International 2.4mR Newsletter - June 2014

Edited by Jackie Gay


Executive Report: 2.4mR One Design Rule

by Bruce Millar, Class President

For your Executive team this was our big project for 2014 - to create, consult with our sailors/owners and vote upon the new set of class rules for the One Design. The task - inevitably - took longer than I anticipated, however overall the process, led by Stellan Berlin and the Technical Committed, was thorough and considered. We received lots of input and the team input many hours of work reviewing and incorporating the feedback received. I was pleasantly surprised by the wide participation of people worldwide - the sign of a healthy debate and class. We hope that this participation continues with everything we do.

The proposed new rule was approved with overwhelming majority and we happy to put the matter to rest now that the rule is complete.

The rules can be found here:

The Executive will now move on and focus on 2.4mR issues and preparing for the AGM to be held at the Open Worlds in Toronto in September/October.

Next winter we will focus on cleaning up the 2.4mR rules and working with some of the ideas that came out through the recent process. 

I will now be concentrating on the business side of the One Design rule: manufacturers, paperwork trails and certification. It will be up to each country to measure and certify boats. As a boat owner you have the option of getting one design certification. If you don't have a 2.4mR class association in your country then you need to seek out help - from neighbouring countries perhaps, or at World Championships. 

Please check the NOR for regulations at the Halifax IFDS Worlds - during this implementation phase it will be allowed that boats can EITHER be measured to Section K OR One Design certified. 

At the Open Worlds there will be an option to state that your boat is measured to the One Design rule.

Happy summer sailing


Toronto Open Worlds 

Registration is now open for the 2014 Open World Championships in Toronto, Canada, September 26th - October 3rd

This will be the first time the 2.4mR World Championships are held in Canada and we are looking forward to hosting sailors from around the world at the National Yacht Club, located on the shores of Lake Ontario near the heart of city.

The club is fully accessible for sailors with disabilities. It has an upper level restaurant/bar and outdoor eating area with elevator access.

Toronto is one of the most diverse, cosmopolitan cities in the world. It has an array of attractions and a rich cultural life.  From dining, the arts, sports, leisure, and entertainment there is something for everyone - so make it a holiday and bring the family! 

Racing will take place on Lake Ontario. This freshwater lake is the 14th largest in the world. It is 311 km long and up to 85 km wide. There are no tidal forces. In September the average lake temperature is about 18 degrees C with average wind speeds in September/October of around 10 knots - making one of the best times to sail. The yacht club offers direct access to the lake as you sail to the racecourse area. The racing area is unlimited and can be adjusted for any size of fleet.

The NOR and schedule are published on the website and some of the World's top sailors are already entered. Come and join us!


Stop Press! New International 2.4mR website!

Thanks to Nisse West - who has undertaken a complete redesign - we have an updated version of our website.

Check it out at:

We have tried to retain the strengths of the old platform and retain its core elements whilst making the site simpler, more streamlined, quicker and easier to use. 

This is a work in progress and we have plans to build-in links to social media, enable people to submit photos and video and have links to major events in our regatta calendar. 

Nisse will deal with updates and post the latest from the 2.4mR world in the 'News' section.

Thanks Nisse!

Two hotly contested events in Europe:
Hyéres 2014

By Heiko Kroger

Compared to the last World Cup regattas in Hyéres this was a great event. We had very experienced volunteers, good docking space, an expert race officer and great sailing conditions. The fleet was strong and the competition at a very high level.
I was tied on the first day with Damien and this continued all week with the two of us tied in points after 9 races. Megan also gave a great performance over the week so it was always close between us three. The last race would determine the winner. Both of Damien and myself headed for the left side, very close, with Damien leading by one boat-length on the first two leg. During the second upwind the wind began to oscillate and I was able to catch a shift to cross his bow. I was leading at the last top-mark by 10 metres and on the last downwind had to jibe early to get fresh air. Damien hit the right hand side where the stronger winds were while I took the direct route to the finish. 20 metres before the finish-line he was 5 metres behind. I got stuck in some waves made by some ribs while Damien had some good waves from behind. For spectators and nervous coaches it was impossible to tell who was in front. However I managed to cross the line one metre ahead and won the 2014 Hyéres World Cup. Megan finished third overall.


Sail for Gold 2014

By Martin Whittingham-Jones

 In June the British 2.4 fleet congregated at the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy for this years Sail for Gold regatta : part of the Eurosaf circuit.

Thirteen brave souls raced in always breezy and some times down right rough conditions. With four races scheduled for Wednesday, our race officer called it off after 2pm, just as 28 + knots of wind was recorded . Pumps were breaking, batteries going flat and it became a gamble - do I surf on down wind and very likely sink and lose the rest of the day - or shall I sacrifice my position, spin out and try and pump out. My Velocitek indicated 9 knots.

