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CanAm Championship Series Returns to South Florida’s West Coast

 

NOR for 2.4 Meter Series Now Available

 

Port Charlotte, Fla. (November 8, 2018) – The U.S. 2.4 Meter Class Association has announced its return to South Florida’s West Coast for the third edition of the class’ CanAm Championship Series which will feature five regattas hosted from the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club (CHYC) in Port Charlotte, Florida.  Well-known as an ideal area in which to escape the winter, Charlotte Harbor has become a favored destination of the 2.4mR class due to the reliable breeze and to the protected waters of the Peace River where races are held.

The 2019 CanAm Championship Series kicks off next month with the six-race 2.4mR North American Championship from December 3-5, 2018, followed later that week by the nine-race 2.4mR U.S. National Championship, December 6-9.  After a break for the holidays, competition resumes in the New Year with the 2019 Edge Sailing Midwinters scheduled for January 25-27, and CanAm #4 from February 22-24, each of which is scheduled to have five races.  The series concludes with the nine-race 2019 CanAm Championship Finale from March 29-31, with the series champion determined from the results of all five regattas after his or her worst score is discarded.  For competitors who do not race in all five events, the scoring will count all events sailed (i.e. they will not drop their worst result).

Reigning 2.4mR U.S. National Champion Dee Smith, of Annapolis, Md., winner of the 2017 2.4mR CanAm Championship Series, has already made his plans to be back in Florida. “The CanAm Championship Series is the best racing you can get in 2.4mR sailing in North America,” said Smith.  “Great race management and fun people. It is tactical, fun racing. I will be back in December!”

 

Sailors from as far away as Norway, San Diego and Seattle, along with a strong contingent of Canadian snow birds, were among the almost two dozen entries in the 2018 championship series.  For many, the opportunity to race regularly and have a break from the winter weather is an irresistible combination.

“Sailing a monthly 2.4mR regatta against great competition in Charlotte Harbor is an ideal winter activity,” said Ottawa’s Peter Wood, President of the Canadian 2.4mR Class, “especially when you need to put on a warm hat, gloves and snow boots just to leave the house.”

Competitors who register for the entire series by November 30, 2018, will have their boat storage from December through March included as a perk.  Details of the regatta schedules, social events, hotels and more may be found in the just published Notice of Race, available here.

 

About the 2.4mR:  The 2.4mR originated in 1983 in Sweden and attained confirmation as an international class less than 10 years later.  Class racing puts the emphasis on the tactical – not physical – skills of the sailor as the single-handed boats are equal under the strict rules that govern the class.  With a length of 13’ 8” and the advantage of being easily transported and stored, this sleek keelboat has gained favor with a wide range of able-bodied sailors and sailors with disabilities (there are 1200 boats worldwide and roughly 200 in the USA alone).  For more information on the class, please visit http://www.canada24mr.com/ or www.us24meter.org/

2019 CanAm 2.4mr Championship

The 2019 2.4mr CanAm series is set to kick off at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club on Dec 4th.

Here is the registration/NOR link

http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/regatta_uploads/17779/CRegattas2018_19CanAmNORpost.pdf

To sign up for individual regattas in lieu of the entire series, or for questions regarding the series, contact Martin Holland at martinh@ldreeves.com, or Tony Pocklington at captiva_24@yahoo.com

Edge Midwinters

The 2018 Edge Midwinters, Regatta #3 of the 2018 CanAm series took place at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club Jan 27,28. Day 1 saw winds of 13-17kt, with gusts to 20+kts. The race committee set up a nice course for 3 races in lumpy conditions with Dee Smith putting 3 1’s on the board, Bruce Millar 2,3,2, and Allan Leibel 3,2,3. Day 2 was forcast to have a lighter breeze, but the fleet saw gusts to 20kt again for 2 races as the wind started to swing around to the south. Dee again showed the fleet how to get it done with 2 more bullets and first place for the regatta, Allan Leibel was 2nd with 13 pts, Bruce Millar 3rd with 19 pts. Peter Eager put the heat on the leaders day 2 and narrowly missed a podium spot with 20 points for 4th place. Thankfully the rain held off until most were done putting the boats away, next up is the Western Hemisphere Championships Feb 20th-23, then CanAm #4 Feb 24,25. A big thanks to the Race committee and all of the volunteers.

