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Mark Bryant sent this report from an unusually fridige Florida.
The 2.4 metre North American Championship was held at Edison Sailing Center Dec. 9 – 11. The fleet of Olympic and Paralympic champions where greeted with bone chilling COLD temps and rain. Twenty boats traveled from all across the US, Canada and two British ladies to compete in Ft. Myers, Fl.
Day 1, after a brief poll to race or not, this hardy (crazy) bunch of sailors completed 4 races. Very tight racing in a shifty 7 to 12 kts. With a strong ebb providing some interesting results. Bruce Millar ( Vancouver, CAN) found these conditions to his liking as did Allan Liebel ( Toronto, CAN) ending the day tied for the lead. A WARM welcoming reception was held at Royal Palm Yacht Club , a good time was had by all.
Day 2, Much warmer but no wind…. After a lengthy postponement 3 races completed under sunny and warmer skies.. Daily winner Megan Pascoe of Great Britain sailed smooth for 8 pts, Helena Lucas (GBR) consistency of (3) 3’s for 9 pts. And Johnny ( NO OCS’s) Ruf sandwiched a 8th with a couple of bullets. Edison SC founder Ross Webb provided a Great BBQ for all sailors and volunteers.
Day 3, FOG and no wind… An hour delay and the fleets off to races , well only one. Paul Tingley (Halifax, CAN) wins his second race of regatta. Paul is the present 2.4 World Champion and Gold medalist. A side note, Paul was sailing my new boat. www.markbryantsailing.com Good job dude.
Bruce Millar is the new North American Champion, followed closely (tied) by Paul Tingley with Megan Pascoe placing third.
Regatta sponsor Mark Bryant Sailing presented contestants with spar, rudder and keel covers.
PRO and Edison coach Mike Alexander along with his gang of kids did an outstanding job organizing and completing 10 races in trying conditions.
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