US 2.4 Meter Blog

Welcome to Rockport – 2.4 meter invitational preview

Winters over…
The Clagett regatta is a great event, but the height of hospitality for summer sailing will be in Rockport, MA this summer. As a part of your registration fee here are some great reasons to join us on July 8-10:
  • Friday tune up clinic
  • Friday night off site dinner (sponsored by CAC Racing and North Shore Adaptive Sailing)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Beer sponsor (Thanks Rockport Brewing Co. Rockport Brewing Company )
  • Saturday night on site dinner
  • Fantastic venue
We will get 6-9 races on amazing Sandy Bay.  If you need long term storage or anything else, reach out. We want you in Rockport this summer
If you have not registered, sign up here: Register Here

Winter Series Finale – Can Am 4&5 – US Nationals

March 28- April 2, 2022 – Port Charlotte FL.
Text by Shan McAdoo
Photos by Tina Weida
With 25 boats on the line for CanAm 5, winter sailing was back with a vengeance in Port Charlotte.  The US – Canada border reopened and our friends from North of the border showed up in force.

Can Am 4

The Can Am 4, a two day series started with light air, but then built over the 2 day series.  After 6 races, Dee Smith emerged victorious followed by Bruce Millar and Allen Liebel. in a 22 boat fleet.  This series was a perfect warmup for the next 3 days of sailing.

Can Am 5 (US Nationals)

This event started out with a howling 25 knot breeze. of the 25 entries 7 sailed the first day. The fleet showed up en-mass for days 2 and 3 of this event. There was a strong mix of Canadians, Americans, new fleet members and experienced sailors. In the end  Canadian Bruce Millar won Can Am 5, followed by Jeff Linton and Allen Liebel bested the 25 entries.
Jeff Linton was crowned US National champion as the top finishing US boat in the fleet followed by Dee Smith and Tony Pocklington

Can Am Series

These events rounded out the winter long Can Am Series. While the early part of the series was hampered by a lack of Canadian competitors, there was no lack of rivalry for the the podium. In the end Dee Smith won, followed by Tony Pocklington and Rudy Trejo.

A Newcomers Perspective

As always the 2.4 meter class, and the folks in Port Charlotte are always welcoming new sailors.  Ric Dexter jumped off his J-105 and into a charter 2.4 meter. Here is what he had to say:
” Very competitive and high quality racing.  Club, racers and race committee extremely welcoming, friendly and professional.  Competitors were extra helpful to newbies, lots of tips and tricks shared making event fun for all.
Fleet is well behaved making it very comfortable with tight quarter racing.
My second year, big improvement every day for me personally.”

Links to Results

Upcoming Schedule

The fleet moves north for the Summer. There are no less than 5 great events planned in the US for this summer as well as several in Canada. The upcoming schedule includes:

  • Spring Invitational – Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford Maryland – April 30, 2022
  • Claggett Clinic & Regatta – Sail Newport, Newport, RI  – June 21, 2022
  • SBYC invite – Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA – July 8, 2022
  • US Disabled Nationals Independance Cup – Goldman Sailing,  Chicago, IL August 4, 2022

Check the events calendar on our home page for complete details.

CanAm 3 – Edge Midwinters wrap up

Feb 21, 2022
Story by John Seepe
Photos by Tina Weida

Wow, CanAm #3 Regatta (Edge Mid-Winter), at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club over this last weekend (Feb 19 & 20) did not disappoint!     We finally got out some of the North American top 2.4mR sailors.    Sailors from British Columbia, Seattle, Toronto, Massachusetts, and down the East Coast coming together for the best gathering since the 2020 CanAm Series.   So good to see familiar faces and some new ones.

Fast upwind at Can Am 3 – Edge Midwinters
Upwind and downwind at Can Am 3 / Edge Midwinters

Winds were good, starting off light and shifty, with our first two races being really the worst in that regard, but the rest got better and better.     The shifts were significant enough that we actually had a reaching leg and a downwind leg that turned into a reaching leg.     Sailors just had to work things out and figure their lines going all out for the win.

Two boats competed that were rigged with a Jib Boom versus the normal free-floating jib.    Each found themselves competitive among the standard boats with one being sailed for the first time by a Clagett Boat Grant recipient.    Two Clagett Boats competed in this regatta.

Bruce Millar makes the Jib Boom look good in Port Charlotte

The last day in the Regatta, started off with a larger sailboat running aground, mid-channel, blocking the harbor entrance so the fleet’s start was a few minutes late as each sailor had to sneak by the grounded boat to reach clear water.     By the last race, all the boats were closely matched with all the boats finishing 5 legs within a few minutes of each other.

Sailors faced broken pumps, backstays, and steering so maybe more focus will be placed upon boat maintenance etc.    Some of the competitor’s boat had not been sailed since before the lockdowns so it was awesome to see things returning to normal as more Canadians joined in this event.

