The 13th Annual Clagett Regatta is in the books!
Smith continues to dominate US events during his campaign to the 2016
Paralympics in Rio. Eleven races and eleven bullets in three days
of racing during the 13th Annual Clagett Regatta.
Dee's enjoying a new challenge and applying knowledge
gained during his continuing career as a professional big boat sailor
to racing the 2.4mR. To paraphrase Bill Shore once again coaching
2.4mRs at this year's Clagett, "Dee doesn't make any mistakes.
We'll be watching from the coach boat and saying 'he should
tack', and Dee tacks".
Good Luck Dee!
Reaching to the offset mark...
had a successful event March 12-14 out of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht
Club in Charlotte Harbor. The weather was beautiful (even by Florida
standards, and the people who spent last six weeks freezing up north
have a much lower bar) and the fifteen participants enjoyed it.
Bill Shore organized and coached on the 12th and 13th starting with a
morning “chalk talk” then some on the water drills for speed and boat
handling and practice racing each day. Mark Bryant and Randy Shore also
helped on the water.
On Saturday the
14th everyone participated in the Leukemia Cup regatta held for 2.4mR’s
just off the CHYC. After five short races newcomer Dee Smith won
handily, showing that when you have top keelboat skills
Regatta winner Dee Smith.
transfer well to the 2.4.mR, followed by Charlie Rosenfield and Danny
Evans. Tony Pocklington had a strong start in the first three races but
then had a breakdown.
It was great to
see a number of new people making up the fleet, and the growth of the
class in Port Charlotte is very encouraging. Hopefully as more people
see the number of boats out there and experience sailing the 2.4mR
growth will continue
Thanks to the
Charlotte Harbor YC, Tony Pocklington, Dennis Peck, US Sailing, and all
the others who made this great event happen.
results for the 2.4mR class.
New Regattas for the North American Region.
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Charlotte Harbor Regatta
Feb. 5-8, 2015
Harbor Regatta saw a great turnout of 2.4mr boats in that class. This
year there were 91 registered boats in the regatta in twelve classes
with the 2.4mr’s being 3rd biggest class. 82 of the registered boats
competed, eleven boats were missing from the action and man did they
miss it. Way to go guys, you really turned the heads of the regatta
committee with the turnout for the regatta. Talk about separate fleet
if this kind of turn out continues. Yes we could use that. This shows
the strength of the class as it grows.
Winds were challenging as they shifted on the course, nothing new for
Charlotte Harbor. First day had great conditions other than starting
out a little on the cool side but shortly warmed up to a nice day.
was close as for the most part with competitors changing positions
several times on the course. Sailing was great but better yet was the
time spent with each other getting boats ready and then talking about
the regatta and other things.
I myself had a great time and was able to just sit back and enjoy the class as a sailing community.
for the good stuff, Tim Ripley took the first place honor for the class
followed very close by Tony Pocklington. There were only three points
that separated the first three places. With Tim holding the first spot
and Tony breaking the tie between him and Peter Eagar. Way to go Tim
and the rest of the guys. Final Results
regatta here for the 2.4mr left in the area will be March 14 in the
Leukemia Cup, which will provide a separate circle for the 2.4mrs.
Calling any 2.4mr sailor in the area and from afar that might just
still like this warmer climate. - Dennis Peck
2014 North American 2.4mR Championship
Port Charlotte, Florida
December 12th to 13th
2014 US 2.4mR National Championship
Port Charlotte, Florida
December 9th to 11th
Tony Pocklington, US Champion
Photo by Jody Hill
EDGE Sailing Midwinters
Nov. 22 - 23
Charlotte Harbor YC
No Registration Fee
sailing sponsored this midwinter championship. Hosted by
Charlotte Harbor YC. This event is the cumulation of a month of
sailing for local sailors and all 2.4 sailors are invited to
participate. Two day event with a maximum of 4 races a day and a
great cookout on Saturday evening with awards for most exaggerated
story and who eats the most. (Attendance required)
2015 Regattas listed
NACC, Chicago Yacht Club, July 30 – August 3, 2015
NOR coming soon.
