It’s already a new year and much has happened over the past two months. Brian Robinson has settled in as our new class secretary and will be sending out class membership dues reminders in the next few weeks. The good news is that, as voted on at the AGM. we have cut the dues from $ 50.00 per year for boat owners and those who regularly sail in the class to $ 40.00 per year. We have also added a new membership category for non-boat owners who wish to support the objectives of the class. The cost for this membership is $ 20.00 annually. Our membership year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Membership can be renewed on our website shortly www.canada24mr.com (look for the Membership Dues 2021 renewal link).
The class had a very successful national Regatta Scheduling ZOOM meeting in mid-January. The representatives of the various fleets provided their schedules and a national schedule is now posted on the Class website. As travel restrictions may impact the schedule, anyone planning to attend an event from out-of-town should let the respective regatta organizers know of their travel plans four weeks before the scheduled dates of the event. Likewise, competitors should regularly check the website to confirm that the event has not been postponed or cancelled.
On a positive note, the first two events of the 2020 – 2021 CAN AM Winter Regatta series have been run in Charlotte Harbour, Florida. The Royal Victoria Fleet have been sailing Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, weather permitting. Hopefully, the rest of us will be able to return to some sort of normal once summer begins and we get our vaccinations.
At the International Class, much has been happening. In early January, the National Class Associations received reports from two appointed subcommittees. The One Design Subcommittee report (with two dissenters) strongly endorsed the 2.4mR Norlin M3 OD. It noted that most members of the class sailed the Norlin M3 and made a number of proposals to contract expertise to tighten the OD rules. Both the subcommittee’s report and the report of the members dissenting are available on the International website under “Reports”. The second subcommittee, the Marketing Subcommittee (of which I am a member), has proposed that the International Class improve their communications with the National Class Associations and improve the class website to be more relevant to both current and future members.
In late January 2021, the International 2.4mR Class President Steve Bullmore resigned. A letter from the Vice President Rickard Bjurström clarifying the situation is posted on the International website. At this time, the International 2.4mR Class will be conducting a Special General Meeting as the regular 2020 Annual General Meeting was cancelled because of COVID 19. Included on the Agenda is the election of members for the Executive Committee and the Technical Committee. All the candidates are active 2.4mR sailors and each has provided a resume of their sailing and work experiences. I have asked each of them four questions including what they see as the major issues confronting the class. Their responses to my questions will help me determine for whom we will vote.
The 2021 World Championships and Annual Meeting will be held in Tonsberg, Norway August 7 – 15th. Depending on vaccine rollouts and international travel restrictions, I am still considering attending the event.
I hope all you are in good health. Please feel free to at any time to contact us about any questions that the Canadian 2.4mR Class Association may be able to address. Our e-mail address is [at][dot].
It’s early December and everyone is waiting to hear when we will be able to get our vaccine for COVID 19 and return to the new normal. A survey has been conducted of the sailors who normally attend the winter CAN AM Series in Florida. The response indicates that under the current conditions only one sailor plans to travel to Florida this winter. As of this date there has been no announcement of cancellation or postponement the first CAN AM events which are scheduled to be sailed in late January.
Since our virtual Annual General Meeting there have been a number of activities which Canadian 2.4mR boat owners should be aware of. First, our transition of the Treasurer and Secretary positions on the Board is moving along seamlessly. The change in signing officers has been accepted by our banking authorities and the new Secretary has been given tools to carry out his duties. Again, I would like to thank Brian Robinson of Victoria for agreeing to be Class Secretary for 2021 and Aaron Wong-Sing for adding Treasurer to his duties as well as Webmaster.
We will be holding a Zoom Meeting in early February to finalize our 2021 Summer Regatta Schedule. Information on how to join the meeting will be circulated in January.
Internationally, the 2021 2.4mR World Championships are set for Tonsberg, Norway (approximately 100 kilometers from Oslo) August 7-15 2021. There has been some Canadian interest in attending these championships and we are awaiting the Notice of Race and details from the organizing committee and the International Class Association.
Also Internationally, the Executive Committee has formed a Norlin M3 One Design subcommittee to review the issues surrounding the class’s management of the M3 One Design rule within the overall class. Brian Todd of Nova Scotia, a member of World Sailing’s Paralympic Sailing Committee, is a member of the committee. He is the only non-European on the committee, which surprisingly does not have a member of the class Technical Committee.
I have been appointed a member of a recently formed ICA Marketing subcommittee, whose mandate is to raise the profile of the Class internationally. At the current time, the subcommittee is working to update the current International Class website and to develop a fresh new website. It is also planning to circulate a questionnaire to all member National Class Associations to obtain a better understanding of their members and their needs.
The International Class Association will be conducting a Special General Meeting lieu of their Annual General Meeting in mid February 2021. The constitution currently requires the AGM to be hosted at the World Championships. It is my intention to submit a proposal that going forward AGM’s be held virtually as the current practice makes attendance costly for many.
We always want to hear from our members and from friends interested in 2.4mR sailboats. Please send your inquiries and comments to [at][dot]
The International 2.4mR Class website has been updated with a letter from their President.
Read it here: https://www.inter24metre.org/frontside-stories/letter-president-30-10-2020/
Fran Burstein will be publishing a 2021 calendar of 2.4mR sailboats with photos from the 2019 – 2020 CAN AM winter Series. The anticipated cost of these calendars will be $20.00 CDN plus postage.
