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International 2.4mR Class Newsletter May 2012


My 2.4 story. By Ingmar (Imma) Björndahl  FIN

Submitted by daughter Annika.


I was on a trip to Skelleftehamn, Sweden with my wife Rauha and Kjell Slotte to collect sails for our Still 525 at Delfin Sails Holmgren. He wanted me to see a small sailing boat called a mini 12 that was designed by Håkan Södergren.

In his boat-house we found a mini 12 built by a Danish builder that Gunnar wanted to trade with my Snipe (snövit). I loved the little boat and the deal was made in a second. I remember Rauha complaining that we have lots of small boats so why keep buying more

I came with the mini 12 to Mustakari sailing pavilion in Kokkola to launch her for the first time. There was too little lead in the keel and we were forced to sail with the main-sail only. The local newspaper was present and the reporter tried the boat herself. She was happy and excited about sailing it alone because it was something she had never done before.

We contacted Håkan Södergren and he invited me and Tom (Tomppa) to come to Stockholm and collect the plug to his mini 12. Within a week we were off to Stockholm to collect the plugs. The plugs were stored behind a shed, there was no one home but we loaded the plugs on our trailer and drove to a local printing shop (as agreed) to pay for the plugs.

The first serial production of mini twelve’s was started. We had built a total of about 125 Södergren boats when we left to mini 12 World Championships in Sarasota, Florida in 1990. There the Södergren design had no chance against the new Norlin MkIII design and we where defeated in every weather condition. This is when I decided to contact Peter Norlin which I did as soon as we came home from Florida.

Peter invited me to come to Älvsjön Exhibition Center in Stockholm during the annual boat-show to meet him. It was a great pleasure to meet Peter and the start to a life long friendship. We went and visited the builder that was building some boats for Peter in a basement and he was happy to see someone take over the production and start to build the fine design in series.

We produced the moulds from a wooden Norlin MkIII built by Hasse Malmsten. These moulds are still used today by Charger Composites to build the Norlin MkIII. In 2006 after building around 400 Norlin MkIII, I retired from boat building and My daughter Annika and her husband Evert continued to build the Norlin MkIII in their company Charger Composites.


World Championship  Update


Dear President and dear sailors ‘you are welcome!!!’

As President of the Organizing Committee of the next World Championship, I want to thank  the International 2.4mR Class Association for giving us the chance of organizing the most important 2.4mr international regatta.

The Organizing Committee is working hard to realize a high quality event. The dedicated website - – is full of information about the town of Porto San Giorgio and of the Region Marche. There is also a link to a rich and up-to-date weather forecast website.

We are promoting the event at Italian and International races. Last week, for instance, we were hosted by Luna Rossa Challenger and the American’s Cup in Venice, Italy. There, we had the possibility to talk about the 2.4mR Class Association and the 2012 World Championship with some of the most important helmsmen in the world sailing on A.C.45 and A.C.72.

We are also promoting the event in the High Junior Schools of the nearby towns for offering the students the chance to know sailing  and watch the World Championship.

According to the programme, we are working on the realization of the 2012 International Village. The village, designed by the architect Giacomo Ortenzi, will be the pulsing heart of the event. There will be a show area, sponsor exhibition stands and food and drink stands of the most important producers of the Region Marche,

The Italian Sailing Federation (Federazione Italiana della Vela, F.I.V.) and its President, Mr Carlo Croce, who stands for the Isaf Presidency, are cooperating with the Organizing Committee to make the event perfect.

We want see you sailing our Adriatic sea!!!

President of the Organizing Commitee of the World Championship, Daniele Malavolta.

The NOR Travel Bus

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The 2.4 bus - first test

The Norwegian bus, run by a couple of members from the Ålesund 2.4mR team, was shown in the last newsletter and was from 30th of April on its first trip to a 4 days sailing event in Stenungsund in Sweden. Distance to travel was 810 km each direction. It was definitely a success, but some possibilities for improvement were detected.

