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

Victoria Fleet Conducts Flotation Testing

Louise Anstey

Thankfully, it was a sunny May afternoon when our scheduled day for the floatation test arrived. With the three Ps (planning, people and persistence) we managed to test most of the boats in our fleet. We used the method required by the Class Rules: 35 kg of lead placed in the boat (simulating the sailor’s weight), flood it with water, then rock the boat to remove any trapped air. At this stage, Doug Bell (CAN 68) recorded each partially submerged boat with its proud owner looking on.  Doug gave the photo evidence to our Class Measurer, Bruce Millar (CAN 39), for a permanent record of each test.

All eight boats tested that day passed with flying colours.

Being new to the 2.4mR class, I was a bit skeptical of the adequacy of this test. I know it is possible (although not advisable) to submarine a boat in 25 or 30 kts of wind and also that boats can fill up quickly especially when it is wavy, or on a busy start line, or when pumps fail, which they inevitably do. Having flipped and turtled dinghies in Caddy Bay in years past I know how cold that water is!  Staying with your boat or, better yet, on top of your boat is very important. So I needed to be sure my 2.4 had plenty of reserve buoyancy.  To satisfy myself, my solution was to climb aboard my boat full of water and the 35 kg of lead.

Yes!  It remained afloat…..well, awash…..but it did not sink.  Just to be sure this was not an anomaly, I performed this same test on three additional boats.

I’m happy.  Let’s go sailing.

2.4mR Floatation Test
Louise Anstey (CAN 2) completes her own buoyancy testing. Photo by Doug Bell

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: https://photos.app.goo.gl/e80xhU8KsfPO0mVF2

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

Link to more photos:

Photo in 2018 Edge 2.4 Meter Mid Winter Racing January 27-28 – Google Photos

Results:

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

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”