Welcome to the Regional Fleet - Heather Sloat - 7th boat of 2020 to change hands

On July 1, Canada Day, the 7th boat of 2020 changed hands. Ian Fraser of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club sold GNT (listed January 13, 2018), #221 (ex Martini), to Heather Sloat, who is putting together a women's team to race it out of Saltspring Island Sailing Club and to participate in the 2021 NA's at Nanaimo YC, among other Regional events. Heather has raced 242's before, both in the RVYC Match Racing Series back in 2011/12, as well as the Women's National Championships in Vancouver in 2006 or so.

The white-hulled boat was listed for about CDN$12,500, and came with 3 suits of sails, including a brand-new, never-used, North main and jib. The boat was in near race-ready condition and had: a Clint Currie-applied epoxy bottom; VC Offshore bottom paint; a new Harken traveller; a Mercury 4hp long shaft outboard motor. No yard dolly or road trailer. The boat measured in almost perfectly and now has a 2016 Measurement Certificate.

Welcome to the Fleet, Heather, and enjoy your first 242!

Wednesday Ad Hoc Training Provides Relief for Locked-down Sailors

Phil Cragg and Reto Corfu ('Phreto') have staged some informal practice races over a few Wednesday evenings to relieve sailors' jonesing for waterplay.

Obviously addicted to sparing on the sea, crews are still adhereing to important public health guideliines.  Apart from the usual RRS, I understand that penalties can be awarded for yelling towards a competitor who is less than 2 metres away (Yelling under 2 metres); it is unsportsmanlike conduct to hail without ppe (Naked hailing); and disqualification from a race can result from fending without sanitizing (foul fending foul).

COVID-19 is still with us and it is important to continue to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry. 

Start at 6pm somewhere between Kits Yacht Club and Royalvan.  Race Committee is likely a rib with Phil making noises.
  • Maximum crew of 2 or 3
  • Whitesail only, no spinnakers
  • startline between Phil's powerboat "Mongoose"  BC sailing orange RIB and a mark
  • one windward mark
  • Twice around, fairly short racecourse due to boring downwinds, so try for 3-4 races?
  • 3 minute starts, no flags:
    • bunch a whistles = get ready (4 min), 3 whistles = 3min, 2 whistles = 2 min, 1 whistle = 1 min, 1 long whistle = go
    • pick the aft corner of transom as boat end of start line  wherever Phil is sitting is boat end of the line
    • Honour system on OCS, etc. 
  • usual 1 turn penalty for fouls/2 turns if near a rounding mark
Racecourse probably down closer to kits. Don't forget to social distance in the boat yard & for launching.


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Reto confirmed that it's on for Canada Day (Wed., July 1)

Be Kind, Stay Calm, Sail Safe.


2020 Class Rules

Effective June 15, 2020 the new 2020 Class Rules go into effect, and they can be found in the M242 Class Docs section HERE on the Fleet One website.

The IMCA Technical Committee updated them over the past few weeks, making a number of moderate and minor changes, as follows:

  1. The slightly revised Class logo has been inserted and also defined in new Rule 3.6.9. When ordering a new mainsail, please ensure your sailmaker is aware of the updated Class Rules.
  2. New Rule 1.3 states that boats shall be measured according to the process guidelines in the World Sailing Equipment Rules of Sailing ("ERS"). This was previously mentioned in the Sail Appendixes, but has been included in the document body so as to explicitly cover the boat and equipment.
  3. Keel Position (old Rule 3.1.3) has been moved to Appendix B to align it with the other keel measurements, and to also state that Keel Position Dispensations can be granted by local Fleet Measurers.
  4. New Rule states that the main halyard can be a maximum of 1:1
  5. to have been renumbered and some of the paragraphs have been moved around to align them better with various subject matter.
  6. References to ISAF have been changed to World Sailing.

2:1 Main Halyard Appeal Decision

Welcome back to the Regional Fleet - Dave Pritchard - 5th boat of 2020 to change hands

On approximately June 5, the 5th boat of 2020 changed hands. Sebastian Fritz of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club sold Ruckus (listed February 19, 2020), #229, to Dave Pritchard of Gibsons YC.