The load this time was four boats, one of lifted up without lead by a rotating craddle fastened to the wall. To take out and put in the lead took some time, to swing up the boat only seconds. There is space enough for another boat on the other wall. Now we discuss if it will be possible to swing up, but not as high as this time to get the right angle, two boats without taking out the lead. That will give heavy weights to handle, but should save a lot of time loading and unloading. Maximum load will then be 5 boats, which will be sufficient for the time beeing, but with an additional trailer four more boats may be transported. There are now 14 boats in our club.


The ride was very pleasant, relaxing and in good company, but only one of us had the driving licence for busses and with only some few km on motorways the trip each direction lasted for 12 hours. That is difficult to change. Just at the entrance to Stenungsund Sailing club harbour there suddenly appeared a bridge where the bus had to drive under a road. The height under it was 3 m and the height of the bus is 3,70 m. We had to park some 200 m from the harbour and needed trailer assistance to transport the boats to the crane. Luckily the boats easily may be pushed from the bus backlift to the trailer, but all moves and obstructions consume time. Hopefully there are few low holes under roads elsewhere.

This time we lived at the hotel together with the other sailors, but this first general rehersal inspired us to start reorganizing the bus interior with five bunks, toilet and a small kitchen, without interrupting the front layout with a double seat for each passenger. The long time challenge seems not to be all practicalities, but ecconomy. Time will show

.Ola Herje NOR 115

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Letter from The President

Imma Bjorndahl's Story

World Championship Update

Travel Bus

 The Ice Has Melted

Sunny Florida

New Zeland Updates

Spar Trim

Cross Country on a Bike

Our Paralympians

About the Builders

Rules Quiz

Canadian Update


Presidents Report

Exciting times for the ICA
In November 2010 the ICA suffered a severe blow when Chapter K in the Class Rule was rejected by the ISAF Committee, which at the same time indicated that two classes in one ICA might be a possibility.   The memorandum decision at 2011 AGM was to administer the 2.4mR open class and one or more one design classes in the same association.  In contact with the ISAF administration the EC designed  a new structure, which in turn and before the decision is effective must  be reflected in a new constitution and lots of new documents, certainly for the OD class(es) but also documents common for the whole ICA.  
The ISAF Committee gave no guidelines .  To put a great amount of work , discussions and decisions into all documents without knowing if the ISAF Committee will approve the new structure is risky business.   The EC has therefore strongly urged the ISAF Committee to deal with the proposed structure - published earlier on the web -; approve it, reject it or at least indicate the main features of a structure that the committee will approve.
We succeeded;  the ISAF Committee discussed the new 2.4mR structure  thoroughly in its meeting April 28th.  We don´t know the result yet, but we have been told that a clarifying letter will arrive.  When that happens and EC decides, it will be distributed to the NCAs and thereafter published on the web.
What is the problem ? - where are the frontlines ?  Any structure of this kind will tell how much the parts - in this case the classes - shall be interwoven and how much they shall be independent from another.   The EC has proposed a relatively interwoven structure.  We know that the ISAF committee want to protect its "property", which is the 2.4mR open class, and at the same time let the OD develop, partly in order to serve organizations that need it.   But under which structure ? ;  common forums ?,  - same or different sail ensign ?, sail together ?,  combined or separate measurement systems ? - etc.  
As soon as the letter arrive, the EC will again dive into the work that has to be done and propose as many documents as possible to the 2012 AGM, inviting the AGM to propose a new Constitution to the ISAF Committee meeting in November 2012.   World Council at AGM can only propose how the ICA shall be constructed and work.  The decision belongs entirely to the "owner", ISAF.
Paul Kragset  , president

FIN  The ICE has melted again


( Editors. Note, Dec 12, 2011, next day ICE)

New season in Finland starts with team Nationals in Tampere 19th-20th of May. By that date ice has melted from the sea and the lakes in Finland. The 2012 season is quite typical with ranking and nationals. This year the Nationals will be held in Kokkola or Gamla Karleby. ( The same place but names in Finnish and Swedish ). The regatta and the arrangements are always good in there and especially as the GSF –sailing club is celebrating its 120th anniversary everybody should consider coming to enjoy the spirit in Kokkola.

