President’s Report March 2017

Peter Wood CAN 14

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We are already past the middle of March 2017, which means we are only 9 weeks away from our first Eastern Canadian 2.4 Meter regatta, the Ice Breaker at National Yacht Club in Toronto. The fleet in Victoria, which doesn’t have the same hard water problems the rest of us do, have been racing once per week out of Royal Victoria YC.

The CAN-AM Winter Series has only one more event scheduled (March 24- 26th) and has been a great success. Ten Canadian boat owners have participated in at least one of the regattas to date. After the final event a number of sailors will staying on in Florida to train for 3 or 4 days before making the return trip north. The organizers of the CAN AM Winter series will be reviewing the event and would like feedback from both participants and those unable to participate with the hopes of growing the event in 2017 – 2018

Summer and early autumn 2017 has a number of interesting regattas scheduled. I have already made contact with the International 12 Meter class who will be participating in Meter Fest with us at the New York Yacht Club in Newport June 9 -11. They are excited we are participating and it will be an excellent opportunity to showcase our boat with the goal of getting a fleet of boats established in Newport. Ten days after Meter fest will be the Clagett Regatta, also in Newport so a number of us are planning to leave our boats at Sail Newport and return for the Clagett. We are anticipating twenty or more 2.4mR’s for Meter Fest.

The inclusion of the 2.4 meter class in the 2017 Canada Games in Gimli Manitoba is important because it puts the class in front of our ten provincial sailing associations. While entry is restricted to one per province and there are both age and classification requirements the inclusion has resulted in boat ownership in eight of our ten provinces with very healthy activity in Saskatchewan.

This year is Canada’s turn to host the 2.4mR North Americans and Alain Dubuc and the crew of the Pointe Claire Yacht Club are already working hard to make sure it will be a memorable regatta. Last year they organized the successful Canadian 2.4mR Championships so they have most of their team back for 2017. The 2.4mR regatta schedule (found on this website) has a direct link into the Notice of Race for this event.

Finally class dues. The 2017 class membership year is April 1 – March 31. Dues can be paid directly from our website. This year on direction from the 2016 AGM we have reduced our annual dues to $ 50.00 per boat owner. As of this date ten members have renewed for 2017-2018

See you on the water.

 

President’s Report January 2017

Peter Wood CAN 14

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2.4mR Can Am Winter Series

The 2016-2017 2.4mR CAN AM commenced with three regattas on the Gulf Coast of Florida in December 2016. The First Regatta (The America’s Regatta) was held December 2 – 4 at the St Petersburg Sailing Centre in Saint Petersburg FL. 15 boats competed with Dee Smith from Annapolis MD 1st place, Peter Wood from Ottawa, ON second and Tony Pocklington from Fort Myers FL third. Winds were medium to light.

After using Monday December 5th to move the boats to Charlotte Harbour YC the second Regatta (the 2016 North American Championship) was held December 6-7. Tuesday saw winds of 10 to 13 knots with Allan Leibel of Toronto winning two races and Dee Smith of Annapolis winning the other. On the second day Dee won the first race of the day with Alan in close pursuit in second. The second race saw Allan get around the windward mark first while the rest of the fleet was becalmed and trying to sail against an unfavourable tide to the windward mark. After 20 minutes the RC abandoned racing for the day with the result that Dee became the 2016 North American 2.4mR champion.

The 2016 United States 2.4mR championships were the final regatta of the December series. Four races were held on Thursday December 8, with three races on December 9th and the final two races on December 10th.  Allan Leibel definitely dominated the series winning all nine races. Charles Rosenfield placed second and as the top resident US sailors was award the 2016 US 2.4 Meter Championship. Races on all days were sailed in a 10 to 15 knot wind range. Although a cold front swept through the area on December 9th and 10th it was still comfortable sailing for the northerners.

The next regatta in the series will be January 21 & 22, 2017 in Port Charlotte followed by the Charlotte Harbour Regatta February 3 – 5 (not part of the CAN AM series) and February and March regattas on the 25th and 26th of the  month, respectively.  A limited number of charter boats are available. This would be a great opportunity for those considering joining the class to try the boat and check out the fleet. Contact either Peter Wood  or Tony Pockington  for more information. Continue reading “President’s Report January 2017”

President’s Report, October 2016

Peter Wood CAN 14

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As many of us contemplate finishing our 2016 summer season and are either putting our boats away or planning for the long migration to Florida, for the winter 2.4mR season, I would like to reflect on the season past and what we have to look forward to starting December 2016.

