2020 NORTH AMERICANS TO BE AT NANAIMO ON JULY 4/5
Following a recent survey of 74 Martin 242 owners in North America and 1 from Japan (with 53 total responses, or 71%) on November 4th, Fleets 1, 2, and 3 jointly selected Nanaimo on Vancouver Island as the 2020 North American ("NA") championship venue.
The event will be part of the regular SIN Regatta hosted by the Nanaimo Yacht Club ("NYC") on the July 4/5 weekend after Canada Day and during the US Independence Day holiday long weekend.
The Fleets selected Nanaimo in recognition of it being the top overall choice of Survey respondents, both from an overall scoring perspective and also from those who ranked it as their 1st or 2nd choice relative to the other 3 venue options.
Nanaimo has also seen a modest resurgence in 242 ownership these past few years, and the NA's will help propel the growth of the Class on Vancouver Island, as well as providing most competitors with the opportunity to experience a new and exciting venue. This will be the first time that the NA's have been held in Nanaimo, and we expect to get over 30 boats based on the Survey responses.
Plan ahead now! As Nanaimo is a major business and tourist destination on Vancouver Island, competitors are advised to research accommodation options well in advance of the event.
The regatta organizers will be looking into the possibility of competitors being able to stay on NYC member boats in their Marina to help defray costs, and Ken Holland has a 2/3rds-acre property a few miles from the Club where people can tent or park Campers and RV's. More information on accommodation options will be provided in subsequent updates.
Limited moorage will also be provided at NYC for motherships, and there are several commercial marinas nearby and excellent anchoring also in the Inner Harbor.
The SIN website will also provide information about travelling to NYC, both via water delivery, and via ferries (Horsehoe Bay to Nanaimo, Tsawwassen to Duke Point, and Port Angeles to Victoria). Air transport is also readily available to competitors.
Lots of social events are planned, including the world-famous Optimist races on the Friday night as part of the Dock Party with music, as well as a dinner and band on Saturday night.
More information will be available soon.