Complete results can be seen here Edge Midwinters results , and here for the 2018 CanAm series standings

CanAm 2018 regatta #1 wrap up

December 7th 2017
Dee Smith

 

The first regatta of the second annual CanAm Regatta Series finished yesterday with all six races complete in beautiful, warm Charlotte Harbor, Florida. First day was pretty light 3-6 knots of wind that shifted quite a bit. The current running out of the harbor kept everyone on their toes making lay lines hard to master and leaving passing spots for some.

It was quite a close first beat to the first race as 3 boats rounded overlapped. Bruce Millar made the most of the run on the right side and was able to get a small edge at the leeward mark and carry it to the finish. I had to hold off Peter Eagar at the finish for second. Bruce set the pace by sailing a very nice race all around.

 

The second race, I got off to a good start and lead around the course. Peter Wood sailed a very good race for second place and Bruce followed with third. These races were very light and shifty with the current running left to right on the race course. The wind died at the finish of the second race and we waited around for over an hour before the PRO sent us in.

With only two races sailed the first day the schedule was changed to start early to be able to get in 4 races to complete the series. It was quite light when we sailed out to the course but a nice breeze came in just in time. PRO Roger Strube set up a good course quickly and we were off. My start was another good one and lead around. Bruce was a close second but over stood the second top mark and let Tony Pocklington slide in for second. This gave me another two points over him, which I needed.

The second race of the day was pretty similar, I lead, Bruce second and Charlie Rosenfield had his best race for third. The wind went right in this race and was moving toward a sea breeze direction. With two races left it seemed to be a two boat race Bruce and myself. The next race I started on the wrong side of the line. I won the right side, Bruce won the left side, When we crossed he was well ahead and so was Tony. I did get the third but with Bruce winning, there was only a 2 point gap to second where Bruce sat. No other boat could have passed either of us, so it was all on in the last race.

I was not going to be too far from Bruce at this last start. In fact he left himself open so I push him off the pin side of the starting line. A few times. When I returned to the line I was surprised to see most of the fleet on the right side of the line and giving me the pin to start on port, crossing. That worked out well. Bruce a few boat lengths back could not cross and tacked toward the left. I tacked with him to make sure I stayed with him. Went off to the port layline and ended up rounding with Allan Leibel. And that was pretty much of the series. Allan sailed his best race to win, Second for me, Third for Tony and Bruce fourth.

 

It was a very good two day series. Now we have one day off and we sail the second CanAm regatta, the 3 day US Nationals, which count double… We have a guest joining us from Norway, Bjornar Erikstad. It is always a pleasure to sail against him. This will make it a 19 boat fleet. With a cold front due to come through, there will be much more wind and not the 83 degrees on the course. But the cool 70 degrees is much better than further north….

Final results:

1, USA 7 Dee Smith 10
2, Can 39 Bruce Millar 14
3, Can 8 Allan Leibel 30
4, USA 3 Tony Pocklington 34
5, Can 14 Peter Wood 39
6, Can 22 Peter Eagar 39

2017 2.4mr North Americans wrap up

2.4 mR Open North Americans wrap up by Dee Smith

Pointe Claire, Canada
In early August, Joc, Sully and I headed out of dodge on a road trip to an area we have never been to before.   With a little extra time on our hands, we  were able to take our time to drive North through the beautiful States of PA and NY.  It was a good time to get out of the Annapolis heat and go sail the little boat again, against some very good competition in Canada for the first time.

We crossed the St. Lawrence River and slipped into Canada  and headed towards the Pointe Claire YC, our home Club for the next week of racing.  I can’t thank the members and their staff of this little Club enough as everyone was just so welcoming and helpful.

We were a day earlier than most, and were able to unpack the boat, find our hotel and relax after our long drive. The next day we headed East about 12 miles to Montreal.
What a great City! Tres French and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves wandering around the wonderful architecture of Old Town, and eating delicious French food. I do believe this day was our windiest day of the whole week.