2015 2.4mR Open Worlds, Rauma Yacht Club
August 8-15, 2015, NOR
US Disabled Championship Southwestern YC, San Diego
August 27th - 28th 2015
- 2007 Bjorndahl
- 2 -2008 Gavia plus trailer
- 2014 Charger Composites
See Boats for Sale
2014 IFDS Worlds Report
2014 IFDS Worlds marked the return of Paralympic medalist and 2.4mR
open world champion John Ruf (Pewaukee, WI) to the highest levels of
international sailing. At the beginning of the event, Ruf was quick to
manage expectations, noting that his goal in Halifax was “just to
finish the regatta.” Neverless, his 6th place result surprised even Ruf
himself. “No, not really,” said Ruf when asked if he expected to finish
only 3 spots away from the podium. “An 11 month break is a long time.
It was good to be back.” Ruf also noted that it is much tougher these
days to race at the head of the class. “I think [the fleet this week]
was stronger than it was when I left it. There are more countries.” See the Final Results
US Sailors Danny Evans 165, Charlie Rosenfield 142
notable performance were put in by 2.4mR newcomer Ted Green (Newport,
RI, 14th overall) and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider’s Daniel
Evens (Miami, FL, 16th overall). Evans noted that the on-shore support
received by athletes in Halifax, such as the presence of U.S. Olympic
and Paralympic Team Boatwright Donovan Brennan (Mobile, Al), made a big
difference. “Those guys, like [Team Technical Director] Grant Spanhake
were super good, and having Donnie work on the boats was nice too. When
I brought my boat here it had some [problems] and work that I wanted to
get done, and he took care of that real quick. My boat was in top
Other specialists supporting US
Athletes this week were medical staff Dr. Anne Allen (Wrightsvile
Beach, NC) Sue Crafer (Sydney, Australia), and Jeremy Marra (Ann Arbor,
MI), coaches Betsy Alison (Head Paralympic Coach, US Sailing Team
Sperry Top-Sider), Mike Pinckney (SKUD-18, Costa Mesa, CA), Bill Shore
(Sonar, Newport, RI) and Marko Dahlberg (2.4mR, Ylojarvi, Finland). -
To read the full article visit Scuttlebutt Sailing
Sail Newport Regatta July 12 & 13
written by Teddy Newport ( Ted Green III )
another great weekend of sailing was had by all those who were able to
make the trip to Newport, RI for the 2014 Newport Regatta. The
conditions were pretty wet this weekend as we had a solid sea breeze
and strong ebbing tides creating some confused seas with gnarly chop, a
good condition to learn to master. The 2.4mR class was one of the five
classes on our race circle, luckily we had a great race committee, and
with no real run ins with other classes (including the 40+ boat laser
fleet) we were able to get off eleven competitive races. At the end of
the weekend the local kid, Ted Green, came out on top followed up by
Daniel Evans and Tim Ripley. Looking ahead everyone is getting all
ramped up for the IFDS Worlds in Halifax, Nova Scotia and events like
the Newport Regatta are always great events to gauge where you stand
against your competition. Summer sailing in Newport is always a great
time, hope to see as many as possible out there next year as the 2015
Newport Regatta should fall within a week of the 2015 Clagett.
2014 C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Regatta
R.I. (June 15, 2014) – Newport turned on the charm for the start
of the final day of racing at the Clagett. After two days of
testing conditions on Narragansett Bay, the three classes racing took
to the water an hour early to take advantage of the northerly
into the final day Ted Green III (Newport, RI) led the 2.4mR fleet with
a nine point lead over Peter Wood (Ottawa, Ontario). In a 12 knot
northerly the fleet got underway for race five of the series and
Mark Bryant (Estero, FL) took advantage of a good start to win the
first race of the day with another Floridian Daniel Evans ( Miami, FL)
taking the second place and Peter Wood scoping third. Overnight
leader Green III retired from race five after damaging his headsail in
a mark rounding incident. Race six of the series and Charlie
Rosenfield (Woodstock, CT) returned to the top spot with Green III back
in the hunt finishing second and Wood taking his second third place for
a drop in breeze strength for race seven, which ended up being the last
race for the series, the current around Goat Island became a
determining factor in where the competitors finished. Green III
finished off the regatta on a high note taking the final gun for the
series. Tony Pocklington (Fort Meyers, FL), who is the boat
builder for the 2.4mR class, crossed the line in second and Wood
completed the top three. With a seven race series completed a
drop result came into play and Ted Green III came out on top of the
2.4mR class. Wood took the silver medal place and Pocklington
rounded out the top three 2.4mR's in the bronze medal spot.
