Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club to Host The 2018 2.4mR Western Hemisphere Championships

PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (January 16, 2018) – The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club is proud to announce that Charlotte Harbor has been selected as the host site for the 2018 2.4mR Western Hemisphere Championship.  The event will take place February 20-23 with registration, vessel launching and social events taking place at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club (CHYC) located at 4400 Lister Street in Port Charlotte.  In addition, a clinic conducted by 2016 Para-Olympian, Dee Smith will take place on Tuesday, February 20th beginning at 9:15am.

What are the 2.4mR sailboats?   According to the 2.4mR USA, “the 2.4 meter is perhaps the best, most fun single-handed boat you will ever sail.  It can be tactical, technical, and fast as you want it to be. This 2.4m class includes former Americas Cup sailors, one-design champions, disabled sailors, cruising class sailors and people of all ages and genders who love to sail”.

CHYC has a strong history hosting 2.4mR events as they hosted the “Pre-Worlds” for the 2.4mR class in December 2011 leading up to the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships hosted by Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc. in January 2012.  Following up on that success, CHYC created the 2.4mr CanAm Service which included over 13 boats competing in multiple races from December 2016-April 2017.  Due to its success, the US Class Association asked CHYC to host the series again and following is the remaining schedule which includes the Western Hemisphere Championships:

Jan 27, 2018       2.4mR Edge Sailing Midwinters Series CanAm # 3

Date                                                  Time of First Warning                                  # of Races Planned

Saturday              01/27/2018                      1100hrs                                                          3 races

Sunday 01/28/2018                   1100hrs                                                             2 races

February 21-23 2.4mR Western Hemisphere Championships

Date                                                  Time of First Warning                                  # of Races Planned

Wednesday        02/21/2018                       1030hrs                                                          4 races

Thursday             02/22/2018                       1030hrs                                                          4 races

Friday                  02/23/2018                       1100hrs                                                          3 races

February 24-25: 2018 2.4mR CanAm Series # 4

Date                                                  Time of First Warning                                 # of Races Planned

Saturday              02/24/2018                      1100hrs                                                3 races

Sunday                 02/25/2018                      1100hrs                                                2 races

March 29-31: 2018 2.4mR CanAm Sailing Finale

Date                                                  Time of First Warning                                  # of Races Planned

Thursday              03/29/2018                      1100hrs                                                3 races

Friday                   03/30/2018                      1100hrs                                                3 races

Saturday              03/31/2018                      1100hrs                                                3 races

Come out on the water on February 21 -23, 2018 and tune your radio to channel 68 and listen to the informational discussions between the Committee Boat, Mark Boats, and Safety Boats.  The Western Hemisphere Championships promises fun filled and challenging racing!  See former Olympian’s mix it up with spirited, smart and competitive racers.  In fact, CHYC’s very own Club Member Tony Pocklington, and one of their newest members Dee Smith, who represented USA in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, will be among the racers.  In their December races, out of the 20 participating boats, 5 were sailed by Para-Olympian’s from Norway, Canada, and the US.  Internationally recognized sailors in our own backyard…it just doesn’t get any better!

ABOUT PUNTA GORDA / ENGLEWOOD BEACH

Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.”

CONTACTS:

Martin Holland

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club

(941) 286-0722 or martinh@LDreeves.com

 

Sean Doherty                                                 

Sports Marketing Manager                                                                   

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau                         


(941) 743-1900 or sean.doherty@charlottecountyfl.gov