A new city in the ranking series will be Turku or Åbo (the same will apply as above). The sailing club is one of the largest clubs in Finland. This year they will arrange the ranking for the first time for us.

Our Olympic represent sailor Niko Salomaa comes from this club

My club in Naantali is very actively training. Every week we have some kind of training and club activity. One of the best and most interesting experiences this year so far has been a lecture of weather behavior. ( We have very peculiar  weather system in here.)  We started the sailing season in Naantali on the 16th of April. The sea temperature was 2 degrees of Celsius. That was cold.

Typically during the weekly trainings we have 7-9 sailors. Who can do better?

There is not so much else to tell now as the season is just about to start.

Best regards,

Pauli Immonen

USA,  Sailing in Sunny Florida


There are winter regattas for the 2.4mR sailor in Florida every year but the 2011-2012 circuit was busier, and better attended, than usual.First up was the Americas Regatta December 2-4 in St. Petersburg with 17 boats competing. Mark Leblanc was first followed by Paul Tingley in second and Allan Leibel third.  With just a couple of days off most of the sailors from St. Petersburg, and a few additions, next made their way to Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda for the Pre-Worlds regatta. The 19 sailors there enjoyed mostly light winds and great hospitality from the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. The winner was Helena Lucas with Paul Tingley in second and Bruce Millar third.  After this regatta the Charlotte Harbor YC generously allowed competitors to store their boats at the Club until after the holidays for the IFDS Worlds across the harbor in Punta Gorda.

Returning to Punta Gorda for the IFDS Worlds in January were 22 competitors who had nice weather, although several days of light wind, the whole week. Disabled World Champion was Damien Seguin with Thierry Schmitter second and Paul Tingley third.  The competitors then packed up and moved to Miami for the 2.4mR class midwinters, which was a good tune up for the Miami OCR, and the OCR itself. With 25 entries the Miami OCR had the biggest fleet of all the regattas and excellent weather continued. In Miami Damien Seguin was first again, with Paul Tingley second and Barend Kol third. Mark Leblanc put two boats between himself and John Ruf, overcoming the deficit he had coming from the IFDS Worlds and winning the US trials for the Paralympics.

Submitted by Charles Rosenfield  USA NCA Secretary.

New Zealand -2.4mR regattas...back to back to back25 January to 5 February 2013

Kiwi Cup 2013

January 25-27
Submitted by:  Kristine Lederis


The Kiwi Cup is a bi-annual three day regatta for sailors with a disability in all Paralympic and Access classes. In 2013 for the first time, this event will be hosted by The Royal Akarana Yacht Club, New Zealand’s home of blue water sailing.  This regatta will also incorporate the Access Class National Championships.

Auckland Anniversary Regatta

Monday January 28th

The Auckland Anniversary Regatta has been a fixture on the NZ race calendar since 1914, and is still one of the largest in the country, with different courses being run from different yacht clubs around the harbour. It has often been called "the biggest one day Regatta in the world" and it is distinctively Auckland. Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club is the home of the 2.4mR for this one day regatta- a Notice Of Race will be available in the coming months.

Sail Auckland- ISAF Grade 1 2013

February 2-5  

Sail Auckland is New Zealand’s only grade 1 regatta for Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes. Again the 2.4mR and Skud 18 will be feature classes of this iconic regatta in the middle of NZ’s summer...  2-5 February 2013 at the Royal Akarana yacht Club.   The preliminary Notice of Race for Sail Auckland will be posted soon on the regatta website and facebook page

The close proximity of these regattas were intentionally scheduled to avoid complicated logistics for boats coming out of town for several events, and to attract international sailors to come get ‘bang for their buck’ in doing both major regattas.

Spar Trim  By Mark Bryan

Starting this article is always a bit fun for me. What is the difference between Spar/Mast trim and / or tune?  Sails are in a constant trim mode, OK.  A Spar is tuned like a fine violin and never adjusted during a performance, yeah right.  A spar should always be in trim mode.  Let’s take a look at all the spar trim possibilities available to the 2.4 sailors.  (I’m not going to have a quiz at the end, read on.)

