The International 2.4mR Class website has been updated with a letter from their President.
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.
Summer 2019 Highlights: The summer season in Eastern Canada has pretty much wrapped up while the Victoria group will still be sailing into December on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons when the weather is fair. Royal Vic YC even has the Ice Bowl Regatta on December 28th although they rarely have ice.
High water on Lake Ontario and Lac Deschenes was a challenge this summer. The Ottawa sailing clubs were dealing with flooding of their dry sail areas and sand bags until early June while Lake Ontario sailors were finding the water lapping their dry sail areas. The docks at Kingston Yacht Club were submerged when the club hosted the North American Championship. Despite that, the Kingston Yacht Club ran a great regatta with 20 boats in attendance from as far away as Florida.
The National Yacht Club initiated CanAm North 2.4mR Series, a four-regatta series ending with the Canadian Championship September 7-8th. They are already firming up dates for a repeat of this event in 2020 and making sure the dates do not conflict with other regattas.
In Victoria, the 2.4mR fleet has grown to 18 boats. They organized a Pacific Coast Championship in June with nine boats and followed that up with Royal Victoria’s Fall Dighies Regatta with twelve boats with Louise Anstey winning both events. The Victoria fleet is working with the Seattle fleet to encourage increased participation in the Pacific Northwest.
Increasing Exposure, Participation and Boat Ownership
There has been considerable discussion at the international level about what the class can do to increase the sailing community’s awareness of the boat and the people who sail it. We are a unique class as we welcome sailors with disabilities to compete with able-bodied sailors on an even basis. However, we are not a class or a boat that is only for sailors with disabilities.
In North America we hired a media professional to help us promote the 2018-2019 CanAm winter series. This included pre event articles and human interest stories before the series and stories and results sent to the various media outlets immediately after the completion of each of the series regattas.
At the local level we have realized that sailors are probably not going to buy a 2.4mR boat unless they have the opportunity to sail one. In Victoria, the fleet has been generous of offering their boats to other sailors who have expressed interest in the boat. In some cases it takes multiple sails before the prospective owner is convinced that it is the right fit for him/her.
In Ottawa we tried the same model with Monday evening demonstration sails for the members of Nepean Sailing Club who have been admiring our boats resting on the end of W dock. While the wind gods did not co-operate and a couple of evenings were scrubbed because of no wind, we did manage to get six members to sail the boat with more than one of them back at the bar telling other sailors about the positive experience they had. It was encouraging enough that we will try the same in 2020.
Another initiative which the Victoria Fleet has undertaken is to offer their boats to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s Inter fleet Championship. The top skippers from each of the yacht club’s dinghy and keelboats race short races in the 2.4mR to decide who will have bragging rights at the club. This gives the boat exposure to the best of the club’s sailors.
Upcoming events to mark on your 2020 calendar
St. Petersburg America’s Regatta and the 2019 – 2020 CanAm Winter Series
These regattas are the best medicine for escaping winter. The America’s Regatta is December 5 – 8 at the St Petersburg Sailing Centre in St Petersburg FL followed by the Charlotte Harbor YC Midwinters December 10 – 11 and the US 2.4mR National Championships December 13 – 15, both of the latter events are in Port Charlotte FL.
The other regattas as part of the CanAm Series are the Edge Sailing Midwinters January 25 – 26, the CanAmM Regatta #4 February 22 – 23 and the CanAm Finale March 27 – 29, 2020. All events take place at the Charlotte Harbour YC.
The 2020 CanAm North Series will be a series of four regattas (one weekend per month) starting in June 2020 and finishing with the Canadian Championships September 12 – 13 at the National Yacht Club in Toronto. Check the website for the exact dates.
The 2020 2.4mR World Championships will be held at the Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa Florida November 7 to 13, 2020. This is the most important class event and it comes to North America once every 5 or 6 years. Previous events were held in North America in 2009 and 2014. The Davis Island Yacht Club is a sailor friendly venue and the organizing committee has already lined up a quality team of on water personnel and judges.
For up to date listing of all events please go to www.canada24mr.com
Clagett Boats For the past three years, the Clagett Regatta Organizing Committee of Newport RI has annually purchased two new Norlin Mark III 2.4mR sailboats and provided them to North American sailors with a physical disability. Of the six boats currently in the program, five have been lent out to Canadian 2.4mR sailors. The most recent recipients are Peter Eagar of National Yacht Club in Toronto and Erick Poirier of AQVA in Pointe-Claire. The Canadian Class wishes to thank the Board of Directors of the Clagett Regatta for their continuing support.
