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

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Pre Worlds at Davis Island-Jeff Linton wins

Tampa FL 11/7/2021

As the US and Canadian fleets prepare for the 2022 International 2.4 meter worlds, good sailors are getting a head start by “testing” the venue.

Cloudy conditions, sailing on the course close to shore
Heading out for 3 races

Jeff Linton, 2007 Us Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the year almost built a perfect picket fence. He finished the 7 race series in first, followed by Julio Reguero in second and Tony Pocklington in third.

Cloudy and cool sailing

The 12 boat fleet saw a variety of challenging conditions of the 2 day event and some boats got measured and certified for next years worlds.  The hope is to smooth out the process so next years event goes off without a hitch.

Fleet wide support for #BackTheBid and #SailtoLA

Full Results

 

John Seepe – Letter from Warnermunde

John just completed the Para World Championship in Warnermunde Germany. Here are his notes and some pictures
Well, here are some thoughts and reflection on the 2.4mR Para World Championships in Germany. I am going to reflect on what it was like attending my first event of this caliber. Hope it isn’t too long but there is much to go through and share.
To start off with, travel today is something else with vaccinations and tests etc. I don’t know how professional sailors do it as I found it exhausting. The funniest thing was having to remove my artificial leg and watch as it sit for an hour in the X-Ray machine in the Frankfort Airport while they tried to figure it out! IT’S a LEG!!!
The first day was spent getting all the boats checked, sails measured and stamped, and into the water. It was good to be able to meet Keith Gordon and asked a few questions which he was more than happy to educate me on. Really something good to do so I could be a better 2.4 sailor focusing on the One-Design side of things. One of the differences is that when the Europeans order sails they come with a sailmakers certification stamp on them showing they have been checked against the class requirements. Something that I thought we should be pushing for in the US from whatever sail loft we purchase from.
The second day had lighter winds that were shifty and current, particularly the first race which I easily came in last, seemed like there was 10 minutes between me and the next boat. Not a great feeling but hey, only can improve right? I struggled the next race beating our 1 other boat and in the 3rd race beat out 2 boats. Hmm, not great but at least heading in the right direction I guess.
This really caused me to question my being qualified and ready for being out there on the water with all the others. Had some humbling thoughts and moments but nothing like day 2.
Race number 4 was better and the conditions were much more to my liking being heavier winds but not crazy or anything. Finished better and was going through things in my head downwind of the line between races when Bang, I hit a starboard tacking boat, neither of us seeing the other but thinking we were looking out! Luckily it was at an acute angle or things would have been much much worse. Both boats stopped and we separated ourselves both of us thinking we were okay. This was not the case. Torsten Fildebrandt found out during race 5 that he suffered a mast compression at the spreaders which you will see in the pictures. I am still speechless as to his composure and sportsmanship attitude during the whole ordeal. If only I could handle life as he did. My respect for him is huge. He is new to 2.4 sailing and was doing great in his 4th regatta but declined using a loaner mast which was available. This only made me feel worse about the carnage I had caused, … an experience I will be carrying with me and hope to never relive. My damage ended up being a shredded jib which was brand new but now not worthy of racing if repaired. I had to retire for the day as the area was so far out that there was not time to return with another jib. Funny thing is, I was sailing with USA 187 he was sailing GER 187! What are the chances of that?
The next 2 days I fought to learn and develop while enjoying being among others which I never felt worthy of sailing with. They were all very good, both on the water and off. It was intimidating to be competing with so many who don’t speak English but in the end, found it not such a hurdle. Many things helped me through the races, the first being a text from a Russian sailor I still don’t know but after the first day he sent me a picture of me sailing that first day. This really made my evening and brought up my spirits.
For those who know me, I don’t get down that much, but I found myself twisted inside and changing as a person and a sailor. The results were still there but I wanted to learn and become the type of person and sailor that helps the sport as much as anything else. It wasn’t hard to get somewhat overwhelmed when you see the various teams with their support boats and coaches. But hey, I was there and was going to learn darn it!
The best part was getting to meet and know the other sailors. Niko Salomaa was wonderful and get to know as a sailor and friend. It was his boat that I used in the event. Thank you Niko. Also have to thank Rikard for setting up the boat and your inputs. Heiko Kröger can’t be recognized enough for pulling this event together after Norway canceled and then to win it I’m sure just a bit more special. Finally met Megan Pascoe and her dad which Michelle enjoyed spending time with as they spoke English. Megan, please let your dad know just how much it helped Michelle enjoy herself as we were out on the water mixing it up. Antonio Squizzato is something unusual, like me he is missing most of his one leg but he moves around so well without cane etc so maybe I need my follow-up surgery more than I think. Most of all, Antonio is always smiling, not a small or insincere small but a big ol’ stupid (in a good way) grin from ear to ear. The Swedish team was mostly female and dressed like they were going hiking or skiing but look out on the water cause they were there to sail. Always happy and willing to exchange words, I enjoyed them as did my wife. I could go on but for now will leave it here. The people were fantastic and the water wasn’t too cold for those who were worried about such things.
So on top of all I have rambled on about here are some take aways for me. I think if we are seriously wanting to see the 2.4 class become a Paralympic boat that we need to support the events. This is not to make something special about my participating but if I had not gone this would have been a European Championship not a Worlds. My final thoughts are that I will be planning if at all possible to sail in this annual event as long as I can and others will allow. Our sailmakers should be stepping up and stamping their sails. Our boats need to be certified first as International 2.4 then as One Design Class if this is the direction a sailor is pursuing. Right now, we might have a couple in the states but not sure. This will mean that we have to take the time to perform the measurements and turn in the documentation to the International Class (sorry Tony Pocklington – I know this is a ton of work). Let’s see how to best do this.
Being stuck in airports for long layovers and long flights has allowed me too much time to read through tune-up guides for the rig, sails, balance, rules, etc. More time for me going through these things. The marking of my lines will be better then it currently is on my boat when I get back to it. Brian Todd’s words are ringing in my ears about basic drills and skills. To say that I have more than enough to work on is an understatement but the joy I will have doing it will be greater. The Worlds was an event that I intend to use to inspire myself and others, such as you all, to be all we can as individuals, sailors, and future folks in this wonderful sport. Thanks for reading my thoughts and hope they help you know what I experienced and maybe next year we will see you on the starting line in Tampa! Many of these fine sailors will be there for you to meet and get your butts kicked by if that where you are at like I was. Best to each of you determining your course as we get ready for Pre-World and the Winter CanAm Series!