Inaugural CanAm 2.4mR Regatta Series
by Jackie Gay
Photo courtesy of Roger Strube. L-R Jackie (CAN 23) Louise (covering Peter Wood in CAN 14), Mike Hren, Bruce Millar
The CanAm 2.4mR series has been running on the west coast of Florida since December and this March three RVYC members - Bruce Millar, Jackie Gay and Louise Anstey - travelled south for the finale.
An excellent fleet of 18 boats including Olympians, Paralympians, the Open World Champion along with Canadian and American National Champions raced at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club from 24-26 March.
The first day was breezy with Allan Leibel from NYC going well until the second race when he broke his gooseneck, giving Paralympic Silver medallist Jackie Gay an opportunity to take her first bullet in a fleet of this calibre. With two other breakdowns and no discards the challenge was on to keep letters to the minimum.
Saturday's racing wind was lighter and shiftier. Close racing ensued with Mike Hren from NYC taking the first race and then the Paralympic flagged sails of Bruce Millar (CAN) and Dee Smith (USA) fighting it out for the second race with Dee finishing just ahead. GBR's Megan Pascoe was close behind with a 2,3,4 for the day. Louise Anstey was the talk of the fleet in her first big regatta, consistently finishing inside the top 10.
On Sunday it looked as if the gradient breeze would die but Race Officer Dr Roger Strube did a great job to get three races in. It was light air with the tide running strong & Dee collected three bullets from the day with Megan, Allan, Bruce & Darrell making it difficult for him. Darrell Suderman from NYC took the regatta with consistent sailing throughout and the overall series was won by Allan.
The class would like to thank all at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club for a fabulous event and supporting our racing with great hospitality and warm welcome - we really did feel like long lost friends. Despite the sad loss of Paralympic sailing, the 2.4mR fleets are growing across the North American continent and the series was a huge success which we aim to build on next year. World class racing in Florida over the winter anyone?
1st Darrell Suderman, National Yacht Club
2nd Bruce Millar, RVYC
3rd Dee Smith, STC
4th Megan Pascoe, Weymouth Bay SC
5th Mike Hren, Ashbridges Bay YC
6th Allan Leibel, NYC
7th Jackie Gay, RVYC
8th Louise Anstey, RVYC
9th Tony Pocklington, CHYC
10th Peter Wood, Nepean SC
11th Peter Eagar, NYC
12th Tim Ripley, Sail Newport
13th Janice Foscarini, NYC
14th David Foscarini, NYC
15th Christine Lavallee, Nepean SC
16th Alain Dubuc, PCYC
17th Kevin Holmberg, Davis Islands YC
18th Audrey Kobayashi, KIngston YC