Heading to the Leeward gate in Port Charlotte

Even if you didn’t take away any of the prizes you walked away with friendships and maybe a few lessons on what to do or not do in the next races.    1st place went to Dee Smith from Annapolis, 2nd Place Allan Leibel from Toronto, and 3rd Place to Bruce Millar from Victoria, British Columbia with 15 boats on the water!     Got some time on your hands?   Look these guys up on Google and you are competing against some solid sailors, but they are happy to share their knowledge with everyone.

Dee Smith Bio

Allen Leibel Bio

Bruce Millar Bio

The last 2 Regattas in the CanAm Series are at the end of March and should be quite interesting events.   Should have over 20 top sailors battling it out on the water.   If you want to get out in an exciting boat with a friendly fleet where the great sailors are not afraid to answer questions and train up the newer less experienced sailors, then this is the fleet.

Looking for a boat to sail competitively?   Something small needing only one person?    Something inexpensive to campaign?    A sailboat that is easy to tow and which is fun?   One that sails like an America’s Cup boat (non-foiling that is!).    Come check us out and see about getting yourself into one of these to test out.    All are welcome, but this is not a starter boat so must at least know how to sail before jumping into one.    See you on the water in Port Charlotte!

Clagett Regatta

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club

Complete Results

Game On in Port Charlotte

Game On in Port Charlotte

Text by John Seepe

Photos Tina Weida and Fran Nasher

January 31, 2022

The largest gathering of 2.4mR sailors just occurred in “sunny” Florida during the CanAm #1 and CanAm #2 Regattas.     18 boats were battling it out on the starting line with some new faces among the regular fleet members.

The new faces had their hands full learning the boats and were warmly received by all.    Sailors and observers commented how the fleet members and club volunteers worked together making boats faster and getting individuals on the course.    It was good to have the volunteers, staff, and friends/family working together to make these events be the best possible.

On the water the competition was there, and winds cooperated to get 5 races in CanAm #1 and 7 races in CanAM #2.    The race committee set marks and set up the courses to provide good opportunities for testing the sailor’s skills.     It was very apparent during the last race of CanAm #2 that the fleet was already getting much tighter as all the boats were significantly closer at the end of 4 legs then when CanAm #1 began.     Only hiccup was the last day had winds that prevented the fleet from going out, but hey, there was wind!

No one dropped out due to sickness or injury between the 2 regattas and we are hoping this trend continues throughout the remainder of the CanAm Series.    We saw older boats being brought back to competition levels and even saw Gene Hinkle come out enjoying his first 2.4mR competition in 12 to 15 years.    We had three sailors from the Rockport Fleet, three sailors from Canada, and for CanAm #2 had Julio Reguero from Puerto Rico sail.

Our next CanAm Series regatta is Edge Midwinter CanAm #3 on February 19th and 20th.   We hope to see some more of our fleet from Canada make this event that struggled to make the first regattas.    Sailors are working on their skills, knowledge, and boats to make themselves more ready for the coming events.

The excitement is continuing to build, and the boats were closely considered by some who saw them for the first time which we hope to see getting into a boat racing soon.    If you are one of these or know of anyone interested in testing out a 2.4mR let the fleet know and we will gladly et up a time to make it happen.  Photos are posted on the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club facebook page, and the fleet is fortunate to have these to share due to our photographers, Fran and Tina.    Thank you to all those who gave of their time and efforts from the club.

https://www.facebook.com/CharlotteHarborYachtClub

Let’s make 2022 a fantastic year for the fleets as we ready ourselves for the World’s in Davis Island this November.     If you haven’t scheduled these Regattas, get them on your calendar after registering online.    Too many sailors waited till the day of the CanAm #1 to register making it just that much more difficult to plan and execute.    If you need housing help, let the fleet know but do not let this stop you from participating.    Lastly, join the US Class association (link on us24meter.org homepage) for 2022 keeping them healthy and able to function.

US Fleet annual meeting will be in March during the last regattas.

There are still a limited number of rash guard shirts available through John Seepe for this CanAM Series.

Link to the Regatta Series is https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/23464#_registration+reg

 

Can Am 1 Results

Can Am 2 Results

 

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Davis Island Yacht Club and Tampa – An Amazing venue for a World Championship

Nov 11, 2021

Davis Island Yacht Club and Tampa Florida are going to put on a great event in 2022. The venue was highlighted during the recent Pre Worlds event. The venue highlights include:

  • Great shoreside facilities with ample space and hoists for a large fleet
  • Great host city with ample dining and housing choices
  • Short sail from the club to the race  course

Missy Weiner was on hand at the Pre Worlds event to take pictures. Here is a small sampling:

Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa Florida – site of the 2022 International 2.4 meter Worlds
Jay Corcoran shaking off the Covid rust
Mark rounding with Jeff Linton, Julio Reguero, Tony Pocklington, John Seepe
Upwind Action in glorious sunshine with a lovely background
Rick Noonan sailing upwind

Below is a link to Missy’s album of the event

Click here