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].

2.4mR Regatta Series 2017-18 CanAm #4

24-25th February 2018
Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club

 By Jackie Gay

 After a clinic day and three days of hard racing in the Western Hemisphere Championships, some may think that the sailors would have had their fill by the time CanAm #4 came around. However there is something about the 2.4mR that keeps us coming back. Even after the toughest day, you still wake up the next morning thinking, ‘Yes! More racing today!’

It’s not just the boat, of course, but the sailors and the glorious fact that we have this lovely piece of water all to ourselves. Just the wind, the puffy clouds, the palm trees and the warm water to deal with… tough eh?

The breeze was a little lighter than it had been for the previous regatta, and with big shifts, up and down pressure and strong current, this was complex racing, especially on the first day. Bruce Millar of Royal Victoria Yacht Club showed his experience by winning 4 out of 5 races, with Alan Leibel, Peter Eagar (both National Yacht Club) and Charlie Rosenfield (Sail Newport) chasing hard. Bruce won the regatta with Alan second and Charlie third. I came 8th out of 14 with the racing in the middle of the pack particularly close and tight and many finishes just centimeters apart. Great training – my goals for this year are definitely now focused on defending downwind!

For the last race mother nature put on her best frock with a gorgeous fresh sea breeze. I enjoyed my upwind beat so much I wrote a song while I was sailing! Come join us!

2.4mR Sailboats at starting line

Two 2.4mR Sailboats

Photos Fran Burstein

For photos in full resolution see:

Sailing Schedule Autumn 2017 – Autumn 2018

 Sailing Schedule

Autumn 2017 – Autumn 2018

America’s Disabled/Open Regatta


December 1 – 3, 2017 St Petersburg Yacht Club
St Petersburg, FL
CHYC Midwinters

2018 CanAm Regatta #1


December 5 – 6, 2017 Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
US 2.4mR Nationals

2018 CanAm Regatta #2


 December 8 – 10, 2017 Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
Edge Midwinters

2018 CanAm Regatta #3


January 27 – 28, 2018 Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
Charlotte Harbor Regatta February 3 – 4, 2018 Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
2.4mR Western Hemisphere Championship

Notice of Race

Training/clinic February 20, 2018

Racing February 21 – 23, 2018

Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
2018 CanAm Regatta #4 February 24 – 25, 2018 Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
2.4mR Racing Clinic March 28, 2018 Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
2018 CanAm Finale March 29 – 31, 2018 Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club
Port Charlotte FL
Spring Regatta May 5 – 6, 2018 Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Victoria BC
2.4mR Next Gen Talent ID Camp June 13 – 15 Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa ON
Nepean One Design June 16 – 17 Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa ON
C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta June 20 – 24 Sail Newport
Newport RI
2.4mR Pacific Coast Championship June 16 – 17 Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Victoria BC
Bob Yuile Memorial Regatta July 14 – 15 Britannia Yacht Club
Ottawa ON
Independence Cup July 26 – 29 Burnham Harbor
Chicago IL
Western Canadian Championships August 2 – 6 Wabamun Sailing Club
Wabamun AB
2.4mR World Championship 2018 August 4 – 10 Gälve, Sweden
2.4mR Canadian Championship 2018 August 10 – 12 Pointe Claire Yacht Club
Pointe-Claire QC
Para World Sailing Championships 2018 September 16 – 22 US Sailing Center of Sheboygan
Sheboygan WI, USA
Fall Regatta September 22 – 23 Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Victoria BC

Notices of Race and Results are linked above, where available.

Please also consult the Calendar

Tony has charter boats for the Florida events available at US$150 per day.  He can be contacted at [at][dot]

Clinic, Western Hemisphere Championship and CanAm#4

Next week we will be having a Clinic, Western Hemisphere Championship and CanAm#4.

We have also arranged with Gene Hinkel to do some boat weighing, sail measurement and float testing.

If your boat is in Charlotte Harbor, and you are not able to be there, but you would like your boat weighed and/or float tested (ie your float certificate is over or nearing five years old or you do not have one) please let Tim Ripley [dot][at][dot] know so he can add your boat to the queue.   While they cannot guarantee all boats will be float tested, they will do their best.

CAN AM 2.4mR Regatta #3 (Edge Midwinters 2.4mR Regatta)

Last weekend of January was the Edge Midwinters 2.4m regatta hosted by Edge Sailing and Charlotte Harbor YC. Some informal training sessions were held during the weekdays before the regatta including participation by Bjornar Erikstad ( NOR 1 ) before he had to return his boat to the Norwegian Sailing Team container in Miami to return home. Hopefully he can encourage other Europeans to join our winter Can Am 2.4m Regatta Series next fall by shipping their boats to Florida after  the world disabled championship in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in September 2018.

Sailboats at starting line

 With warnings from Regatta chairman Martin Holland, and laughter from the northerners, about the unseasonably cool water ( a bit less than the usual 25° C! ) the regatta got underway with three races in 10 to 20 knot winds. Dee Smith won all three with great battles for the next five positions. Day two was similar wind and wave conditions and current. Alan Leibel moved up with two seconds and the next four of Bruce Millar, Peter Eagar, builder Tony Pocklington and Charles Rosenfield had close racing. The racing was close throughout the fleet which gave lots of action at the marks and finishes. 

Sailboats crossing

Try to join the fleet for the February Can Am #4 regatta as well as the Western Hemisphere 2.4m Regatta and the March 27 training session followed by the Can Am finale Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 28, 29, 30.


