Welcome to Sandy Bay – Marblehead fleet moves to Rockport

Welcome to Rockport
May 1, 2021 – Rockport MA
The Marblehead 2.4 meter fleet is moving to Sandy Bay Yacht Club  in Rockport, MA.  SBYC  generously invited all of our fleet members to join and sail with their existing fleets of Stars, Rhodes 19s, Flying Scots and Bullseyes.
Busy summer day at SBYC
We are thrilled to be sailing out of this club on a partially sheltered body of water in a wonderful location said Shan McAdoo on of the fleet’s founding members. We loved sailing in Marblehead and will be back in Marblehead in July for the Marblehead NOOD, but SBYC offered us a great infrastructure for dry sailing, many days of racing and a group of members who are very excited about the unique aspects of the 2.4 meter.
SBYC runs a great racing calendar in an amazing venue. The race course is a 5 minute sail from the Yacht Club dock.  Sailing in the semi sheltered waters of the bay in the daily sea breeze will make for some wonderful conditions.
Lovely Sandy Bay, a perfect racing venue
The Rockport fleet will be sailing multiple days per week in Sandy Bay. As mentioned, we will be racing Marblehead NOOD on July 22-23 and also attending the Claggett Regatta in Newport in August.
We will have more than 20 racing days this summer and could not be more excited.  We hope our fellow 2.4 meter sailors will come join us.

Nord Du Linges – Canadian Nationals – Sept 10-12, 2021

Folks:

The good people at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Victoria, British Columbia will be hosting the Canadian Nationals in Sept.  Here is a note from the organizers:

Dear Sailors
It’s our pleasure to send out the website link for the 2.4mR Canadian Championships, scheduled for 10-12 September 2021, sailing out of Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC.
The website address is:

2pt4canadians.com

And includes all information including registration for the event, a schedule including practice days, and regatta documents such as the NOR. We encourage everyone to register as soon as possible as this will help with our planning for the event. Regatta fees will not be taken at this time.
With a strong local fleet, excellent facilities at the yacht club, the support of an experienced race committee and the beautiful, world-renowned surroundings, this promises to be the premier North American 2.4 event of the year. We are excited to welcome you to the best coast. If you have any questions please contact us via the link on the website, we will be delighted to support your trip out west.
See you on the water!
Jackie Gay
On behalf of the regatta organising committee

Windy and Wild Finish – CanAm Series Events 4 & 5 Wrap up

CanAm Series Events 4 & 5 – Wrap up – A Wild and Windy Finish
April 4, 2021 – Port Charlotte FL
 By Shan McAdoo, Photos by Fran Burstein
Five days of racing concluded yesterday in Port Charlotte Fl.  CanAm Events 4 and 5  were sailed between March 28 and April 3.
Event 4  March 28-29, 2021
Bluebird Conditions reward the leaders in Event 4
Event 4 was pretty straightforward with great conditions.  Dee Smith built a picket fence of bullets and threw out a 2.  Lone Canadian Bruce Millar continued to make a stong case for a club footed boom and finished second. The podium was rounded put by  US Class president Tony Pocklington.   The remainder of the 13 boat fleet commented on the nice conditions.

Event 5 April 1-3, 2021

Event 5, AKA the US Nationals was a different matter altogether. The 3 day event started with an April Fool’s joke (No wind). The fleet spent hours on the water waiting for breeze only to sail in with 10 knots of air after racing was abandoned for the day. Aeolus is quite the trickster.

Things getting a little “sporty” in event 5

Day 2 dawned with 18 – 24 knots of air. The fleet was “treated” to a nice day of heavy air sailing. There were casualties. Dee Smith broke a mast, others reported near swamping and other issues including broken rudders and rigging.

Keep the boat on its feet and try not to swamp
Day 3 the breeze kept up. The fleet continued to get treated to wet and windy conditions with plenty of opportunties to for racing. In the end the Regatta Committee got 8 good races in. Jeff Linton, a multi class champion and Yachtsman of the year ended up winning event 5 with a great scoreline.  Bruce Millar  finished second, only 2 points behind.  Tony Pocklington rounded out the podium in third.
Newcomer Kathy Ryan rounding a leeward mark in “sporty” conditions
Event 5  also had 13 boats on the line. The sailors seemed enthusiastic about the 2.4 meter and the upcoming events.  The Marblehead fleet is planning a big summer with weekly sailing starting in June, an appearance in the Marblehead NOOD  and of course the Claggett clinic / regatta.
We missed our Canadian friends this winter and hope to have them back on the line next fall as we all gear up for the 2022 World Championships at Davis Island.