Halyard Lock or not

A Mainsail halyard lock is usually a good thing because:

  1. Reduces mast compression, a powered up main with full length halyard bends spar.
  2. Mainsail is at max height with lock, good thing.
  3. Allows for a fine tune backstay adjustment, less induced bend

 Excuses to not having a lock

  • They don’t work correctly

  • I like my old system, it’s easy… ( Then why complain about where you finish)

 Forestay adjustable or fixed length


Adjustable, even in small amounts can correct

  • Too much spreader sweep , which will induce a loose head stay

  • Controls head stay sag when spar is in prebend mode

  • Reduces backstay use to control head stay tension

Side stays and spreaders.

  1. Prior to stepping spars pull stays to center of spar and check that length is the same.  Most stays are close in length but this should be done. If you use lowers repeat process.

  2. Marking your step. My method is “Little Red Riding Hood”. Tape measurer at mast aft edge, out of the cockpit, over the coaming, back deck and down to the transom. (8’ 11 ½”) to (9’)   Another way is to have a 90 degree fixture from the stem and make a permanent mark that you can adjust off of.

  3. Put a mark on your hull. A centerline point is priority (on bottom of boat just in front of keel).  Then measure from jib halyard on each side to know your spar is centered.  VERY IMPORTANT.

  4. Uppers stays are set at roughly 16 on the Loos gauge.  Rod rigging is measured on a different gauge.  Lowers stays, call your sail makers as I only use uppers.

Spreader sweep is more critical than most appreciate.

Light air swept aft, to induce lower mast bend

Heavier air swept forward, to lower mainsail power, head stay tighter

Mast ram aft / forward may be used to correct “Poor Spreader Sweep”.

Mast ram or pullers


A solid mast ram (forward and aft) is a consistent, easy device to control mast bent for different conditions.

In light air, system controls mast bend to assist with mainsail shape and can induce head stay sag.

Heavy air good aft positions ram will allow for power low mainsail and tighter head stay.

Stay trough deck fitting, single hole or hole with forward slot.

  • A single hole keeps the stays in constant position.  This allows for fine adjustments with mast ram.

  • Boats with slot lose constant stay positioning.  This in turn doesn’t allow for fine mast adjustments. Stays move forward when ram is adjusted forward.

Stay adjusters (levers or multi purchase blocks)

  • Levers allow for constant stay tension.  This system has advantages.

  • Multi purchase systems allow ease of stay trim; however you may lose the consistent tension of the lever system.

  • Both systems are release downwind.

Mast step (moveable, stationary or sliding)

  • Stationary step allow consistent spar trim, this is a good providing step is properly placed.

  • Moveable step (on contoured track) has advantages.  This system can be adjusted upwind as well as downwind.  Eliminates mast ram as spar is blocked or permanently stationed at deck level.  Takes a very talented eye and preparation to use properly.

  • A sliding step advantages are upwind step is in a constant forward position.  This allow for your fine trim.  Downwind once ram is max. Forward, the mast butt will slide aft allowing the spar tip forward.  Two issues have developed with this system.  The spar butt doesn’t slide forward for upwind (really slow) and second the present hardware used can allow butt out of step (dangerous).

I didn’t explain the use of running backstays because not sure of the legality.  In addition the backstay use may be better suited for a sail maker to write about.

Good Sailing,


Rogers Continental Crossing (on a bicycle) Submitted by Roger Cleworth


Sailing isn't difficult. Just point your boat in the right direction pull the sails in and go. Despite this simpleness, many people say they can't or don't know how to sail, some are even afraid of it. I have taken people out sailing and handed them the tiller or the main sheet which they received very cautiously. “I can't do this”, is typically their first reaction. “I'll tip us over”, or “what happens if...”, usually follows.

I tell my children that can't is a word which handicaps you and is one of the biggest imposters we hold onto for protection. “I can't”, attempts to predict a non-existent future. How do you know you can't? Have you ever got to the end of trying, not the beginning, but the end of trying and stated I can't? Be honest, “I don't want to try any more”, is a better description or even gentler, “ This is not for me”, is even acceptable.

