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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