For more info & series results to date see :


Contact Martin Holland for more info: [at][dot]

Link to more photos:
Photo in 2018 Edge 2.4 Meter Mid Winter Racing January 27-28 – Google Photos


Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club2018 Edge MidWinter Championships ResultsUS 2.4mR Class

Position Sail Club Name Boat Name Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Points
1 USA 7 Stc Smith, Dee 2 for 1 1 1 1 1 1 5.0
2 CAN 8 National YC Leibel, Allan CAN 8 3 2 3 2 3 13.0
3 CAN 39 Royal Victoria Yacht Club Millar, Bruce Life of Brian 2 3 2 6 6 19.0
4 CAN 22 National YC Eagar, Peter CAN 22 5 6 4 3 2 20.0
5 USA 3 CHYC Tony Edge 4 4 7 5 5 25.0
6 USA 142 Sail Newport Rosenfield, Charles 8 5 5 4 4 26.0
7 CAN 68 RVICYC Bell, Doug Dugout 6 8 6 7 9 36.0
8 167 Cyccm Corcoran, Jay fake news 7 7 9 8 7 38.0
9 160 Davis Islands YC Holmberg, Kevin 9 11 11 11 8 50.0
10 11 Ripley, Tim Slackometer 10 9 10 9 12 50.0
11 USA 23 Cyc Seattle Reinhold, Jeffery Gander 11 12 12 12 13 60.0
12 CAN 1 PCYC Dubuc, Alain can 1 25/DNF 10 8 10 10 63.0
13 8 Warrior Sailing Pontes, Rachelle Georgiana 12 25/DNS 25/DNS 14 14 90.0
14 CAN 18 Kingston Kobayashi, Audrey Hiroshi maru 25/DNS 25/DNS 25/DNS 13 11 99.0
15 (Tie) CAN 14 Nepean Sailing Club Wood, Peter Small EXpectations 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
15 (Tie) CAN 23 RVYC Gay, Jackie TP 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
15 (Tie) Can 42 NYC Foscarini, Janice Graham The Answer 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
15 (Tie) 175 Sail Newport Green, Ted Magic Bus 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
15 (Tie) CAN 2 R Vic YC Anstey, Louise Lisa 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
15 (Tie) 5 San Diego Yacht Club Altizer, James 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
15 (Tie) NOR 1 Tonsberg Seilforening Erikstad, Bjornar 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
15 (Tie) USA 165 Daniel My Dixon’s Cider 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 25/DNC 125.0
167 Cyccm Corcoran, Jay fake news
167 Cyccm Corcoran, Jay fake news

2.4mR Next Gen Talent ID Camp 2018

The plans for the Nepean Sailing Club/ Ontario Sailing Assn Paralympic Training Centre Next Gen 2.4mR training camp are starting to take form.

Dates:        June 13 – 15, 2018
Location:    Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Avenue Ottawa
Boats:    Preferably we would like you to bring your own, however we have up to four  very good 2.4mR’s that you can borrow for the camp. Unfortunately we do not have any jib boom 2.4mR boats. If needed we do have Martin 16’s as a backup.

Accommodation:    We will try to billet participants but depending on your accessibility issues you may need to reserve hotel accommodation close to the club. Hotels are available within 5 kilometers of the club (10 minute drive).

Cost of the Clinic: $ 0.00 however you will be responsible for your own meals and incidentals

Coaches:    To be determined

Travel Assistance:    We would suggest that you contact your provincial sailing association for travel assistance. They will be advised of this clinic.

Eligibility:    This camp is for sailors with a disability under the age of 26. It is targeted for sailors planning on sailing the Para mixed event at 2021 Canada Games and other national and international para sailing events.

Description:    Nepean Sailing Club on Lac Deschenes (Ottawa River) has been running accessible sailing programs for 20 years. It is a fully accessible club with a large able sail dock and four transfer lifts. It has a strong volunteer base to support its active able sail membership. The sailing area is immediately in front of the harbour entrance so courses can be set up five minutes from the able sail dock.

Follow-up events:

June 16 & 17 Nepean One Design Regatta, The 2.4mR class will have a start in this event

June 21- 24 Thomas Clagett Regatta in Newport RI. This event has the best coaching in the USA, Travel assistance is available.

Please let me know if you are thinking of attending and if so will you be bringing your own boat.

Peter Wood

CanAm 2018 Regatta #1 Report

2.4mR Sailboats tied to the dock

December 7th, 2017
Dee Smith

The first regatta of the second annual CanAm Regatta Series finished yesterday with all six races complete in beautiful, warm Charlotte Harbor, Florida. First day was pretty light 3-6 knots of wind that shifted quite a bit. The current running out of the harbor kept everyone on their toes making lay lines hard to master and leaving passing spots for some.

It was quite a close first beat to the first race as 3 boats rounded overlapped. Bruce Millar made the most of the run on the right side and was able to get a small edge at the leeward mark and carry it to the finish. I had to hold off Peter Eagar at the finish for second. Bruce set the pace by sailing a very nice race all around. Continue reading “CanAm 2018 Regatta #1 Report”

2.4mR Racing in Sunny Florida USA

For the second year in a row the waters of Charlotte Bay FL USA are alive with 2.4mR sailboats. The CanAm (Canada/America) series is the brainchild of a number of North American 2.4mr sailors.

It all started a few years ago with talk around the boat park. Many of the sailors from both Canada and the USA were traveling to Florida to do some winter sailing. Unfortunately transiting to different locations often meant sailors would not participate as they had to rig and derig their boats multiple times. Boat storage between regattas was also an issue.

After some brainstorming and a lot help from Tony Pocklington (Edge Sailing) and Martin Holland of Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club (CHYC) the plan was put into action and in the winter of 2016/2017 the first of the CanAm Series took place. Immediately it was a hit. Continue reading “2.4mR Racing in Sunny Florida USA”