham-Foscarini 5 7 8 8 10 10 [10] 38.0
9.   CAN 1 CAN 1 2.4mR Alain Dubuc 9 9 9 10 8 8 [10] 43.0
10.   CAN 91 Spirit 2.4 Lionel Mandell 10 12/RET 10 9 9 9 [12] 47.0
11.   CAN 54 2.4mR 2.4mR Paul Chandler 12/DNC 12/DNC 12/DNC 12/DNC 12/DNC 12/DNC [12] 60.0

2.4mR Open North Americans 2017 Pointe Claire, Canada

by Dee Smiith

In early August, Joc, Sully and I headed out of dodge on a road trip to an area we have never been to before.   With a little extra time on our hands, we were able to take our time to drive North through the beautiful States of PA and NY.  It was a good time to get out of the Annapolis heat and go sail the little boat again, against some very good competition in Canada for the first time.

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2.4mR North American Championship 2017 at PCYC Report

by Alain Dubuc

For a second year in a row, the Pointe Claire Yacht Club was pleased to hold the 2.4mR North American Championships which took place on August 11, 12 and 13.

We had planned for three days of racing, three rather than two in the hopes of getting at least one good day of sailing, which we ended up having. No wind on Friday, no wind on Saturday, a lot of getting in and out of the water, and finally, we got some nice wind on Sunday to the great relief of your humble servant and 22 attendees.

The committee boat was led by the great Madeleine Palfreeman, certified race officer, assisted by a team of experienced volunteers from the Yacht Club.

On Sunday morning, between 10 am and 2 pm, Madeleine was able to conduct a series of 4 races in winds going from low to medium.

To nobody’s great surprise, paralympian Dee Smith won it all, followed closely by Darrell Suderman and Allan Leibel, three excellent sailors. Finally, I hope that everyone was satisfied with the way things played out. The next time we meet will be at the Canadian Championships in Toronto mid-September. The fleet will then head down to Florida for a long winter series called CanAm.

The 2.4 fleet is doing very well and is in full growth all across North America. In August 2018, I hope to be able to organize this event again, on the same date. Probably the Canadian championships. Save the date!

Thank you and see you soon.

Full Results can be found here

International 2.4mR North American Championship Regatta 2017 Results



 Results are final as of 15:29 on August 13, 2017


Sailed: 4, Discards: 0, To count: 4, Rating system: Custom, Entries: 21, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Club HelmName SailNo R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st DEE SMITH 7 7.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 11.0 11.0
2nd DARELL SUDERMAN 3 4.0 6.0 3.0 4.0 17.0 17.0
3rd ALLAN LEIBEL 8 3.0 12.0 2.0 1.0 18.0 18.0
4th CHARLES ROSENFIELD 142 6.0 4.0 10.0 3.0 23.0 23.0
5th TONY POCKLINGTON 3 12.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 24.0 24.0
6th JERRY WENDT 96 5.0 11.0 4.0 11.0 31.0 31.0
7th PETER WOOD 14 8.0 5.0 9.0 9.0 31.0 31.0
8th PETER EAGAR 22 11.0 8.0 6.0 6.0 31.0 31.0
9th TED GREEN 175 10.0 7.0 7.0 8.0 32.0 32.0
10th ERIK YEO 30 2.0 3.0 18.0 10.0 33.0 33.0
11th JANICE GRAHAM-FOSCARINI 42 14.0 18.0 8.0 7.0 47.0 47.0
12th CHRISTINE LAVALLEE 12 15.0 10.0 14.0 14.0 53.0 53.0
13th STEVEN JONES 16 1.0 9.0 22.0 DNS 22.0 DNS 54.0 54.0
14th AARON WONG-SING 88 18.0 17.0 11.0 12.0 58.0 58.0
15th ALAIN DUBUC 1 20.0 15.0 12.0 13.0 60.0 60.0
16th PATRICIA DOYLE 13 13.0 16.0 15.0 19.0 63.0 63.0
17th AUDREY KOBAYASHI 18 17.0 14.0 16.0 16.0 63.0 63.0
18th TIM RIPLEY 11 21.0 13.0 13.0 18.0 65.0 65.0
19th SERGE DIONNE 56 16.0 19.0 22.0 DNF 15.0 72.0 72.0
20th DAVID FOSCARINI 5 19.0 20.0 17.0 17.0 73.0 73.0
21st PIERRE CARPENTIER 40 9.0 22.0 DNS 22.0 DNF 22.0 DNS 75.0 75.0


Category Rank Competitor
TOP 3 1st 2.4mR 7 DEE SMITH
TOP 3 3rd 2.4mR 8 ALLAN LEIBEL

Scoring codes used

Code Description Points
DNF Started but did not finish 22
DNS Came to the start area but did not start 22