My first 2.4 regatta was in Melbourne, Australia for the 2000 2.4 Meter Worlds. I sank 3 times and came in 65th out of 67 boats. I think it is safe to say I did not know much about sailing 2.4mRs and even less about racing sailboats, but to say I couldn't sail would have been a dramatic, mis-characterization of my ability or anyone’s ability in that regatta.

It's about the goal or expectation you set not about the performance which determines can or can't. If the sails are not up, you are not sailing. Having the boat propelled through the water by the force of the wind against the sails, means you are sailing. If your sails are up and there is wind you are probably sailing. This is a simple and basic explanation of what is going on but it is also the truth. So anyone can sail a boat.

If your goal is to sail in a straight line or go as fast as other sailboats around you, or be relaxed and comfortable when docking or sailing around other boats and you do not accomplish these things you might say you can't sail, but really you only haven't mastered parts of sailing. Remember, anyone can sail.

Last summer I bicycled across the United States. I left a small town near Seattle, Washington and 68 days later dipped my front tire into the Atlantic ocean in Newport, Rhode Island. I pedaled over 3400 miles. This was not a record setter. It was not the fastest anyone has every crossed the continent, or the slowest. I lost track of how many people told me along the way that they could never do that. Typically I would try to refocus them by asking what would happen if they did a little bit every day? Could they cross the country eventually? Most agreed this approach would work for them, Others stubbornly stuck to their denial of any ability to accomplish the cross country feat.

The Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai is a great example of how something which seems huge and overwhelming can be accomplished. At some point, someone said, “Let's build the tallest building in the world”. From that point forward ideas turned into reality and piece by piece, the task was completed. From beginning to end, the project took over 10 years to complete.

In 2005 Paul Tingley, 2010 2.4mR World Champion, started his 2.4mR career. Back then, he was one of the boats you see lagging behind in the regattas. I admire Paul because in three years he went from the back of the fleet to the front of the fleet, winning a Gold Medal at the 2008 Paralympics and in 4 years winning the Open World Championships. Paul's method for this was to focus on a sailing skill and figure out out to do it a best he could. Then he focused on another skill and another and another. His rise to fame did not happen overnight, it was methodically created by his dedication to develop his skill.

No matter what your goal is, taking it apart into pieces can help you accomplish what may seem to be overwhelming. Maybe the thought working on everything at once is what seems overwhelming? How overwhelming does a single task of your goal seem? Who says starting small is not starting smart!


Paul Tingley 

Home Town: Halifax, NS

Home Club: Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron


Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Paul started sailing at the early age of 10 years old, and began his racing career at 25 years. As his skills developed, Paul moved to Victoria BC to join a 3 person Sonar team. The move was a good one, as the team captured the Bronze medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

Paul returned to Halifax in 2005 and has raced the 1 person boat, 2.4 mR, ever since. His success has continued, as he finished 5th at the World Disabled Championships last year.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games, Paul captured the gold medal in the 2.4m sailing event. This was his third performance Paralympic performance. He competed in the Sonar Class at the 2004 Games and captured a bronze medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Paul returned to Halifax in 2005 and has raced the 1 person keelboat, 2.4 mR, ever since. His success has continued, as he won the 2010 Open 2.4mR World. In addition Paul has silver metals at 2011 IFDS Worlds and Silver again at 2012 Miami Olympic Class Regatta.

Paul has qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games in the 2.4mR.

Damien Seguin 
2008 Silver Medalist FRA



Home Town: Gerande, FRANCE

Home Club: SNO Nantes

Born in the mountains of Briançon, Damien started sailing at the early age of 10 years old when his family moved in Guadeloupe, French West Indies. He began his racing career at 15 years in Optimist. Then he sailed on Laser, HC16, Tornado, and he started sailing on 2.4mr in 2002. In this first year on this paralympic boat he won the silver medal in the IFDS world, a very good start !

Damien worked very hard to prepare well the Paralympics games and he captured the Gold medal at the Athens 2004 Paralympics.

