CanAm Championship Series Returns to South Florida’s West Coast

2.4mR CanAm 2019

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/

Sailing Schedule Autumn 2018 – Summer 2019

 Sailing Schedule

Autumn 2018 – Summer 2019

America’s Disabled/Able Regatta
November 30 –
December 2, 2018
St. Petersburg Yacht Club

St. Petersburg FL
North American Championship

2019 CanAm Regatta #1

December 4 – 5, 2018Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
US Nationals 2.4mR Championship 2018

2019 CanAm Regatta #2

December 7 – 9, 2018Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
Edge Midwinters

2019 CanAm Regatta #3

January 26 – 27, 2019Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
Western Hemisphere Championship (Tentative)February 19 – 21, 2019Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
2019 CanAm Regatta #4February 23 – 24, 2019Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
CanAm Series Finale

2019 CanAm Regatta #5

March 29 – 31, 2019Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club

Port Charlotte FL
C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & RegattaJune 18 – 23, 2019Sail Newport

Newport, RI
2019 2.4mR World Championships (New Dates)October 12 – 18, 2019Yacht Club Italiano

Genoa Italy

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

Please also consult the Calendar

2019 2.4mR World Championships

The 2019 2.4mR World Championships will be hosted by the Yacht Club Italiano, Genoa Italy October 12 – 18, 2019. The Yacht Club Italiano is the senior yacht club in Italy and would compare favourably to top the yacht clubs in North America. It has a strong tradition of supporting competitive racing including sponsoring contenders for the America’s Cup. It is actively helping to prepare Italy’s sailing team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Among its membership have been past presidents of World Sailing. It is an honour that the club has agreed to host our class World Championship.

To make life easier for overseas sailors Niko Salomaa from Finland is able to arrange charters of Finish 2.4’s including boat transport to the venue and return. Here is his e-mail:

Yes there are plenty of charter boats available in Finland. The price for the charter is 2500€ including transportation to the venue. You can put my contact information on the website post you are making if anyone has further questions. I would appreciate if we could get all the interested people contact me before the end of March 2019. After we get all the interested people we can start planning the logistics to Italy.

Cheers Niko

Niko Salomaa
+358 50 3477606
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Great Lakes 2.4 mR Regatta 2018

We had a great regatta this weekend. Winds were light and shifting, generally 3-6 knots. Seas got a bit lumpy Sunday. It was pretty hot here in Toronto, so it was great to get out on the water. Darrell and Trish gave us a terrific BBQ Saturday.

Peter Eagar
CAN 22

Pacific Coast Championship – June 16-17, 2018

The Victoria fleet hosted the class Pacific Coast Championship on June 16-17.  The event attracted two competitors from out of town: Wendy Frazier, Calgary, and Jeff Reinhold, Seattle, to make an eleven boat fleet.  Unfortunately, our Saskatchewan friends were unable to attend.

We delayed our practice session on Friday afternoon by an hour awaiting the flood tide to return enough water under the jetty to launch the visiting 2.4s.  Friday morning was a ten-year record low tide!

On Saturday morning the SE wind was very weak and turbulent for the initial race, switching to the N by the last leg.  Boats could make big gains on one leg and experience a significant lose on the next leg.  It mixed the fleet quite successfully.  Ones view of the race depended on one’s final finish position.  After a short postponement, the wind settled into a 4-8 kt southerly at the mouth of Cadboro Bay with enough shifts and pressure changes to reward those with their eyes on the water.  By Race 4 the flood current set in gently at the weather mark and it had enough strength that it caught some by surprise.  Trying to shoot around the mark was risky; the result was two competitors demonstrated their skills at 360-turns.  We completed five races by 3.30.  After putting away the boats, we retired to the patio for refreshments and contemplated the close results – ties between four pairs of competitors.

Sunday dawned sunny and clear.  The Caddy Bay summer northerly showed its first zephyrs by 9 am and built to 4-6 kt by race time.  The RC set up a short course, maybe 300 m long, from the RVYC breakwater to the beach.  Early in the day, the pressure and lifts favoured the right side of the course.  In the latter races, lifts on the left side of the course were dominant.  However, all day competitors needed to watch their compass for shifts, watch the water for puffs and be prepared to revise their plan to be successful.

Thank you to the race committee: John Edwards (PRO), Ron Jewula (ARO), the crew from Kairos and many others.  Besides running nine races, they found time to serve bbq’d hotdogs between races on Saturday and fresh baked brownies on Sunday.  What a team!!

Check out the Hotdog Drive Thru in Rod Mack’s video .  See the deluxe ‘dog’ he collects when he eventually gets in the queue.

Award winners: 1st Bruce Millar, 2nd Louise Anstey, 3rd Doug Bell.  See full results here.

Award winners from left: Doug Bell (3rd), Bruce Millar (1st), Louise Anstey (2nd), AJ Hesford, RVYC Racing Fleet Capt.
Event pictures are in two albums:
Photo credits:  On the water photos: Fred Poustie
                            Awards photos: Wendy Frazier

Sailing Schedule Spring – Autumn 2018

 Sailing Schedule

Spring – Autumn 2018

Spring Regatta

Results

May 5 – 6, 2018 Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Victoria BC
Icebreaker May 19 – 20, 2018 Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club
Toronto ON
NYC – Series I June 10 National Yacht Club
Toronto ON
2.4mR Next Gen Talent ID Camp CANCELLED
Nepean One Design

Results

June 16 – 17 Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa ON
2.4mR Pacific Coast Championship

Results

June 16 – 17 Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Victoria BC
C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta

Results

June 20 – 24 Sail Newport
Newport RI
Bob Yuile Memorial Regatta

Results

July 14 – 15 Britannia Yacht Club
Ottawa ON
National Event July 14 – 15 National Yacht Club
Toronto ON
NYC – Series II July 21 National Yacht Club
Toronto 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
Great Lakes Regatta

Results

August 4 – 5 National Yacht Club
Toronto ON
2.4mR Canadian Championship 2018

Results

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
NYC – Series III September 22 National Yacht Club
Toronto ON

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

Please also consult the Calendar