been a very tough regatta and after my first race today I was really
hoping we'd get the seven races in so we could drop a race. I
have been sailing to 2.4mR for one year, my first regatta was the
Clagett in 2013 and ideally I'd like to be at the 2020 games but if I
made Rio even better. This event is great as you can benefit from
the clinic and then put the skills and techniques into your game plan
during racing. Next for me is the Newport Regatta then I'm going
to the IFDS Worlds in Halifax. I had a good result on a tough
couple of days," commented 2.4mR class winner Green III.
Sail To Prevail / 2.4mR Class
To Prevail in Newport, RI, is offering free dockage (space permitting)
for any 2.4mR sailor who will be sailing in Newport this summer. As
many of you know, the Sail To Prevail docks are located at Fort Adams
State Park and are fully accessible. Hoyer lifts are available to
anyone who utilizes them. When not tending to their program needs, the
staff always tries to do their best to help out aspiring Paralympians
or any 2.4mR Class member. To make a reservation, please contact Chad.
2014 Hibiscus Cup Regatta
Punta Gorda, Florida
weekend 5/17/14 the 8th annual Hibiscus cup regatta was held off the
shores of Punta Gorda, Florida. It was the Tenth Annual Festival for
the Hibiscus, which is the flower of the city. After the second year we
heard about it and decided to hold an annual regatta so the festive
goes could see sailboat racing up close. The regatta is held just off
the shore as close as possible so they can get a real view of what goes
on. If the tide is up you can actually shake hands with some on the
pier. This year the level was down due to the cold front that just came
through with north winds from 15- 20 the day before which blows the
water to the south in the Gulf of Mexico and that takes the tide out of
the harbor about 8 inches more than normal. How ever we still got close
enough to see those on shore.
2.4mr’s were mainly the only boats that came out due to the level of
wind predication being forecast the day before. However those that have
sailed Charlotte Harbor know you just got to be there to see what
actually happens. Let me note again that four of the five 2.4r’s that
went out were sailed by AB’s with one Being sailed by a DA. This speaks
great to the effort of trying to show that the 2.4mr’s are a great boat
to sail and race for everyone. There is great interest being generated
locally and in the surrounding area to the advantages of sailing the
2.4mr. Every week now I have someone wanted to sail one. This will be
good for the class as interest is built and people see that it is more
than a boat for DA’s. They understand that they can be beat by a DA,
which makes them realize that the 2.4mr is an equalizer vessel for
on about the regatta, winds started out from dock about 8-10 but about
half way across the harbor the predicted winds started to build.
However it never got as high as predicted it did get up to 18 or so
with a steady 15 for the first few races. And the rest of the races
were run in about 10-13.
first start found most of the fleet about 3 second late for the start
but a couple of boats were pushing each other at the start, which made
for an interesting view. The first boat was able to clear just enough
air to port tact the second boat shortly after the start and go for the
right side of the field. The feeling was that since the current was
going out and the left side was where there was more current flow and
stepper waves most took to the right side. Now you have to understand
that we also we near a bridge which you know what that does to the wind
(challenge anyone). There was a certain sailor that was given a
nickname of Velcro, but what was really happening was he was just
trying to stay in sync with the other boats close to him. Interesting
racing as we came into the weather mark.
was pretty much the story in all the races with a couple of exception
of the other competitors ganging up on a competitor to push him over
early, didn’t happen but did put him in a bad spot to have to fight
back out of. Once he caught the leader he decided that it was better to
tack away than climb the transom and that is just about the time a big
wind shift hit. Oh crap, now go back, yep your header was the other
guy’s lift. Your sunk, just make the best of it and hang in there. It
was really a get time on the water laughing and talking with each
competitor. What a great day for a regatta.
