2019 CanAm Championship Series Draws 20 2.4mR Competitors Smith Takes National and North American Titles in Back-to-Back Regattas Port Charlotte, Fla. (December 13, 2018) – While most of the U.S.A. was getting smacked by an early taste of wintry weather and unseasonably cold temperatures, the conditions were more than ideal for sailors in the 2.4 Meter class as they kicked off the 2019 CanAm Championship Series at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club (CHYC) in Port Charlotte, Florida. With at least nine competitors from Canada, two from the Virgin Islands, one from Norway, and Americans coming from as far as Seattle and San Diego, a fleet of 20 started the championship series with back-to-back regattas on the Peace River. Read more here 24MSeries_NAsNatls
The 2018 US 2.4mr Nationals were hosted by the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club December 7- December 9. This event was also regatta #2 of the 2019 2.4mr CanAm Championship series. Racing Friday started under sunny skies and an 8 mph breeze from the ENE. Race Committee handled the shifty, diminishing breeze and managed to get 4 races completed. Dee Smith finished day 1 in first(2,1,1,<4>), Tony Pocklington second(5,5,4,2), and Bruce Millar third (1,2,5,<9>). Day 2 produced similar conditions, diminishing breeze, though from the ESE shifting to the SE as the day progressed. 3 races were completed, a fourth race was abandoned as the wind died. Close racing under sunny skies with big oscillations presented opportunities for all. After day 2 racing the leaders were Dee Smith(2,2,1) 1st, Bruce Millar(1,6,6)2nd, Tony Pocklington(6,<9>,2)T 3rd, Bjornar Erickstad(4,4,3)T 3rd . Day 3 was not meant to be as a cold front pushed its way into the area with lightning and gusts up to 35kts. First place went to Dee Smith with 9 pts, Bruce Millar finished second with 21 pts, and Tony Pocklington taking the tiebreaker for third with 24 pts. Final results are available here http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17779#_newsroom+results
The 2018 2.4mr North Americans were hosted by the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Port Charlotte Florida. Tuesday Dec 4 saw 3 races completed in shifty light winds out of the N. Dee Smith led at days end with 5 pts (2,2,1). Bruce Millar finished the day second with 6 pts(1,3,2), and Peter Eager third with 13 pts(5,4,4). Day 2 the breeze increased to 12-15 kts from the NNE. The start area presented a challenging chop that diminished near the top of the course. 3 races were completed with Dee smith emerging as the overall winner with 7 pts (1,1,<3>). Bjorar Erickstad moved up to second with 12 pts (3,3,2), and Allan Leibel rounded out the podium in a tie for third with Bruce Millar with 15 pts. Allan took the tiebreaker finishing the regatta with a 2,2,1. Complete results can be seen at this link http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17779#_newsroom+results
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/
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.
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….
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
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.