Quantities will be limited so if you are interested in purchasing one or more please contact Peter Wood at [at][dot] before November 7th. Please specify the quantity you would like.
Canadian 2.4mR Class President
The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held as a virtual meeting on October 15, 2020. Turnout was high, with more than 60% of the class members in attendance. The following are highlights of the meeting:
- Reports from the various regions indicated than despite the COVID 19 pandemic, there was 2.4mR sailing activity in the regions of Canada where the boat is popular. Some members reported boats being stuck in the United States due to the closing of the border between the two countries.
- Class Membership increased to 32 members in 2020. The class membership year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year.
- Financially the class had a small surplus in 2020 of $ 179.50
- Annual Dues were set for 2020. Dues will be $ 40.00 for Full Members and $ 20.00 for Associate members.
- There was a frank discussion of the activities of the Executive Committee of the International 2.4mR Class Association.
- The 2021 Canadian 2.4mR Championship Regatta was awarded to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and will be held September 10 – 12, 2021
- The schedule for the 2021 CAN AM Winter Series was announced. The first week of races will be January 25 – 30 with the second series to be held Feb 20 – 21. The final series will be held March 29 – April 3rd. All events will be hosted by Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club.
- It was agreed to host a scheduling Zoom meeting in January 2021 to co-ordinate the race schedules of the various fleets.
- The election of class officers for 2021 was by acclamation. Peter Wood of Ottawa was reappointed President, Brian Robinson of Victoria was appointed as Secretary, Bruce Millar of Victoria was reappointed as National Measurer, and Aaron Wong-Sing of Ottawa was reappointed as Webmaster. Retiring Secretary Audrey Kobayashi of Kingston was thanked for her service to the class.
- Looking into the future, the Class has agreed to hold future Annual General Meetings as virtual videoconference meetings
With the COVID-19 Pandemic, these are challenging times. We are in a situation none of us have experienced before. Our final CanAm Winter Series regatta is currently postponed to April 24-26, but that seems more and more improbable with the news coming out of the United States.
On a positive note, the Victoria sailors are still getting out on the water for Wednesday afternoon sails under quite restrictive protocols. Social distancing, wiping the hoist controls, and giving room at marks and on the starting line are some of the procedures they have put in place. In the mean time, the Royal Victoria’s spring regatta scheduled for May 2 & 3 has been cancelled.
Our 2020 CanAm North Series being sailed out of National Yacht Club in Toronto is still scheduled, starting with the first regatta June 27 & 28th and continuing with weekend regattas in July, August, and September.
The C. Thomas Clagett Regatta, normally sailed in late June in Newport, Rhode Island, has been rescheduled for Sept 1 – 6 at Sail Newport. This is an important regatta with excellent coaching and I will be attending for the ninth year. Newport is a very special place to sail and with the strong regatta organization it is an event not to be missed. You can get all the information regarding the event at www.clagettregatta.org .
I would encourage anyone thinking about going to the 2.4mR Worlds at Davis Island, Tampa Florida November 7 to 13th to register early in order to show your support. You can register now and pay the entry fee at a later date. This will help the organizers with their planning and give them positive feedback in these times of uncertainty. The website for registering is listed on the class website under events.
Dues The Membership year for the Canadian 2.4mR Class Association is April 1 – March 31. To date, ten members have paid their 2020 membership dues. Memberships can be renewed on the class website and we will be reaching out directly to boat owners who have not paid their dues. The dues support the activities of the class both from the Canadian and International perspective.
Hello Class members,
Now that the days are getting longer, the sun is shining a little brighter and the major boat shows have had their run in Canada it is time to think about 2.4 meter sailing. There are still two events left in the CAN AM winter series (February 22- 23 & March 27 – 29) in Charlotte Harbour Florida before our series heads north. Victoria will get a jump on us easterners by hosting the Frozen Assets Regatta February 15 & 16 at Royal Victoria YC.
A lot is happening in North America in the summer/autumn of 2020. The Toronto Fleet and National Yacht Club will again host CAN AM North Summer series with one regatta per month staring in May and culminating in the Canadian 2.4mR championships September 19 – 20. On the west coast Royal Victoria has scheduled regattas for May and September with the Pacific Coast 2.4mR championships scheduled for September 19 & 20 as well. Check the class website www.canada24mr.com
for updates and additions to our regatta schedule.
The big event of 2020 will be the 2.4 meter Open World Championships November 7th to 13th at Davis Island YC in Tampa Florida. The organizing Committee are in place and the Race Committee, Judges and Measurers have been selected. The club hosts many One Design regattas including midwinters, regional and national championships. The organizers are expecting about 60 boats including containers of boats from Scandinavia, Germany, England as well as sailors from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Information updates will be posted on our website.
If you are thinking about a new boat to race in the World Championship you should talk to Tony Pocklington the US class president. Tony is planning to bring in a container of boats later this spring.
Finally, this is the first Notice for 2020 class dues. Our Membership year runs April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Membership dues are $ 50.00 again this year. These dues cover the International Class Association dues, Sail Canada Dues, website and communication expenses and for 2020 some $$$ support for the 2020 World Championships. Members and payment information is located on the right side of the website home page. Our website address is www.canada24mr.com
Please complete the jot form to up date your membership information and use Paypal to pay your dues. When you pay your dues, you are transferred to the Paypal processor that is secure
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.