by Alain Dubuc
For a second year in a row, the Pointe Claire Yacht Club was pleased to hold the 2.4mR North American Championships which took place on August 11, 12 and 13.
We had planned for three days of racing, three rather than two in the hopes of getting at least one good day of sailing, which we ended up having. No wind on Friday, no wind on Saturday, a lot of getting in and out of the water, and finally, we got some nice wind on Sunday to the great relief of your humble servant and 22 attendees.
The committee boat was led by the great Madeleine Palfreeman, certified race officer, assisted by a team of experienced volunteers from the Yacht Club.
On Sunday morning, between 10 am and 2 pm, Madeleine was able to conduct a series of 4 races in winds going from low to medium.
To nobody’s great surprise, paralympian Dee Smith won it all, followed closely by Darrell Suderman and Allan Leibel, three excellent sailors. Finally, I hope that everyone was satisfied with the way things played out. The next time we meet will be at the Canadian Championships in Toronto mid-September. The fleet will then head down to Florida for a long winter series called CanAm.
The 2.4 fleet is doing very well and is in full growth all across North America. In August 2018, I hope to be able to organize this event again, on the same date. Probably the Canadian championships. Save the date!
Thank you and see you soon.
Full Results can be found here
Gimli Yacht Club
The 2017 Canada Summer Games was hosted by the City of Winnipeg. Canada Summer Games are a multi sport games modelled after the Olympics with each province selecting and sending athletes to compete against athletes from other provinces/territories. Awards are given to the province with the most medals and to the province/territory which most improves its results from the previous games. The games are held each two years alternative between summer and winter sports. The sailing events took place at Gimli on Lake Winnipeg approximately 90 kilometers north of the main games village.
The 2.4mR class was used for the Para mixed event. (there are only four sports who include a Para event in their program). As the games are considered a development program the age of the athletes are restricted. However in order to have a full field, age exemptions were given to the 2.4mR Para event.
Seven of the ten scheduled races were sailed in generally light winds. The final three races were cancelled because the wind did not reach 3.5 knots. The third day of racing saw winds as high as 16 knots with large short seas caused by the long fetch and the relatively shallow lake. This caused three boats to swamp and one boat not to start in the difficult conditions of Race # 5.
Interestingly two boats were jib-boom boats and they definitely showed that they can be competitive in both light and heavy conditions. Where they seemed less competitive were in 5 to 7 knots of breeze. This option should be seriously considered by sailors with disabilities.
The next Canada Summer Games will be in Niagara region of Ontario in 2021. For those Games it will be important that all Para sailors will meet the age restrictions of under 35 years of age.
||Krystle Con Shewchuk
Full Results can be found here
Peter Wood CAN 14
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.
Peter Wood CAN 14
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”
Peter Wood CAN 14
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”
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.