Dear all 2.4mR NCA member, dear sailors, 2.4mR class fans
As many of you already know, the German NCA has a new board, which I would like to introduce to you. Until now, no NCA has ever presented its board – so why do we and why now?
The answer lies in the new direction of the German Class Association to develop the class not only together with our own members, but together with all NCAs and the ICA the 2.4mR class.
An open communication culture is an essential factor for the success of our class. We cordially invite you to walk the path together.
Our new board consists of five board members plus a technical delegate and an international affairs delegate.
The new 1st chairman is Oliver (“Olli”) Thies. Olli has sailed in various boat classes and an Olympic campaign in the Tornado. He joined the class last year and is now a 2.4mR sailor with heart and soul.
The new class secretary is Bernd-Leopold (“Poldi”) Käther. He has been in the class since 2017 and brings his club and association experience to the table. Prior to the 2.4mR, he sailed Dragons, Solings and H-Boats and served as race officer at national and international regattas. In addition, he has contributed his experience to the development of the new website.
The 2nd chairperson is Karin Hoffman, who was already a member of the previous board. She is responsible for the integration of women.
Lutz-Christian Schröder has been active in the area of youth education and the implementation of training measures for years in his board activities. He is also the board member of an inclusive sailing club, where he has been very successful in enabling people with disabilities to take up sailing.
Stephan Giesen is known to many sailors through his excellent work as a race officer.He is also the chairman of the German Sailing Federation’s race committee board.
Tom Jatsch is the technical delegate and measurer of the class and has taken over his post from Jörg Feder. He is also a member of the TC in the ICA.
As a delegate, I am responsible for international affairs and contribute my contacts to you, to World Sailing and Para World Sailing.
The German NCA sees the further development of the class as an absolute priority. On this path, we feel obliged to inform our members comprehensively and to involve them in strategic decisions.
Furthermore, we would like to promote the improvement of communication between the NCAs. This also applies to the flow of information between the NCAs and the ICA.
Each NCA has had its own experiences (positive and negative) and ideas over the years and we feel it is useful to share them with each other.
The new website of the German NCA has been set up multilingually to provide all information conveniently worldwide.
We would also like to present reports about international events or other interesting news from you on our website.
This way we want to show how international, active and ultimately attractive our class is.
The same applies to our social media activities, with which we would like to draw attention to ourselves worldwide, even outside our class.
We look forward to your messages and postings here as well.
Even if sailing is not yet allowed in many places, we hope for your support and that we will soon all meet again on the water.
Lionel Mandell, an infectious disease doctor and a former 2.4mR sailor recently gave a talk on a speakers series at RCYC on Coronavirus.
The YouTube link is below. He asked that it be circulated to the 2.4mR fleet.
The good news is at 1:23 into the presentation when he says we’re ok to race with 100 2.4s.
Canadian News The ice went out on our lake March 31st, which is about two weeks earlier than normal. Hopefully, this is a hint that we will have an extended sailing season this year with the opportunity to do some travelling as we all get our vaccinations. Maybe the Canada US border will reopen so we can race with our fellow Americans.
Our membership renewals are going very well thanks to Brian Robinson, our new Class Secretary, Aaron Wong-Sing, our Treasurer, who did a great job revising our website-based membership renewal system, and to all the members who have renewed their membership for the 2021 – 2022 year. If you haven’t renewed your membership, please go to https://www.canada24mr.com/canadian-class-membership-2021/ and complete the membership registration. This year, we have reduced our Full membership fee from $50.00 to $40.00. We also have an Associate membership category for individuals who are not boat owners but are supporters of the Canadian 2.4mR Class, and an Organization membership for Provincial Sailing Associations, community groups and similar organizations who own one or more boats that their members use jointly.
Congratulations to Able Sail Newfoundland (Matt Debicki) who are now the owners of two 2.4mR Sailboats. They recently bought Paul Tingley’s Halifax 2.4 and Peter Eagar’s older 2.4 (I understand that Peter still owns his newer boat and will be getting the use of a new 2.4 for four years from the Clagett Regatta Foundation). With two boats in Newfoundland our class can claim to be one of the few classes which have boats right across the country. We have boats in all provinces except PEI. I think only the Optimist, Laser, Laser Radial and possibly the club 420 have wider distribution.
If you have recently sold your 2.4mR, we would appreciate you dropping a note to the class secretary at [at][dot] giving us information about the buyer including name, e-mail address, telephone number, hull number and sail number of the boat sold. If you are keeping your personal sail number because you own more than one boat, we will contact the new owner to issue them their own sail number. Of course, we would like to welcome the new owner into the class and provide them with information about regattas, etc. We also maintain a database, including current measurement and buoyancy certificate information on all known boats in Canada. We will amend the ownership information on file.
This is also a reminder that boats with Floatation Certificates dated 2016 or earlier must be re-tested in 2021 in accordance with Class Rule B4. In Victoria, please contact Bruce Millar, Chief Measurer, and in Toronto, contact David Foscarini. In other locations, please contact Bruce Millar to identify acceptable alternative measurers.
International News Congratulations to Bruce Millar for his successful election to the Executive Committee of the International Class. It was a hard-fought election and the various National Class Associations from around the world successfully supported Bruce’s commitment to the class. Also, congratulations to Tim Ripley of the United Sates who was re-acclaimed as class secretary for another year.
The International Class Association is currently without a President with the resignation of Steve Bullmore, however the remainder of the Executive Committee remains intact, so we will be awaiting whether or not there will be an election to fill this position.
Due to the continuing COVID 19 pandemic, the 2021 World Championship in Tonsberg Norway, August 7 – 14 has been cancelled. At this point it is not clear whether the international class will be moving to a virtual Annual General Meeting in lieu of the regular AGM normally held at the World Championships. The 2022 World Championships will be held at Davis Island YC, Tampa Florida November 5 – 12.
Stay healthy and get your vaccination so we can all sail together soon.
Talent will eventually reveal itself. Bruce Millar, a Canadian Paralympics sailor has been working with Edge Sailing on a new jib boom and jib configuration. This month it seemed to hit a new level. Bruce took his modified 2.4 meter with a jib boom out and won the Edge Midwinters. Read More