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

Victoria:   The Victoria 2.4mR sailors have the luxury of sailing year round. In the past sailors from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have positioned their boats in Victoria and have travelled to Victoria for winter training camps. With the Canada Games in 2017 I expect that a number of prairie boats will travel to Victoria and will participate in their monthly sailing sessions.

Florida CAN – AM Winter Series:              The Canadian and US 2.4mR Classes in conjunction with the Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club decided during the Spring of 2016 to organize a series of winter regattas on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Patterned after the Jaguar Cup of the E 22 class, starting in December 2016 there will be a regatta each month.  The first event will be the America’s Regatta at the St Petersburg Sailing Centre, St Petersburg FL., December  1 – 4 Register at www.spyc.org  with the remaining regattas taking place in Charlotte Harbour In December  through March 2017.

For a fee, boats can be stored fully rigged at Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club for the winter season until late March. Contact Tony Pocklington  for more details.  Check the calendar on this website for further dates.

North American 2.4mR Championship, December 6 & 7 Charlotte Harbour YC. A link to the Notice of Race will be published on the website when it is available

US National 2.4mR Championship, December 8 – 10 Charlotte Harbour YC. A link to the Notice of Race will be published on the website when it is available

CAN AM series January Regatta January 21 & 22, 2017 Charlotte Harbour YC. A link to the Notice of Race will be published on the website when it is available

CAN AM series February Regatta, February 25 & 26, 2017 Charlotte Harbour YC. A link to the Notice of Race will be published on the website when it is available

CAN AM Series March Regatta, March 25 – 27, 2017 Charlotte Harbour YC. A link to the Notice of Race will be published on the website when it is available

Early Planning for Summer 2017

Meter Fest at the New York Yacht Club,  The New York Yacht Club will be hosting a regatta for 12 Meter, 6 Meters and 2.4 Meter sailboats June 9 – 11 in Newport RI. This will be an opportunity to showcase our boats along with other classics of the meter era. Ted Green is organizing this for the 2.4mR’s

Clagett Regatta  June 22 – 25 Sail Newport, This is a good regatta for newer members of the class as it offers excellent coaching along with great racing

2017 2.4mR North American Championship, Pointe Claire Yacht Club, Montreal, most likely August 11 – 13,

2017 Canadian Championship, National Yacht Club, Toronto. Dates to be determined

New Boats: Tony Pocklington of Edge Sailing will be importing 5 new boats built to 2.4mR one design specifications from Charger Technologies of Finland. The boats will be arriving in Florida in late December/early January and will be ready for the January 2017 CAN AM regattas. If you are thinking of a new boat contact Tony at or by tel

The next President’s Report will be published in late December. Remember if you have questions please e-mail me at the class e-mail address [at][dot]

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