This weekend in Marblehead we introduced two newbies to the 2.4 meter. Richard G W Boardman and Ric Dexter sailed today with Maureen McKinnon. Sergey Yedrikov, and Doug Trees.
They sailed 5 races and had fun
Yesterday we sailed 5 strong Doug Trees, Sergey, along with Shan McAdoo, John Pratt and Kathy Ryan Breslin. In addition to some great sailing we were visited by some whales who seem interested in joining the fleet.
We are still learning, but the fleet is closing ranks and having fun.

Here is a link to our Google photo album

Thanks to Kathy Whitehair and Dana McT for doing RC.
We are sailing Saturdays and Sundays till Labor Day. If you want to try sailing a 2.4 meter, get in touch.

Marblehead Fleet

The Marblehead fleet finally got out on the water this past weekend (July 18, 19). We have two very different types of sailing for our 5 identical Gavia 2.4 meters.

On Saturdays, we do clinic style short Windward Leeward courses using a government park as the upwind mark. We got 5 races in for our fleet of 5 boats and had 3 different race winners. Thanks to Doug Trees all of the boats are identical and have fresh sails. As this was the first day on the water minor issues forced us to quit after 5 races, all items were easily fixed.

Sunday brought a single around the buoys race started off of the deck of the Corinthian Yacht Club. We had 3 boats on the line, and even with starting behind the Town Classs, we caught a couple of them.

Thanks to Doug Trees for putting the fleet together, Kathy McAdoo Whitehair for awesome one-woman RC and to our sailors.

New sailors included Rick Saunders and Teddy Hitchcock, joining veterans Maureen McKinnon and Sergey Yedrikov.

Here is a link to some great pics

We hope you will join us on the water. We have boats and will find a way to get you sailing.

2020 Davis Island Yacht Club 2.4mr World Championship

Organizers of the 2.4 Meter World Championship Regatta, presented by Davis Island Yacht Club, regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 event, originally scheduled for November 7-13. This difficult decision has been made in line with health and safety recommendations taken by the Government of the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Davis Island Yacht Club is happy to report that in conjunction with help from the Royal Brighton YC and the International 2.4mR Class executive we are working on a new bid document to hold the World Championships in November 2022.
We have made the inevitable decision to cancel the worlds in light of the uncertainty inherent in this pandemic. We have spent the last few months assessing this evolving situation and at all possibilities of rescheduling this event in late 2020 or early 2021 but this proved unworkable. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Club Leadership, Membership, and of course, the 2.4 Meter class and Members. We look forward to welcoming our local, regional, national and international sailors, their families and friends in November 2022 to race in the Worlds at DIYC.

Regatta organizers, the USA 2.4 Meter Class, and the Commodore and the Board of Directors of Davis Island Yacht Club encourages everyone to stay safe and minimize risk by following public health mandates during this global health crisis.

Updates will be published on our Facebook page and official website as information becomes available.

2.4mr 2019 US Nationals diary-Shan McAdoo

2.4 Meter US Nationals Diary
Text Shan McAdoo
Images Fran Burstein

The 2020 International 2.4 Meter worlds are being held in Tampa, FL in November. This combined with the ongoing CanAm Winter Series offered me an opportunity to really dig into this cool little boat, learn lots with an eye towards a big event. The US Nationals were held in Port Charlotte on Dec 13-15, 2019. Weather and tide conditions varied providing challenging racing conditions.

This group of sailors is well practiced and good

My goals for this event were pretty simple, stay put of peoples way, continue getting used to the unique sailing challenges provided by this little boat, have fun and try to learn how to sail the boat consistently.

Day 1 – Pig on Roller Skates
We got three races in. They wind conditions swung through 120 deg and ranged from 3 knots to 10 knots. As I had not sailed the 2.4 competitively in almost a year, I spent the first race just getting used to being in the 2.4. The first race was simply a disaster, the second turned into a light air crap shoot, the third was a solid race.

Highlight of the Day
In race two when the wind died I remembered what my college coach told (yelled at) me. When the wind dies and there is current, get upstream of the competition. In this case it worked dandy, I went from second to seventh to second by tacking and drifting upstream.

Lowlight of the Day
Remember how to sail this boat. Put the bow down and power up. In the 2.4 is a displacement meter boat it grows waterline when listing and sails faster as a result.

Day 2 – Don’t be that guy
Four races today. The breeze again rotated over 100 deg. Tide conditions were very much in play again today.

Highlight of the Day
Finally getting closer with upwind speed. In 10 knots, I can start to hold onto to some of the better programs, keep a lane and get up to the top in good shape.

Lowlight of the Day
When the RC puts up the black flag after a general recall, and there is a 3/4 knot tide pushing you to the line. Don’t be that guy. Why do you think they are all hanging back? Being paranoid about boat speed makes you do stupid things. Try to resist the urge. The only good news is this happened on the first race of the day and takes the pressure off.

If you are that far ahead of the pack, you might be the problem.

Day 3 – Light at the end of the tunnel
The final day of racing got us back out on the water with wind out of yet another quadrant. A bit lighter to start. Reduce the maine sheet to 1:1, set the jib halyard a little higher so we can close the leach.

These things need a rear view camera!!

Highlight of the Day
Finally put a whole race together. Good start, good upwind speed, finally turn corners. I was able to foot through a good sailor and eventually pinch him off. Upwind is starting to feel alright, changing gears feels pretty good.

Lowlight of the Day
How do I sail this boat downwind? I can’t see behind me, and I am losing 10-15 boat lengths against the good programs. Am I sailing in wind shadows? Am I on the wrong board? The tell tales look right and guys around me seem to agree with my choice of gybe. Still need to work on this.

I learned the following items at this event:

• How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice!
• The 2.4 sailors racing in Port Charlotte include a diverse group with lots of talent. They will not hand you anything.
• The 2.4 is a small keelboat and needs to be sailed like one. Powering and de-powering are important at the right times.

I am excited about all of the great sailing opportunities in the 2.4 in 2020 leading up to the World Championship in Tampa (Nov, 2020).