14 races nearly wiped me out - but what great conditions what a great location, great race management and great facilities ashore. Any time you get a chance to sail at Portland either in the National Rankers or S4G - grab it.

We were sharing the course with the 470s and the Sonars and we were last off. As the Sonar approached their gun, the 2.4 fleet closed in on their heels like a pack of terriers. Fingers were poised over the "start" countdown button then there was a mad dash to spot in the committee end of the line and then a mad dash down to the pin end to spot that. New behavioral traits - 2.4 sailors are now button pushers. In addition we all carried trackers and could be followed on shore by anxious parents on their lap tops. I was told that these gadgets were in fact mobile phones so watch out for rule 69 next time you do turns.

The three professionals; Helena, Megan and Matt Bugg, gave us all lessons in good starting and quality sailing. With Megan just edging her win by one point from Helena, Matt was third overall. Modesty aside - your correspondent was the first true amateur in fourth.

A great week.

A further note from the Sail for Gold website:

On the last day of the regatta Helena was leading by one point, but in the strong easterly breeze it was Pascoe who came out all guns blazing to take a clean sweep of race wins and the 2014 Sail for Gold title.

On her victory, Pascoe said: “It has been a long hard week with really short, intense racing with three of us battling it out at the top of the fleet – so you never really knew if you were going to be first or third but it’s a great way to round everything off with two bullets.”

Extending her podium run to five events this year, of which she has now won three, Pascoe is pleased with her current form: “I have had a really good year so far with a number of podium positions so I’m happy with how things are going.”


What is needed to build a quality boat and why?

Reproduced from with the permission of Evert Aartsen

1. State of the art facility: In order to manufacture a high quality composite boat the environment in which this boat is build is critical. Modern resins are state of the art and the strength to weight ratio has improved tremendously in the last decade. In order to use those materials to their full potential it is critical that temperature, humidity, pollution level etc. surrounding the process are optimal. Where some boat manufacturers do not seem to understand the importance of controlling the building environment, Charger Composites has made extensive investments and when we build our current facility where we moved into in 2008 we spend 25% of the total cost in our air conditioning system. This was in our opinion the first big step to a superior product.

2. Strong competence:
Another obvious need is strong competence. It is critical that the builders are well educated and experienced. Both practical experience and theoretical understanding of the fibers and chemicals used are critical. And of course the more experience directly related to the product the better. At Charger Composites we build our teams based on product related experience for example the two leading employees in our 2.4 production line have built over 550 2.4s and in our kayak production we have several team members that have build over 6000 sea kayaks. We are proud of our builders and they take great pride in their job.

3. The best possible materials:
Every product demands its own material choice in order to reach the max potential. We are taking this to an extreme and most of the directional fiber cloths we are using today are custom produced for us. We calculate our lay-ups and then come up with the ideal materials, often these materials are standard not available on the market, in those cases we have it custom produced for us. At this moment 65% of all directional fibers we use are designed by us and custom produced for us. We refuse to cut corners.

4. High quality tools:
The quality of the tools and machines used are important to produce any product but in boat building this is even more so. The moulds are an essential part of this. Without superb moulds you cannot build a high end product. This is the reason why we are building all our moulds in-house, we do not trust anyone else with the production of our most important tools. This way we know exactly what we are working with.

5. Systematic thinking:
When you build products in bigger series you have the opportunity to build a working system where every single step gets repeated for every boat. By doing things the same way over and over again the risk of mistakes becomes nearly zero. You will also get better at what you do when you do it the same way many times. Of course it has a positive effect on efficiency. We have learned to build systems for production and have become very clever in production planning so every product gets build according to very detailed production manuals. We even use external consultants to make sure we did not miss a thing.

6. Extreme Quality Control:
No matter how good your facility, competence, tools and systems are mistakes are always made at some stage. In order to make sure that no (or close to no) mistakes leave through our doors, we have a very strict quality control system where every single product will go through an extensive quality check. We use checklists that will be worked through step by step by our quality surveyor.


