This past weekend, the 3rd regatta of the
2.4mR CanAm North Regatta Series was hosted by National Yacht Club. Participants
traveled from Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Montreal and Ottawa to
compete with the local NYC 2.4 fleet.
The 15 boat fleet sailed 7 races to complete the
regatta. In 3rd place was NYC’s Darrell Suderman, in 2nd
place, Dee Smith of Annapolis, and in 1st place, NYC’s Allan Liebel.
The 2.4mR Canadian Championship, hosted by NYC on Sept 7/8, will be the fourth regatta of the 2.4mR CanAm North Series. We are pleased to announce that North Sails will be sponsoring our CanAm North finale. All participants of the finale will be entered into a draw for a North TR-1 jib.
The regatta spirit got rolling Friday with the out of town boats arriving and being assembled. The 2.4mR fleet is always interesting for the mix of able and disable sailors. With the abled sailor helping the disabled sailors rig and launch. A few people even got out for a sail late Friday afternoon. Saturday started with light rain that ends as we arrived at NYC. Boats got launched. Clothing choices were made. We sailed out to the course in light air. Richard and his Race Committee got a course set and we were into our first race a little after 11:00. The fleet doesn’t get stretched to long so we managed to get in the full complement of four races in. We also managed to all arrive safely at the dock as a squall hit. The big increase in wind and pouring rain only lasted a few (long) minutes. Boats were put away and the cooking and eating started, along with an array of beverages to re-hydrate.
Sunday morning came around with more rain and no wind! The RC assured us there would be wind and promptly left the dock. We arrived at the race course some by tow, some in zephyrs of breeze. We all drifted around until the wind (barely) settled in at about 3.5 Knots. The wind never got above 6 knots and shifted a little back and forth. We managed to get in 3 races by 2:45. The RC then sent us in calling it a regatta, with a drop.
Back on shore priority was given to out of towners to pull their boats and get equipment packed onto trailer and trucks.
The 2019 2.4mR Great lakes Championships had 15 boats from Montreal, Ottawa, Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, and NYC. 3rd place was NYC’s Darrel Suderman, 2nd place Dee Smith of Annapolis, and 1st NYC’s Allan Liebel.
Many thanks to Richard McKean and the group of race committee volunteers. Special thanks to John King and the Sea Scouts for helping the disabled sailors rig and de rig their boats. Thanks to Able Sail Toronto for a place to park the disabled sailors boats for the weekend.
Water levels at KYC reached a historic high level, but they are gradually going down and preparations for the 2.4 North Americans are going fine. The water is high, and the outside patio and many docks are completely under water, but the club has built raised walkways to make all the floating docks accessible. We have an excellent area (level access) for those using wheelchairs, and access to the hoist using temporary ramps. For ABs, we are clearing as much floating dock space as possible for those who wish to overnight their boats. Others can dry sail using the crane. The crane area is underwater, but we have installed a temporary floating dock, and we will have RIBs floating in the harbor so that sailors can raft up to complete their daily rigging. We have lots of accessible parking. And of course great food and entertainment!
Don’t forget to register before the late fee kicks in on July 1st.