From this date Damien won all the biggest events on 2.4mR class. He takes the Silver Medal in the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, and he won 3 times the IFDS wold Championship (2005, 2007 and 2012)

But Damien is not only a great 2.4mR sailor, he sail also on big boat. Last year he takes the 2nd place on the famous Transat Jacques Vabre (crossing the Atlantic Ocean) with his Class40 boat.

Damien has qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games in the 2.4mR.

Mark LeBlanc  USA


Photo credit, Mick Anderson

Mark LeBlanc

Home Town: New Orleans, LA

Home Club: Southern Yacht Club

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mark started sailing at the early age of 9 and began racing at 10 in the Optimist Dinghy. As Mark grew up he sailed multiple different single handed and multi person boats, but found the 2.4mR in 2006.

Although very new to the 2.4mR class Mark tried out for the 2008 US Paralympic Team and fell short of qualify, coming in second place at the trials. Mark continued sailing the 2.4mR with a greater resolve. In July 2011 Mark finished 4th at the Disabled World Championships and then went on to win the US Paralympic Trials in January of 2012.

Mark is representing the USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in the 2.4mR.


Charger Composites Finland.


Charger Composites is founded in 2002 and is owned and operated by Evert and Annika Aartsen.

When Annika’s father Imma Björndahl decided to retire from boat building in 2006 Evert and Annika took over Vene Björndahl and included the operation into their existing company.

Since then the European Norlin MkIII is built by Charger Composites and is now known as the Charger Norlin MkIII.

We build:  The Charger Norlin MkIII

Other things we build: IOD 95 Optimist digny’s, Olso Dingy’s 20 different models of sea kayaks, industrial parts and interior parts for Rally Subaru rally cars

Family sailing: Father in law Imma Björndahl Finnisch champion in many classes 2.4 World Champion in 92, Brother in Law Tom Björndahl Finnish and European champion in several classes and 2.4 World Champion in 99 Evert Aartsen racing 2.4’s for fun only.

Charger Composites has been important for the development of 2.4 class because it has been able to series produce a high quality 2.4 that has been needed for the class to grow besides that Charger has invested a lot of time, money and recourses to help the class develop the Norlin OD rules, and we will continue to support the coolest sailing class in the World as much as we can in the future as well.

North American Sailing Center - USA


The North American Sailing Center was incorporated in 2006.  Owners Jon and Courtenay VanderMolen have been involved in the boat business for more than 20 years.  In 2008 they entered the manufacturing end of the boat business and began building the International Star.  After a strong 3 year run with the Star the company has branched out to build another Olympic Class boat, the 2.4 mR.  The VanderMolen’s acquired Bryant One Designs molds in spring of 2012 and are looking forward to introducing the P2.4 to the market in June.

Located in SW Michigan, on Gull Lake, the VanderMolen’s are avid sailors and Jon currently serves as the Gull Lake Yacht Club’s Commodore, and captain of the local Star fleet.  Jon worked as General Manager of Gull Lake Marine for 15 years before starting North American Sailing Center.  The VanderMolen’s have been active in the Star Class since 1988 and look forward to being active in the 2.4mR class.

Kama Yachts - Poland


KAMA Yachts was established in 1988 in Warsaw by aeronautical engineer Marek Jankowski, who is, together with his family, a keen recreational sailor. Company specializes in design and manufacturing of small sailboats, which according to the company owner give more fun than larger boats. Produced range of sailboats consists of 4 models: Merlin, Delta, Robinson and a 2.4mR design Proton. The main product is Merlin, which is a recreational sailing boat for up to 3 people.Proton is produced since 2006. Presently available boat is a second, improved version of this design and is produced since 2009.Proton was designed to enhance comfort and ergonomics of 2.4mR sailing, while maintaining high performance. Proton demonstrates a unique engineering approach, with relatively wide hull and streamlined keel, rudder and underwater part of hull. Large deck opening and steering pedals’ position adjustment facilitate entering the boat and improve comfort of sailing.