Class membership: I am proud to say we have 27 paid up boat owning members in 2016. Our membership base stretches from Cape Breton Island NS to Victoria BC making us one of the most diverse one design classes in Canada. We have boat owning members in eight of Canada’s ten provinces, a claim few other classes can match. We have solid numbers and active fleets of 5 or more boats in Victoria, Saskatchewan, Toronto and Ottawa. Interest in the class is strong, our problem is finding good quality used boats for new entrants into the class.

2016 Canadian Championship:   We had 22 Boats at the 2016 Canadian 2.4mR Championship with competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Our host club Pointe Claire Yacht Club and our regatta chair Alain Dubuc did such a great job they will be hosting the 2017 North American Championships.

Class Finances:  The class finances are in good shape. We have paid our 2016 class dues to Sail Canada and to the International 2.4mR Class Association. We had a healthy discussion on class finances at the AGM in Pointe Claire and have decided to reduce the annual membership fee to $ 50.00 per boat owner for 2017. We also decided that class membership will not be required for non boat owners participating in the occasional regatta. We will be purchasing sail stickers for measurement requirements and distributing them free of charge to Canadian sailmakers. In 2017 we wish to increase the awareness of the class within the Canadian sailing community. For this we will allocate a small promotional budget.

Winter 2016 – 2017 Continue reading “President’s Report, October 2016”

President’s Report 2016

Christine Lavallée
 
At the 2015 AGM in Victoria, after many years as president, Bruce Millar stepped down.  Bruce, as well as being a high performance competitor, has been the key in growing the Victoria fleet and providing encouragement to 2.4mR sailors throughout Canada.  Bruce continues as the International President and our Canadian measurer.
 
At last year’s AGM, I was volunteered to be president.  For those who don’t know me, I bought a boat in 2008 and have sailed in the Class ever since.  We have also revised our Executive with Anne Sanderson continuum as Regatta Coordinator, Peter Wood as Treasurer assisted by Stacie Loutit, and Aaron Wong-Sing managing our website www.canada24mr.com .  Please check the website for the latest class news and regatta information.
 
The class is strong with boats in eight provinces. We will have for the first time a fleet of 8 or more boats at Sail West in Manitoba, in addition to strong class events in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.  Looking forward to 2017, the 2.4mR class will be in the Canada Summer Games in Gimli, Manitoba.
 
If you have any questions about 2.4mRs including buying, selling, or just trying the boat for a demonstration sail, please contact one of our class contacts found on the website.

2.4mR North American Championship 2015 Regatta Report

Nepean Sailing Club

Ottawa, Ontario

July 24 -26, 2015

 

The 2015 2.4 meter North American Championship was held at Nepean Sailing Club July 24 – 26. Fifteen boats hailing from Victoria, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; as well as from New Jersey, Connecticut and New York State in the USA sailed the event.

Friday July 24 saw the racers and Race Committee facing a no wind day, so after 2.5 hours on the water, the RC sent the fleet ashore. Saturday fared better with shifty easterly winds at 8 knots gradually giving way to a southerly at 12 knots. The winds increased all day with five races completed before the threat of thunderstorms sent the fleet home. Sunday started with a light northerly which slowly shifted to the west before finally dying in the early afternoon. The Race Committee completed two races.

 

Finishing in First Place was Bruce Millar from Victoria, BC with 10 points, followed by Allan Liebel from Toronto with 12 points. Third place went to Daryl Suderman of Toronto with 17.5 points.

 

The Principal Race Officer was Hugh McDowell and the Chief Judge was Barbara James. Co-Regatta chairs were Aaron Wong-Sing and Peter Wood.

2013 2.4mR Canadian Championship Regatta Notes

This year’s regatta travelled to La Belle Province and was hosted by Pointe Claire Yacht Club (PCYC), Pointe Claire (Montreal), Quebec the weekend of June 1st-June 2nd. PCYC is located in the village of Pointe Claire, on Lake St. Louis, a lake that is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The club has three 2.4mRs and is looking to grow its fleet.