I must add that the new US OD builder Edge Sailing was pushing us
around the coarse or should I say making it very difficult for me to
just sail a clean clear race. Not that he was doing anything he
shouldn’t, he was doing everything he should and I just couldn’t leave
that alone. May I also note that at the last minute and I mean last
minute we had another sailor wanting to race and this was at 8:30 AM
and we were leaving the docks at 9:00 AM. So I yelled to Tony what
could we do? I said I would let him sail my boat if you can put me in
one of yours. And that just how easy it was, Tony went for the sail as
we got boat ready and with joint effort of all competitors with had
another boat sailing. Now that’s how it works around here. On shore
friends, on the water competitors, but friendly (well--- what do you
call friendly) oh yes it was friendly but tight with the occasional
yell of starboard heard on the course, that means tight because there
were crosses that were only inches apart at times but no one had to
change course. Than a word or two and a laugh back and forth.
After the racing awards were handed out at the Festival with free drinks for every one.
- Dennis Peck, Port Charlotte
- Tony Pocklington, Fort Myers
- Robert Hill, El Jobean
- Logan Boucher, Gardens of Gulf Cove
- Tony Sanpere, Virgin Islands
Our Newest Member
Friday (5/9/14) I graduated from New York Maritime College with a
Bachelor of Science in Marine Operations as well as a USGC Unlimited
3rd Mates License.
It has been a good
experience and I have learned a lot since I have started there. I look
forward to the next chapter of my life as I plan on doing a lot of 2.4
sailing out of Newport, RI.
couple of months should be a great. The Clagett Regatta is a month away
and last years event had both solid conditions and competition..... The
Newport Regatta has always been on my calendar, this time I will be
sailing in the 2.4 fleet, looking forward to some good competition as
some are gearing up for the IFDS Worlds which are just a month after
that. There is just so much happening so soon and so close, graduating
has now opened up to a much more flexible schedule, making it easier to
shift focus to what I enjoy the most, sailboat racing.
Look forward to seeing you all on the water.
Ted Green III
Open 2.4mR Worlds
National Yacht Club
Toronto, Canada. Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, 2014
2014 Class Membership New and Renewal is open
Photo Gallery from Fran Burstein
The Charlotte Harbor Regatta
by Dennis Peck
8th & 9th saw 9, 2.4mr's in the Charlotte Harbor Regatta. Sailed on
Charlotte Harbor on circle one, the regatta hosted 12 divisions of one
design racing with 4-5 classes per circle.
action on circle one, the 2.4mr course. Saturday saw fog in the morning
and the start was delayed for a short time until some breeze showed. It
wasn't steady but did create some interesting changing of places that
Sunday the second
day came with a North breeze which held for the races with some shifts
when you sailed to the weather mark off the northern shore of Charlotte
Harbor, (actually the Peace River which becomes Charlotte Harbor) but
the locals call it all Charlotte Harbor for the river is the other side
of the bridges.
current and shifty wind on the starts made for some interesting times.
Some got hit hard on the starts as you can tell by scores (me and I am
local and should have known) and others came out on the goods side.
was really neat about the regatta was the closeness of all the 2.4
sailors and the fellowship between each. Just as in most of the 2.4
regattas we all had some good laughs. It was one of the first regattas
that I was able to sail in just for the good time and it was great. It
was good to get back into the boat after not getting much time in it
since most of the time we are getting others out in them. Interest is
growing in the area for the able bodied and starting to get the minds
of the able-bodied into the boat, about time. Four of the nine boats
where able-bodied sailors, interesting mix the way it should be for
all. The results say a lot about the mix.
Bryant found his grove and stayed with it as the rest of the fleet
worked at finding that grove. Good sailing Mark, and the rest of the
International 2.4 Meter
By Dave Ellis
Look at that beautiful sailing yacht in the distance! What a classic.
Wait…is that a giant head sticking out of the deck?
There is a good reason that this little boat looks like a
classic 12 Meter of America’s Cup fame. In 1983 sailboat
in Sweden used the “8-Meter” rule to create a much smaller
single-handed keelboat. No, the 2.4-meter designation is not the length
of the boat. Back in the day the “meter” designation was arrived by
applying a formula:
At the 2.4-Meter level, it produces a boat about 13.5 feet
long with about 80 square feet of sail area. This little boat
weighs 600 pounds with 399 pounds of that as lead in the
hollow keel. Happily, that lead can be removed on shore for
As with other “Meter” boats, there was some leeway to
the design of the boat. It caught the imagination of some talented
folks who produced boats to the rule. Wing keels, or
other untraditional features like the 12 Meters had late in
their America’s Cup life, are not allowed.
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