As some of you may be aware the 2.4mR sailboat is more than just the boat used for single handed sailing in the Paralympics. Although the boat itself is small and perhaps not as fancy as some of the other more flashy racing boats, it is a very technical and competitive sailboat. A very popular racing boat for abled sailors, there are well, developed fleets throughout Europe and it can be found competing on both the ocean and inland lakes.
Tucked away in a corner of the drysail yard, you will find NYC’s 2.4mR fleet. These members are well travelled in terms of competition outside of Canada and are known amongst their European peers as being very competitive sailors.
Next year, in September, the National Yacht Club will be hosting the 2.4mR World Championship Regatta. We are expecting some 60 boats in attendance from both the northern and southern hemisphere. The fleet will be comprised of both able and disabled sailors and will race as an open fleet – meaning no separate fleets for able and disabled sailors – something not found in most sports!
Our NYC fleet has an active weekend regatta schedule throughout the season and can be found racing Thursday nights as part of NYC’s midweek racing program. Their annual Canadian Championship Regatta was held recently and is summarized below.
2013 2.4mR Canadian Championship Regatta
This year’s regatta travelled to La Belle Province and was hosted by Pointe Claire Yacht Club (PCYC), Pointe Claire (Montreal), Quebec the weekend of June 1st-June 2nd. PCYC is located in the village of Pointe Claire, on Lake St. Louis, a lake that is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The club has three 2.4mRs and is looking to grow its fleet.
Representation from Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Nepean Sailing Club, Kingston Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Woodstock, Connecticut and Randolph, New Jersey, totaling 14 boat owners, competed at this event.
Race conditions were quite variable throughout the weekend. Race Officer Madeleine Palfreeman was presented with challenging conditions on Saturday, June 1st. It was an extremely hot and humid day with very light and shifty winds. After numerous delays, Race Officer Madeleine was able to provide the fleet with two good light air races. The conditions deteriorated as the afternoon progressed and the fleet was sent back to shore.
The Canadian 2.4mR Class Association AGM was held on the waterside large veranda of PCYC and there were good discussions regarding the upcoming Worlds, the state of the various fleets across Canada and the need for boat inventory. Later Saturday evening, a dinner was held at a local pub and provided a welcomed opportunity for everyone to relax and get caught up on their respective plans for the reminder of the season. The forecasted thunderstorms arrived Saturday evening which brought cool temperatures and more stable weather for Sunday.
Sunday started with light winds that gradually built as the day progressed, resulting in a beautiful day of racing! Race Officer Madeleine was able to complete three good races which allowed for a drop in the final scoring.
There was a three way tie for first place between Jerry Wendt, John Finch and Bruce Millar. Once the rules of tie-breaking were applied Bruce Millar was declared the winner of the regatta with John Finch placing second and Jerry Wendt placing third. The overall scores are summarized below.
2013 2.4mR Canadian Championships- FINAL
Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 14, Scoring system: Appendix A
Fleet tradition is to have the awards presented at the drysail crane and this event was no different. Speeches were made, thank you’s expressed and awards were presented. A fleet photo was taken to conclude a fabulous regatta and weekend.
Jerry Wendt – Third Place
John Finch – Second Place
Bruce Millar – Regatta Champion
The fleet will gather again in September for the North American Championship Regatta, which is being hosted by the National Yacht Club. This regatta is shared with the US 2.4mR Fleet and alternates annually between the two countries. It is Canada’s turn this year to host the event and we are expecting boats from across Canada as well as the eastern United States. Additional information about this event will be provided later this season. If you have questions or would like more information about the fleet drop by the drysail yard on Thursday evenings or contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.