Two years later, 2.4mR Worlds in Florida
Published on November 7th, 2022
Forty entrants from eight countries are ready for the 2022 2.4mR World Championship and Para Sailing International Championship to be held November 8-11 in Tampa, FL.
Among the fleet are past World Champions, including Finland’s Marko Dahlberg and Rikard Bjurgstrom as well as the current reigning World Champion Megan Pascoe (GBR), who is also a para sailor.
The 2.4 mR boat is designed to promote level competition regardless of physical ability. With 400 pounds of lead in the boat’s keel, the classically-designed 14-foot-long sloop tends to round up rather than taking a knockdown. The sail plan includes a main and jib; downwind, the jib can be winged out with a whisker pole.
“The boat is a great equalizer,” noted Tony Pocklington of Edge Sailing. “It’s the only boat that everybody can compete against one another. Truly, it’s hard to put it into words and not sound cheesy, but it’s one of the only boats –– or sports –– that offers a level playing field. It’s an amazing boat. I’m really excited to have the event finally start.”
Race organizer Jennifer Holmberg added, “It’s been a long, long time in the planning. We started in 2018. We won the bid to host the event back ¬¬–– in 2020. That obviously didn’t happen. Then 2021. And this year, the cost of shipping has affected entries, but we have wonderful sponsors, and a great crew of volunteers. Let the games begin!”
Ten races are planned for four days, with weather forecasters tracking Subtropical Storm Nicole as it moves from the Bahamas toward Florida.
Source: Amy Linton