Everyone else showed up over the next couple of days and we were all busy setting up our riggs and prepping.  Then the waiting started.  There was no wind for 3 days, 1 Practice day and 2 racing days. The only practice was putting the boats in and out of the water…  This was a drag as I have never sailed there before, and was hoping to have some local knowledge by now. The area we were sailing in was called Lake St Louis, but it was really a wide part of the St Lawrence River, with plenty of current, wind shears and things that were very hard to pick up on the 2.4mR.
The breeze finally arrived for the last day of the Regatta.  With no start after 2:00 pm, it was a challenge to get the 4 races scheduled in.  The PRO, Madeleine Palfreeman did a great job managing the shifts, as there were many, and ultimately get the 4 races in the time allotted.
The forecast was for the wind to blow from 8-13.  I was a little nervous using my new, untested, light Quantum Main, but decided on using it along with my medium Jib.  As luck would have it the 1st race was lighter than expected, and I had to make do with what I had on board.  I even thought  about going back in, but did not think there was enough time for a sail change.  This race was to be my problem race, finishing 7th, and put me well behind the competitive boats.   To be honest it was not the sails that put me behind but my tactics.  My initial inclination was the right side would be favored upwind because of less current.  On the 2nd beat the wind went 25 degrees left and I completely missed that shift.
I was even more nervous going into the 2nd race, but I was lucky enough that the wind filled in to 13-14 knots which was the sweet spot for my sails and I ultimately took off.  I was really beginning to enjoy sailing my new boat.  I played the right and rounded 2nd on the 1st beat.  Gybed 1st to lead at the leeward mark and sailed away upwind.  At the finish, the fleet was very mixed up and I was fortunate enough to be back up to 2nd place.  Here we go!

The next race, I played the right side again, with a great start, I just did not play it far enough.  Darell Suderman played it perfectly, hitting the lay line with a big right shift.  I still rounded 2nd and the competition was on with Allan Leibel just behind me. On the 2nd beat it all happened.  The right was favored but the wind was still oscillating.  Darell did go too far this time.  Allan grabbed the lead 1/2 way up the beat on a good left shift.  I was trying to play the shifts and not the boats to get very close to Allan while we were approaching the last windward mark.  The last 2 tacks made the difference to give me the inside as we rounded overlapped.  This is when my new Quantum main paid for itself. I gained enough on Allan down the run to have an easy win.  I was not so nervous, now.
Darell and Allan were the 2 top Canadian sailors I knew I had to beat.  They sail so well and are tough in any condition.  I was not sure what the points were going into the last race, sailing a series without throw outs, I knew I was in ok shape, but I had no reason to let up just yet.  A nice conservative race watching Allan and Darell would be the way to go.  I had another good start on the right side of the line and off we all went.  Allan got the lead that I could not cut into.  Darell got stuck on the line.  I followed Allan around the course happy to take a 2nd and I was hopeful I had few enough points to win. It was not till I got to shore that I knew I had it in the bag for the 2nd time.
I think I speak for everyone that we were very pleased with Madeleine’s race management. Getting 4 races off within the time limit on the very last day of racing, was not easy on such a shifty day. The Pointe-Claire YC really put on a great event for the Open North Americans.  Everyone had a great time on and off the water.  Joc, Sully and I are very much looking forward to returning to this area  and hope to soon.
Thanks once again Alain Dubuc.

Copyright © 2017 Dee Smith Yacht Racing, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

2017 Clagett Regatta Wrap up

 

