IMCA News

Over the past 6 months the following items have been completed and posted to the Fleet One website in the "M242 Class Docs" section at https://www.m242fleetone.org:
1. The Measurer's Handbook, which was compiled by multiple Fleet Measurers to make their job much easier going forward, particularly around knowledge transfer. 
The Handbook will also be very useful for boat owners because it enables all of you to see the exact processes Measurers use for every measurement issue, and which items are important and which are less so. In this manner competitors can get their boats prepped well in advance to pass all the required Measurement steps. 

2. A "Fillable PDF" of the Measurement Certificate, which can also be found in the Class Docs section. Ken Machtley and his Team put this together over the past 6 months, and it has been used extensively for various boats that are being measured. 
It works very well, and has great features like: when the boat name, owner name, sail number, and HIN are typed in on page 1, that data is repeated on the subsequent pages automatically once you click on the same boxes on page 2: a big time saving. 

3. A "Fillable PDF" of the Sail Register, which can also be found in the Class Docs section.

Ken Machtley and his Team put this together over the past 6 months, and it has also been used extensively for various boats.



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RVYC M242 Fleet Championship Regatta

On Saturday October 10, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club will host the Fleet Championship Regatta for the Martin 242 Class. The start will be at 11am. Crews are limited to a maximum of 3 people, and spinnakers are allowed.
The NOR, SI's, and Registration will be set up during the week of September 28, so don't forget to Register.
At this point 5 boats have said they will race (Dirty Dog, Jumanji, Too Wicked, Back in Black, Sailiant) and there are 8 others that are strong Maybe's.

Class News

Sept 10, 2020

Martin 242
Just writing to let you know what we’ve been up to on the west coast in the Martin 242 fleet, in this unusual COVID year.

Official racing through the yacht clubs has of course been completely shut down this summer. The Royal Vancouver YC normally runs a Wed night race series through the spring and summer for both PHRF boats and one design, as well as several weekend events. There’s also a big fleet of Martins at the Kitsilano Yacht Club and several racing out of Tiddley Cove Yacht Club in False Creek, both clubs also run a few events – all canceled this year.

So we decided to start up an ‘unofficial’ training/tuning series to take the place of the usual Wed night one design races.

Some ad-hoc rules were drafted to respect COVIC-19 restrictions: 2 or 3 crew maximum, ideally already part of your COVID ‘bubble’; white sails only (no spinnakers.) Boat crews were expected to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry's public health guidelines and to maintain social distancing when off the water during launching and de-rigging, and obviously no dinners or bar after racing (although we’ve been having informal socially distanced hangouts to catch the sunset in the boat park at Kits YC after sailing – you can’t really stop sailors from having a few sneaky beers after racing.)
Martin 242
Race formats were really simple with only a single windward mark and the start pin doubling as the leeward mark. Race committee of one on a small RIB or whaler, and a 3-minute start sequence using a whistle and no flags. We mostly rely on the honour system for OCS and fouls. The courses are much shorter than usual mostly because the downwind legs can get a bit long with no spinnakers – typical races were no more than 20-30 minutes long.

Martin 242
I’d say it’s been an overwhelming success, with 10-15 boats out most nights this summer. We’ve been getting 4-5 races in on the windier nights where typically our Wed nights were maximum of two. The short courses have made for some really close racing, and put a huge premium on good starts, tactical sailing, and good mark roundings, reminding me of my early days racing dinghies on short courses (shoutout to the Queen's University Sailing Team, go Gaels!)

In place of the usual post-race dock talk we’ve been posting results and trying to encourage a virtual debrief in the comments on the fleet Facebook page, with winners on the night chiming in on what worked or what they focused on. Lots of skippers have been sailing with family members – spouses, kids, siblings - that don’t normally get out racing but were already part of the bubble, and the lack of kites means can sail with fewer experienced crew without a huge penalty on boat handling.


I think it’s been a great opportunity to learn for all boats involved, and the different more relaxed format was even a refreshing change. If nothing else it’s certainly been nice to get out on the water racing regularly on an otherwise shot summer for sailboat racing! 
Martin 242
Reto and his son Max

Cheers,
Reto Corfu
Martin 242 #13 Back in Black

Martin 242

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From Reto:

Epic night of racing last night.

Relatively clear skies made way for pounding rain and big squalls. We managed one race, with a total number of boats managing to cross the start line equal to...one! Shoutout to Yury for getting his newly refit boat out racing for the first time, and ship shape enough to handle the conditions. Condolences to Too Wicked (vang failure), Back in Black (lost main sail), and Dirty Dog (lighting spotted!)

Thanks to Jim and Tim for "running" the race last night.

Great season of racing despite everything, I had a blast this year!


Reto Corfu and Phil Cragg did a great job running this casual Wednesday evening series!  Everyone who participated is thankful for the initiative and execution.  Well done!
Final Wednesday results:
Image may contain: text that says 'Place Sail No Name 1 233 TBD Yury's Boat) 2 13 Back in Black 282 Dirty Dog 304 Too Wicked TOTAL 3 Race1 1 5 DNS 5 DNS 5 DNS 1 5 5 5'



Overall results are posted under Racing and Results - 2020 TUNING SERIES in the menu section.