Genoa welcomes 2.4 mR World Champs
Published on October 14th, 2019
Ninety-one entrants from 15 nations will compete at the 30th 2.4 mR World Championship, with the 2019 edition to be held October 15 to 18 in Genoa, Italy.
The 2.4 was created in Stockholm in 1983 by local designers who used the “R Metre” rule to create a thoroughbred boat with the complicated and sophisticated nature of keelboat but with the costs and the sensitivity of a simple dinghy.
It was a younger sister, in terms of size but not style of sailing, of the bigger international 6m, 8m and 12m. In 1992 the class obtained the status of an International Class and since then world Championships have been sailed every year with between 60 and 100 boats taking part.
Since the 2.4mR is suitable for disabled people, it was chosen as a single-handed class for the Paralympics in Sydney in 2000, used continuously through the Rio 2016 Games. The biggest fleets are in the Scandinavian countries, in Italy, England, Germany, Australia, and the USA.
Unique for the 2.4mR Class is how disabled sailors compete on equal terms with able-bodied people. Due to its design, people of all types and genders compete together.
Technical data of the 2.4 mR
LOA: 4.182 m
LWL: 2.978 m
Beam: 0.72 m
Displacement: 259 kg
Sail area: 7.39 m2
Source: 2.4 mR Class