David passed away suddenly on April 6th in Victoria BC. A hallmark of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club he loved spending his days there chatting with whoever came along. For the past 8 years he was heavily involved in promoting the 2.4mR fleet and was active in sailing and racing the boat in Cadboro Bay. David was enjoying life, always with a laugh and a smile. You would find him at RVYC almost every day eating and talking about sailing. He organized 2.4 events and was always generous about lending his boat out to someone else when he couldn’t sail. Last year he had a major heart surgery and was still recovering. He was one of the founding members of the Victoria 2.4mR fleet and loved every minute sailing the boat. He will be greatly missed by all in Victoria.
It’s been a few months since I last updated the members on all the activities that are taking place within the Class. There are many positive developments which bode well for the Class going forward.
Clagett Boats: The Clagett Foundation has purchased three new 2.4mRs and offered them to sailors with disabilities to use for up to four years. Wendy Frazier of Calgary has received one boat which will be kept in Victoria. A second boat has been given to Siobhan MacDonald of Mabou NS. The Ottawa Clagett boat has been reassigned to Brian Peckover, the 2018 Mobility Cup winner, while Delani Hulme-Lawrence will be keeping her boat in Victoria again 2018.
CAN-AM Series: Another CAN-AM Winter series just concluded in Charlotte Harbor FL with perfect wind conditions and great warm weather, excellent race management and fleets of 20+
boats. New sailors from Marblehead and Milwaukee supported the event as well returnees from Guatemala, Norway, Canada and the USA.
The Toronto Fleet will be running the initial CAN-AM North series out of National Yacht Club this summer. Victoria and Seattle are in discussions to have a CAN-AM Pacific Coast series of regattas starting 2020.
Sail Numbers: The Canadian Class is the issuing authority for 2.4mR sail numbers in Canada. These are issued without cost to members of the Canadian Class Association. Issued numbers are posted on the Class website. From time to time, requests are received from new boat owners wishing to have a number which has already been issued. In some cases, these numbers were issued to boat owners who are no longer members of the class. Starting in September 2019, if a member has not paid their class dues in either 2017, 2018 or 2019 these numbers will be indicated on the website as “inactive” and may be available to anyone joining the class and wishing the number. The incumbent sail number holder will have 30 days to join the class and keep his/her sail number. If they fail to do, so the new member will be assigned the number.
Buoyancy Certificates: All boats must have a current buoyancy certificate. This is a safety issue. Buoyancy certificates are valid for five years and the person conducting the test must be either a measurer appointed by the Class Association or a person authorized by our chief measurer, Bruce Millar
2.4mR North American Championship: Kingston YC will be hosting this event July 5, 6 & 7. Kingston is famous for reliable winds, experienced race Committee, good hospitality, reasonably priced accommodation and lots of activities for shore supporters. It is also the first event of CAN AM North. The Notice of Race is linked from the class website http://www.canada24mr.com/events/sailing-schedule-autumn-2018-summer-2019/
Jib Boom Boats: For a number of years, many of us in the fleet have watched Bjørnar Erikstad sail his jib boom boat to consistent top ten finishes in World Open 2.4mR and World Para Championships. This winter, Bruce Millar and Tony Pocklington spent time developing a jib boom boat with the goal of making the boat easier to sail for people with disabilities. Although not yet perfected, Bruce sailed the boat in the final Winter CAN-AM regatta, placing 4th. More work will be done on the boat this summer and already there is quite a lot of interest from other sailors to order new boats with recessed decks to accept the curved jib boom track.
2020 2.4mR World Championship: The 2.4mR World Championships are coming to North America. The proposed venue is Davis Island YC, Tampa Florida. The proposed dates are November 7 – 14, 2020. Details are developing and once the proposal has been approved by the International Class, we will be able to provide more information.
Class Dues: Our annual class membership year is April 1 to March 31. 2019. Due are now due and must be paid through the class website: www.canada24mr.com
Any questions, please contact me at [at][dot]
Looking forward to seeing everyone at regattas this summer.