Best regards,Kamil Jankowski

Rules Answer

Peter Wilson answer to a difficult situation

ANSWER:  My answer is NO.  Clearly rule 18.3 applies.  However, the tracks of the boats’ suggest that it is yellow’s own course alterations and not blue’s tack that causes yellow to sail above close-hauled.  When yellow alters down to a course where she would become overlapped to leeward of blue, 18.3(b) would apply and she would be entitled to ‘mark-room’ once overlapped.  However when yellow decides not to pass between blue and the mark, she has put herself in a position that forces her to sail above close-hauled to avoid hitting blue and breaking rule 12.   Therefore blue has not broken 18.3(a).  Further, yellow has destroyed any evidence that may have proven that blue broke 18.3(a) if yellow had sailed a direct course to the mark from position 1. 

Canadian Update Spring 2012

The 2.4mR sailing season started early in January with members from the Provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia travelling south to participate in the IFDS World Championships, which were held in Port Charlotte, Florida.  They then travelled to the east coast of Florida to attend Miami OCR.

Our existing local fleets are thriving and we have welcomed some new boat owners as well!  So get out your GPS, atlas or road map and follow this west to east travelogue for a brief update of Canada’s 2.4mR sailors.

British Columbia: Boat owners from Alberta and Manitoba joined the fleet in British Columbia and took advantage of the open water on the west coast for 3 training clinics.  Royal Victoria Yacht Club hosted the clinics which were run by Peter McDougall of the Alberta Sailing Association.   On average there were four to six boats, great practicing and coaching and welcomed boat handling experience.  

Congratulations to local sailor Jackie McRoberts, who has been elected to the Canadian Sailing Team – Development Team!  We expect to Jackie at a number of events in Canada and the States this summer.

The Alberta Sailing Association has 2 boats that are in regular use which are kept at the Calgary Yacht Club, which is located on the east side of Chestemere Lake.  The program is managed by Peter McDougall, who is kept quite busy, not just coaching and managing the able sail program, but transporting the boats from Province to Province.  This summer, Peter has one locally planned regatta and will then take the boats to several others being held throughout the Province.  He will also be encouraging and helping the neighbouring Province of Saskatchewan in developing their program.

For a Province relatively new to the 2.4mR scene, they have embraced this wonderful fleet with open arms.  As mentioned in the previous newsletter, Doris Peloquin, new to the fleet last year, attended the 2011 North Americans as her first major 2.4mR event and enjoyed it so much, that she ventured south in January to compete at the 2012 IFDS World Championship in Port Charlotte, Florida.  

We are all aware of the important role that our coaches play in the development of our athletes.  Sail Manitoba’s coach, Brigitte Smutny was recently recognized for her contribution to the sport. This past winter, she was awarded the Sport Manitoba Female Coach of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals for their considerable efforts and successes and is awarded annually by Sport Manitoba. As well, Brigitte was awarded the Vince Leah Memorial Award, which recognizes and celebrates the best of coaching in the Province of Manitoba.  Congratulations Brigitte on these well deserved awards!

And, (not related to competitive sailing), for those of you who watch CBC (Canada’s National TV station), yes, you did see Brigitte, in April, on the news.  She was partaking in “Learn to Land” a course offered to those who have a partner or spouse who fly planes.  Brigitte’s boyfriend is pilot and the course taught her how to land a plane in the event that there was an in-air emergency.  Definitely, a busy person!

Ottawa, Ontario:
Winning the award for the most well travelled of all the fleets in Canada, our Ottawa fleet grew again this winter with the welcomed addition of new boat owner Katie Paialunga.  Katie is relatively new to sailing, having previously sailed Martin 16’s.  She is not, however, new to competition!  During the winter months, Katie is a competitive paralympic curler, whose team placed third at the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships.  When not on open or frozen water, Katie is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre.  Welcome Katie!

The 2012 Canadian Championship Regatta will be held on August 25th and August 26th and will be hosted by the Nepean Sailing Club (NSC).  NSC hosted last year’s successful Canadian Championship Regatta, with boats competing from the States and Canada and we are expecting a good turnout at this year’s event.  NSC is handicap accessible, has crane launching facilities and lots of space for trailers, cars and trucks.  As information becomes available it will be posted on the Canadian 2.4mR Fleet website (see below).