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 25, 2017) –  Another successful year for the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta wrapped up today in Newport, RI.  Fifteen years ago five boats sailed in the inaugural Clagett and over the last three days of competition, twenty one boats have taken part in the clinic day and raced the 10 races.Sailors from Rhode Island, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts andCanada have enjoyed a variety of challenging conditions while racing on Narragansett Bay.  The three Sonars and 18 2.4mR’s had three races on the final day, after waiting ashore under the postponement flag until the breeze started to build from the South West.Rhode Islander Ben Hall took home first in all three of the races for the 2.4mR class and finished in the top 10 overall for the regatta.  Hall, from Bristol RI, commented after racing, ” This is my first Clagett regatta and learned a lot from sailing the boat (the 2.4mR) in the MetreFest recently.  I was sailing in a borrowed boat so I didn’t want to crash so I got out in front to avoid anyone.”Canadian Paul Tingley won the top prize in the larger of the two fleets, the 2.4mR’s.  Tingley, who is no stranger to the Clagett or the 2.4mR boat, won a Bronze medal in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games in the Sonar and decided to come to the 15th Clagett and race the 2.4mR this year.  In the 2008 Paralympics he won the Gold medal in the 2.4mR and has represented Canada at five Paralympic Games.”I love coming to The Clagett and plan on being here racing for many more years to come.  It is the tightest racing has ever been and I had to make every race count.  I’d like to thank Ben Hall for not being here the first day of racing,” said Tingley after the awards ceremony today.Racing at her first ever Clagett regatta in the 2.4mR was Barbara Galinska, from Chicago.  She started sailing the boat in November, prior to that she has steered a Freedom and Sonar out of the Judd Goldman program.  “It was the hardest thing I have ever done and I am hoping to do again very soon,” she remarked after racing wrapped up today.In the Sonar class the three teams left everything on the race course with very close racing and finishes for the entire 10 race series.  After taking home the gold podium place in the Sonar class the team from Y-Knot Sailing, from Lake George,NY couldn’t have been happier with their results. Spencer Raggio, who is mainsheet trimmer on the Y-Knot Sonar commented, “If it wasn’t for the Clagett and the Clagett Boat Grant Program we wouldn’t be here.  The help from everyone to get the Sip and Puff steering system operational has been amazing and to have Dave steer the last two days with the system has been fantastic.  We have had great competition from the other Sonars with really close racing and finishes.  We’d also like to thank Mike Ingham, for his coaching over the last four days, it really helped raise everyone’s game.”Closing the regatta for the 15th year, Clagett President and Co-Founder, Judy McLennan commented, ” We’ve had another successful year and I am thrilled that we have had the chance to have 18 2.4mR sailors on a Clagett start line.  We will be working with the 2.4mR class on expanding the presence through the Clagett Boat Grant Program and we expect to see the 2.4mR as a class at the 2024 Paralympic Games.  We are looking forward to being back in Oyster Bay at OakcliffSailing Center in August with the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Regatta and being able to provide the opportunity for sailors to increase their match racing skills which they can then use in fleet racing.  We’ll see you all back in Newport next June for the 16th Clagett.”The dates for the 2018 Clagett were announced with registration being held on June 20, the clinic June 21 and the regatta June 22-24 and will be held at Sail Newport, located in Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI.

Division: 2.4mR (18 boats)  

PosSailSkipper/Club 12345678910Total
Points
1CAN 99Tingley, Paul/ Halifax, Nova Scotia2[8]3533323226.00
2USA 3Pocklington, Tony/ Ft. Myers, FL6[9]2112149430.00
3USA 175Green II, Ted/ N. Kingston, RI1116[8]8472737.00
4USA 142Rosenfield, Charlie/ Woodstock, CT524366736[9]42.00
5USA 165Evans, Dan/ St. Petersburg, FL735745[19/DSQ]65345.00
6CAN 14Wood, Peter/ Ottawa, Ontario[11]47274594547.00
7CAN 22Eagar, Peter/ Toronto, Ontario456457[19/DSQ]1210659.00
8USA 1Hall, Ben/ Bristol. RI[19/DNC]19/DNC19/DNC19/DNC21211165.00
9USA 118Ripley, Tim/ Randolph, NJ310[19/RET]91091057871.00
10CAN 1DuBuc, Alain/ Montreal, Quebec12613[19/DNS]9148881290.00
11CAN 12Lavallee, Christine/ Gatineau, Quebec13798[14]12913111092.00
12CAN 88Wong Sing, Aaron/ Ottawa, Ontario8[15]10101111615121194.00
13CAN 56Dionne, Serge/ Ottawa, Ontario1012111212131116[19/DNF]15112.00
14CAN 18Kobayashi, Audrey/ Kingston, Ontario91381117[19/RET]19/DNS101413114.00
15CAN 19MacDonald, Siobhan/ Mabou, Nova Scotia1514[19/DSQ]19/DNS131019/DNF111314128.00
16USA 172Dorsett, Julia/ Kennett Square, PA141112[19/DNF]151519/OCS1419/DNF16135.00
17USA 114Galinska, Barbara/ Chicago, IL1616[19/DNF]13161713171519/DNF142.00
18USA 180Whitmer, Carol/ Marlborough, CT[19/DNC]19/DNC19/DNC19/DNC19/DNC161219/DNC19/DNC19/DNC161.00

Division: Sonar (3 boats) 

PosSailSkipper/ClubCrew12345678910Total
Points
Pos
1#Whalen, Dave/ Scotia, NYRaggio, Spencer/Kennedy, Daniel11[4/DSQ]121114/OCS214.001
2USA 807Pierce, Gary/ Valparaiso, IndianaMcClure, Charles/Long, Jeff2212123[4/OCS]1115.002
3USA 810Smith, Duane/ Homestead, FLPingitore, Frank/Bickham, Donoray/Hart, Dawn332333222[4/DNF]23.003

Notes

(2)Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts

Information is Final

Principal Race Officer: Tom Duggan
Jury Chair: Timothea Larr