In late September, NYC will be hosting the 2104 2.4mR World Championship. Over 40 boats will be competing at this event, drawing sailors from countries around the world including Great Britain, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the United States. This is the first time in the history of this annual regatta that it is being held in Canada. Canada is home to the top racers in North America with established fleets based in Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
About 2.4mR Sailors and Boats
The 2.4mR boat is the designated sailboat for one person Paralympic competition. However, the majority of boat owners are abled sailors. Fleet racing is one of the few international competitions where both abled and disabled competitors compete on a level basis, meaning there is no distinction or separate fleets for abled and disabled competitors. They race as an open, very competitive and well sailed fleet. The fleet is comprised of Olympians, sailors who have previously undertaken intensive campaigns in other fleets as well as those who are new to sailing. The boat is technical to sail and offers components of both dingy and keelboat racing.
Why The NYC?
One of the key factors in choosing The National Yacht Club to host this event is the accessibility of the club’s facilities, which is needed in order to accommodate those sailors with disabilities. The NYC is the only fully accessible yacht club in the Greater Toronto Area. Accessibility enhancements to the floating dock area just west of the white crane have been undertaken to further enhance the accessibility of the club’s facilities.
Accommodating Our Guests
The boats will be arriving by shipping containers and trailers the third week of September. The white crane will be used for launch and haulout, though access to the white crane for our drysail members will not be compromised during the regatta. As well, there will be coach boats and support personal boats which will be docked east of the pump out dock.
The Race Committee, Jury and Measurement for this event is comprised of international and local race management professionals. As well, equipment has been secured from Port Credit Yacht Club and Etobicoke Yacht Club. A dedicated on-water Safety team will also be out on the race course daily. Racing will take place south of Ontario Place with two races being held each day.
The schedule for the regatta is as follows:
Friday, September 26th – Measurement
Saturday, September 27th – Registration & Measurement
Sunday, September 28th – Registration & Measurement, Annual General Meeting, Weather Briefing – Ron Bianchi
Monday, September 29th – Practices Races
Tuesday, September 30th – Course Racing
Wednesday, October 1st – Course Racing
Thursday, October 2nd – Course Racing, Regatta Dinner
Friday, October 3rd – Course Racing, Awards and Closing Ceremonies
by Anne Sanderson