Canada Games 2013

By Peter Wood

The Canada Games is a multi-sport games modelled after the Olympics with alternating summer and winter games held each two years. The 2013 Canada Summer Games was held in Sherbrooke Quebec and included 20 different sports from archery to wrestling. Athletes are selected by their provincial and territorial sport governing bodies and each athlete’s performance counts towards the winning of the Canada Games flag to the province with the best overall results. All athletes live in a village and there are opening ceremony and closing ceremonies modelled after the Olympic Games.
In 2013 Sailing was one of four sports which had an event for athletes with a physical disability, the others being athletics, swimming and cycling. In sailing, the 2.4mR was the equipment used for the single person boat for sailors with a physical disability. It joined the full rig Laser for single handed male sailors, the Laser Radial for single handed female sailors and the separate 29er fleets for both double handed male and female sailors. In the  2.4mR class there was no gender differentiation. Of the eight sailors five were female and three were male.
The sailing took place on Lac Petit Magog, a lake surrounded by hills. The wind speeds ranged from 5 to 15 knots but because of the effect of the hills wind shifts and gusts were common. The medalists were Christine Lavallee (Quebec) Gold, Joe Gerlinsky (Saskatchewan) Silver, and Aaron Wong-Sing (Ontario) Bronze.
The inclusion of the 2.4mR in the Canada Games has increased the visibility of the class in all parts of Canada. As provincial teams strive to earn Canada Games points they are searching their sailing clubs for athletes suitable for the 2.4mR. In addition once the sailors are identified they are encouraged to compete in open 2.4 mR events. This is bringing new sailors into the class and will be a benefit to the class in the future. The 2.4mR will again be part of Canada Summer Games 2017 in Gimli Manitoba


Christine, Joe & Aaron on the podium at the Canada Games 2013

New North American Builder

Tony Pocklington

I first developed an interest in the 2.4mM class at the 2009 Worlds event in Ft Myers. Volunteering as support boat for that event gave me the opportunity to witness first class, one design(ish), class sailing. I was also impressed at the level of competition from sailors with such a broad range of sailing experience. 

My first opportunity to sail a 2.4mR was in May 2013 at a regatta in SW Florida. That event really "set the hook" for me as a sailor. 35 years removed from club sailing Thistles on the Great Lakes as a kid, it has been a blast to get back to racing class boats.  

As a 3rd generation boat builder with 25 years in the boat building/repair business in SW Florida, I learned that the moulds were for sale in early 2013 and jumped at the opportunity. The epoxy infusion manufacturing process utilized for production was a crucial part of that purchase. I appreciate the technical aspects of production, and I am dedicated to building only the highest quality product. I can see a real possibility for growth in the US. I am looking forward to a bright future for Edge Sailing, and the 2.4mR class.

Photo (below) Tony and Bruce measure in the new boat



My Year after Gold

by Helena Lucas

Jackie asked if I could put a few words down on paper about my whirlwind experience since the Games.  I can’t believe it’s almost 2 years; everything is still so fresh in my memory.

Looking back it felt like I was spending more time in London than at home, being invited to numerous awards, dinners, receptions and parties, with everything seeming to end in a night club. By Christmas I had become a connoisseur of champagne and my body was thinking it might need a liver transplant. The Royal Mail honoured all the Gold medallists with our own stamps and painted a postbox Gold in whichever town we choose. I chose Portland as we were living there and I wanted to leave a lasting legacy to the community that gave me so much support. How could I resist putting my stamp on all my Christmas cards and posting them in my Gold postbox…

I was invited by the Queen to Buckingham Palace three times, for a medallist reception, garden party and – the highlight – to be awarded an MBE. Every time I got to see a different part of the Palace and was mesmerized by the decor, tradition and historical art works.  It was also fun driving through the gates with the tourists trying to get a glimpse in the car, thinking it was someone famous!

Another highlight for me was being invited to Wimbledon (centre court, royal box) where we were and wined and dined by the All England Tennis Club. We got to see some amazing matches and the likes of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams play. The trick was not to get caught on TV holding the massive bucket of sweets that kept passing round. At Wimbledon I met Lee Pearson, the British Paralympic equestrian rider. Lee has won 10 Gold medals, a silver and a bronze; he has the biggest personality and probably talks more than me! We have become good friends, Lee is now hooked on sailing and I’m still scared of horses. With sailing always located in a satellite village, you never get to know team mates from different sport, so this was a wonderful bonus.

One of the really important priorities following the London Games has been too keep the legacy alive and get kids involved in sports. It’s been fantastic visiting schools and seeing the inspiration, enthusiasm and impact the Games has had. I love those days and the buzz I get from the children.

Jackie also asked what keeps me coming back to the 2.4mR. Well firstly the competition. I have done two Olympic campaigns in the 470 and the racing is just as fiercely competitive. If you win either a World Championships or the Games you know you have achieved at the top. Off the water it’s a fun class to be part of.

Secondly the boat. I love that you can compete on an even playing field, no matter how old, how disabled, male or female, big or small you are. I have always had to sail double-handed boats, as I’m too small and light to be competitive in anything other than an Oppie, and I’m a little too old for that class! I loved my 420 and 470 days, but really enjoyed the change to a single-handed class. I also enjoy the tactical and technical aspects of 2.4mR sailing, it always keeps you on your toes.

Editor’s note: Oppie = Opty in North America. Thanks Helena for sharing your exciting year and especially the Gold post box photo which was a special request from me!


Your faithful editor is always looking for articles, photos and reports. We are especially interested in contribution from countries around the world who sail the 2.4 but are 'quiet' on the international front. In English please but very very welcome. Looking forward to Toronto, see you there!

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