Representation from Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Nepean Sailing Club, Kingston Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Woodstock, Connecticut and Randolph, New Jersey, totaling 14 boat owners, competed at this event.
Race conditions were quite variable throughout the weekend. Race Officer Madeleine Palfreeman was presented with challenging conditions on Saturday, June 1st. It was an extremely hot and humid day with very light and shifty winds. After numerous delays, Race Officer Madeleine was able to provide the fleet with two good light air races. The conditions deteriorated as the afternoon progressed and the fleet was sent back to shore.

The Canadian 2.4mR Class Association AGM was held on the waterside large veranda of PCYC and there were good discussions regarding the upcoming Worlds, the state of the various fleets across Canada and the need for boat inventory. Later Saturday evening, a dinner was held at a local pub and provided a welcomed opportunity for everyone to relax and get caught up on their respective plans for the reminder of the season. The forecasted thunderstorms arrived Saturday evening which brought cool temperatures and more stable weather for Sunday.

Sunday started with light winds that gradually built as the day progressed, resulting in a beautiful day of racing!

Race Officer Madeleine was able to complete three good races which allowed for a drop in the final scoring.

There was a three way tie for first place between Jerry Wendt, John Finch and Bruce Millar. Once the rules of tie-breaking were applied Bruce Millar was declared the winner of the regatta with John Finch placing second and Jerry Wendt placing third. The overall scores are summarized below.

Rank

Fleet

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

Rating

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total

Nett

1st

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN39

NYC

Bruce Millar

 

1.0

4.0

(7.0)

4.0

1.0

17.0

10.0

2nd

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN17

John Finch

 

3.0

1.0

4.0

(5.0)

2.0

15.0

10.0

3rd

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN96

NYC

Jerry Wendt

 

2.0

3.0

2.0

(6.0)

3.0

16.0

10.0

4th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN3

NYC

Darrell Suderman

 

6.0

(7.0)

1.0

1.0

4.0

19.0

12.0

5th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN8

NYC

Allan Leibel

 

5.0

2.0

5.0

2.0

(15.0 DNF)

29.0

14.0

6th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN40

PCYC

Toby Bryant

 

7.0

(9.0)

3.0

3.0

5.0

27.0

18.0

7th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN14

NSC

Peter Wood

 

4.0

8.0

8.0

7.0

(15.0 DNF)

42.0

27.0

8th

2.4mR

2.4mR

USA142

Charles Rosenfield

 

(11.0)

6.0

6.0

9.0

6.0

38.0

27.0

9th

2.4mR

2.4mR

USA118

Timothy Ripley

 

(9.0)

5.0

9.0

8.0

7.0

38.0

29.0

10th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN12

NSC

Christine Lavallee

 

10.0

10.0

10.0

(12.0)

8.0

50.0

38.0

11th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN18

KYC

Audrey Kobayashi

 

8.0

11.0

(14.0)

11.0

9.0

53.0

39.0

12th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN42

PCYC

Alain Dubuc

 

(14.0)

14.0

12.0

10.0

11.0

61.0

47.0

13th

2.4mR

2.4mR

NOR

Tracy Schmitt

 

(13.0)

13.0

11.0

13.0

10.0

60.0

47.0

14th

2.4mR

2.4mR

CAN723

PCYC

Eric Poirier

 

12.0

12.0

13.0

(14.0)

12.0

63.0

49.0

Fleet tradition is to have the awards presented at the drysail crane and this event was no different. Speeches were made, thank you’s expressed and awards were presented. A fleet photo was taken to conclude a fabulous regatta and weekend.

North Sail Yacht Shop ARK Regatta 2013

ARK regatta – Bedford Basin Yacht Club, Halifax, NS

The first 2.4 mR regatta in the Atlantic Provinces was held July 6 and 7 in light to medium shifty winds. Over two days, we had a hard working Race Committee trying to keep up with the changing breeze. Thanks to ARK for letting us participate and hope it happens again next year!

After 7 races, Scott Lutes finished first, Logan Campbell second, and Nova Scotia’s Canada games representative, Siobhan MacDonald from Mabou, Cape Breton finished third.

Special thanks to Lesley Taylor for her help this past week!