President’s Report January 2017

Peter Wood CAN 14

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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.

Meter fest in Newport RI

The 2.4 meter class will be joining the 12 Meter, 8 Meter and 6 Meter classes at the New York Yacht Club’s Meter fest June 9th – 11th in Newport RI. This will be a great opportunity to demonstrate our boats and show the rest of the sailing community what a unique class we are. Mark it on your calendar. For more information contact Ted Green

Buoyancy Certificates

The class rules require that each boat have a current buoyancy certificate. Buoyancy tests are required once every five years and because this is a safety issue the Canadian class will be asking for proof of a current buoyancy certificate when members pay their annual class dues and when members attend National or North American Championships. If your buoyancy certificate has expired please contact Bruce Millar, National Measurer for arrangements to have your boat tested.  A sample buoyancy certificate can be found here.

2017 Class Dues

The membership year for the Canadian 2.4 Meter Class is April 1 – March 31 however for those people who like to pay their dues promptly the website will be accepting dues starting in mid January. The good news is that the annual dues have been reduced from $ 75.00 to $ 50.00 per boat owner. The website address is

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