The evidence of how life has changed in this pandemic era is ample and hard to ignore. However in Port Charlotte an intrepid group of individuals are working at making life as normal as it can be. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, some crazed Canadians and the US 2.4 meter class association continue to run their 5 event winter series.
While attendance is down a bit, There is a diverse group of sailors competing, experimenting, and learning from the each other, the boat and the venue. Here are some headlines so far:
Varied wind conditions
Reports from the event describe a number of different sailing conditions. Port Charlotte continues to serve up light southerlies, followed by heavy northerlies on a day to day basis, challenging the sailors. After a heavy air day on day one of CanAm Series Event
2, the air lightened up for day two. US Class President Tony Pocklington described the light air of day 2 as follows:
“Pretty light conditions when we got out for a near 1pm start wind was generally from the ESE , 4-7kts for race 1. Race 2 was closer to 4 kts, a shift at the start made port tack interesting enough for several of us to pull it off, the shift came back later and the course was again remarkably well set up. Staying in the pressure was the key to that race until the very end”
Boom Chicka Boom
Bruce Millar, a regular presence in Port Charlotte is experimenting with a new jib configuration using a club foot. He has put a boom along the foot of his jib that he uses to simplify upwind sheeting. Based on early reports and results he appears to be quite competitive with this configuration. While club footed jibs are not new to the 2.4 meter class it is interesting to see one in competition.
While the attendance numbers may be a little off due to Covid, there is no lack of talent racing in Port Charlotte. Dee Smith, Jeff Linton, Bruce Millar, Julio Reguero are among the competitors. Each of these sailors has experience competing at the highest levels off the sport. This level of competition is enough to make any sailor sit up and notice.
Its further proof that the 2.4 Meter offers the most “bang for the buck”. While the Star and Etchells sailors spend 10 times our budget, we still get as many as 20 days of winter sailing in a simple, affordable boat against world class competition. Come join us, there is plenty of sailing and a number of high quality charter boats available now.
More to come with an event wrap up and full results.