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2.4mR World Championship Para Sailing International Championship Regatta at Davis Island Yacht Club

by Amy Linton 14 Nov 2022 14:28 PST 5-11 November 2022

The 2022 2.4mR World Championship Para Sailing International Championship Regatta concluded after a week when, as Principal Race Officer Eric Robbins put it, "Mother Nature toyed with us."

The racing began in earnest on Tuesday, with four races in increasing breeze as Hurricane Nicole sauntered across the Caribbean. The 40-boat fleet, which includes both able-bodied and para sailors from 10 countries, pulled boats out of the water early on Wednesday morning, as it became clear that conditions were worsening.

Many sailors took down rigs and tied the boats down in their cradles in anticipation of the blustery weather.

No races were held on Wednesday and Thursday. Hurricane Nicole brought sustained winds well into the 30-knot ranges, along with the higher gusts and an agitated sea-state. The 40-boat fleet retook the water early Friday morning.

Light air caused the first start of Race 5 to be abandoned, but a small storm brought breeze up the bay from the south. Race 5 was shortened after that same small storm sparked lightning, sending the fleet back to the harbor.

After a brief on-shore hold, the race committee sent the fleet back out onto Tampa Bay for Race 6, which - after two general recalls under penalty - got way before the 2 pm deadline.

At the finish of Race 6, racers were permitted to discard their worst finish, which the overall and para class winner, Dee Smith of the United States did not need. His throw-out was a third, permitting him to keep five bullets for the win.

"I want to thank New York Architects and Quantum Sails. It's been a great seven years," he said in an emotional speech about his time in the 2.4mR class. "I've sold my boat and this was my last time. It's been wonderful."

Former World Champ Megan Pascoe of the UK, who finished second in both Open and Para Sailing classes said, "It's nice to have the band back together after all this time! After Covid and everything, it's just wonderful to see old friends and make new ones in this class."

Ray Smith of Australia said, "We came with modest expectations and were greeted like long-lost family." In what organizers agree is the highest compliment, Smith concluded, "Davis Island Yacht Club felt like home."

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The regatta is scheduled to for Finland next year.

Prizes awarded:

Top Female: Megan Pascoe, UK
Master: Dee Smith, USA
Grandmaster: Marko Dahlberg, Finland
Top Rookie: Jeff Linton, USA
Top Youth: Delani Hume-Lawrence, Canada

Tuesday Sailor of the Day: Tony Pocklington, USA, for going above and beyond the call of duty
Friday Sailor of the Day: Tom Ripley, USA, The Landlubber, for being last into the water and last off the dock but getting to the start on time.

Sailors with Disabilities - top 3:

1. Dee Smith, USA
2. Megan Pascoe, UK
3. Antonio Squizzato

One Design - top 3:

1. Marko Dahlberg, Finland
2. Antonio Squizzato, Italy
3. Bruce Millar, Canada

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat nameHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1USA 7R 1Dee Smith3111115
2GBR 163Pink and StormyMegan Pascoe13323211
3FIN 196DecensMarko DahlbergSCP52317720
4ITA 1124MRAntonio Squizzato56445523
5USA 160noneJeff Linton7456OCS325
6CAN 75Life of BrianBruce Millar687112629
7FIN 201 Rikard Bjurström1278104433
8CAN 8ChaosAllan Leibel912108191049
9USA 3EdgeTony Pocklington139614121754
10FIN 173VoittoNiko Salomaa102205231855
11PUR 14NoneJulio Reguero813131316855
12CAN 2LisaLouise Anstey1110111213SCP57
13CAN 23ULAJackie Gay2216171771370
14USA 1424MRCharles Rosenfield18189208UFD73
15CAN 22CAN 22Peter Eagar2024141562075
16CAN 14WoodchuckPeter Wood1915181627977
17USA 23MeJeffery Reinhold15141618142277
18CAN 95South PawDelani Hulme‑Lawrence1420219152679
19USA 11SlackometerTim Ripley2423152391484
20USA 60TBDDavid Clement411DNFDNF102186
21USA 186Salty BanditJohn Seepe2119121932DNC103
22USA 21SpiritMatt Koblenzer272719DNF1816107
23CAN 88Rumbler 88Johan Koppernaes262123DNF1129110
24CAN 53World Peace TooChristopher Anstey282224DNF2023117
25CAN 42The AnswerJanice Graham‑Foscarini232522222525117
26USA 189GunterRudy TrejoDNFDNSDNF72212121
27USA 661LeftyChris Childers332825212628128
28USA 9Magic BusTheodore Green16DNSDNCDNC2411131
29CAN 19Clagett Grant BoatSiobhan MacDonaldSCP1727DNF21UFD131
30CAN 1CAN 1Alain Dubuc30302624DNF31141
31AUS 808TBARay SmithSCP26DNFDNC2930155
32CAN 68DugoutDoug Bell32DNFDNCDNC2827167
33AUS 34TBAJohn CollingwoodDNFDNFDNCDNC3315168
34USA 167YikesJay CorcoranDNFDNCDNCDNC3019169
35USA 152PolarisShan McAdoo17DNFDNCDNCOCSUFD177
36KOR 1OR1Seonhee Seo31DNFDNCDNC3432177
37USA 178Cayennita IVAntonio SanpereDNS29DNCDNC31UFD180
38USA 149MojoArthur BooksteinDNSDNFDNCDNC3533188

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