The Ottawa Fleet will once again pack their bags and boats and begin their travels in the not too distance future to compete at a number of regattas in both Canada and the States.  

Kincardine, Ontario:
Not only is our Ottawa fleet growing, there is now a new fleet on Lake Huron! Based at the Kincardine Yacht Club, we welcome new boat owners Brad Chalmers, Barry Collins and Allison Hooper.  All are long time sailors and racers who are looking forward to getting out on the water and racing this wonderful boat.  Hopefully they will be joining the Toronto fleet for some racing later in the season.

Toronto, Ontario:

With the warmer and earlier than usual Spring, the Toronto fleet enjoyed some pre-season sailing.  Based at the National Yacht Club, they were able to launch and sail well before the bigger keelboats.  They will be participating in club racing on Thursday evenings at the National Yacht Club. As well, the fleet will be networking with area sailors who have expressed an interest in going for a trial sail, and look to increase the membership of this competitive fleet.

Montreal, Quebec:

There are three boats in the Montreal area, one owned by Eric Poirier and one owned by the AQVA (the Province of Quebec’s Adaptive Sailing Program).  Toby Bryant, a very competitive shark sailboat owner, volunteers his time to run this relatively new program.  The schedule for this fleet was not available at press time, but when it becomes available it will be posted on our website.  The third boat is owned by Scott Lutes, who is currently on leave from the 2.4mR fleet and is part of the crew of Bruce Millar’s Olympic Sonar campaign (see below for more information).

Nova Scotia:
Our roaming Olympian, Paul Tingly, is currently in Europe, fine tuning his skills for the upcoming Olympics (see below for more information).  We wish him all the best !!

And finally, last but certainly not least, it truly has arrived.  Yes, the Canadian fleet has a website!  A big thankyou to Scott Lutes for his time and efforts in make all of this happen. It is a minimal shell at the moment, but some of the events that the various fleets will be participating in are listed.  Regatta reporting will be a priority this summer, with the website being updated with information from our local fleets. .  Please note that our sailors will be competing at the Clagett Regatta, the North American Challenge Cup and other regattas held in the States.  For more information, please check the US fleet website.

Weymouth, 2012 Olympics:
Two of our 2.4mR boat owners have taken a hiatus from the fleet to train for the 2012 Olympics – but not in a 2.4mR!  Bruce Millar and Scott Lutes have teamed up and will be racing in a Sonar, skippered by Bruce.  The third member of the team, bringing lots of enthusiasm, a stellar fitness program (and a new hair style) from the Province of Saskatchewan, is Logan Campbell.  

Bruce has been sailing since childhood and has been competitive in both dingy and keelboat fleets.  He is a selected member of the Canadian Sailing Team – Podium Team and the President of the Canadian 2.4mR Class Association.  Scott also has considerable sailing experience and is a member of the Canadian Sailing Team – Development Team.  Logan Campbell, also a member of the Canadian Sailing Team – Development Team joined Bruce and Scott last year to qualify in the Sonar fleet for the 2012 Olympics.  They trained in Victoria, British Columbia last fall and then relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida to train during the winter months.  The team will be competing in a number of regattas in Europe this spring and will continue training in Canada and Europe during the summer in preparation for some stiff competition at this year’s Olympics.  We wish them all the best and look forward to welcoming Bruce, Scott and hopefully Logan, back to the fleet upon completion of the Olympics.

As mentioned earlier, Paul Tingley is currently in Europe undertaking an aggressive training program with the intent of repeating the medal success that he achieved at the 2008 Olympics.  The 2.4mR fleet is very competitive and based on the competition Paul encountered at the 2012 IFDS World Championship in Port Charlotte, Florida and at the 2012 Miami OCR, he knows that the competitor’s at this year’s Olympics will test the hard work and dedication that he has put into this sport.

Well, we hope you enjoyed this very quick travel across our fair country.  Fair winds to all and best wishes for an enjoyable summer of sailing!