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From the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club is proud to announce that Charlotte Harbor has been selected as the host site for the 2018-2019 2.4mR CanAm Regatta Series. The events will take place starting Dec. 4 with the North American Championship, followed by the US National Championships as part of the CanAm Championship Series. Registration, vessel launching and social events will take place at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, located at 4400 Lister Street in Port Charlotte.

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 Dec. 2011, leading up to the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships hosted by Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc. in Jan. 2012. Following up on that success, CHYC created the 2.4mR CanAm Series which included more than 13 boats competing in multiple races from Dec. 2016 through April 2017. The 2.4mR Western Hemisphere Championships was held this past February.

Come out on the water by 10:30 each day of the regattas and tune your radio to Ch. 68 to listen to the informational discussions between the committee boat, mark boats, and safety boats. The 2018-2019 2.4mR CanAm Regatta Series promises fun filled and challenging racing. See former Olympians returning to Charlotte Harbor to mix it up with spirited, smart and competitive racers.

CHYC club members Tony Pocklington and 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, five were sailed by Para-Olympians from Norway, Canada, and the US. Internationally recognized sailors in our own backyard … it just doesn’t get any better!

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