2014-08-04 Fleet Capt blog

From your Fleet Captain:

Wednesday Evening Racing Overall Results Now Up Date.
With the great work from Lauren, Daragh and Craig the results of the 15 Evening Races are on line for the fleet to analyze and determine what they must now do to sharpen their skills for the next 7 evenings. Michael Clements is again showing his colours with a strong 30 point lead ahead of Matt Alexander with Scarlet
And the next pack of three boats are in a very tight race 30 points back from Srarlet.  Tom Sitar of Now Worries managed to move three points ahead of  Alan Sturgess on  Silver Bullet,  and Scott Kerr on Polar Bear is only 11 points back.  We have had great winds this season and nearly always being able to complete two races per night. So there is lots of time in the next 7 evenings for boats to change standings and improve their results.   

This year we have seen 22 boats out there for a high percentage of the Wendesday evening races.
Please mark your calendar for the second Wednesday Night Video event sponsored by MacSailing for some great shots of starts and mark roundings.  The Fleet is looking for someone who can provide a extra camera to set up on the starting line to clearly show the BFDs from the Race Committee. If you have a GoPro or know a friend who has one please try and bring it out on the water that night.  We are aiming to have the viewing session after the Labour Day Regatta and before he last Wednesday evening race on Sepember 17th.
And yes, it is hard to believe that we are already 70% through the 2014 M242 racing season.  Do remember to mark down the following events and dates.

Englsh Bay Scramble  -  Saturday August 16th 

Tiddly Cove’s annual North Sails English Bay Scramble is the most interesting and popular sailboat race in Vancouver.  The English Bay Scramble is a unique race where tacticians have free rein in how the marks are rounded, even which way to cross the start line. It delivers a unique combination of:

  • the strategic challenges of a long distance race (varying sea states, winds, tides
  • a legendary after-party! (BBQ, music and prizes)
  • an open, low-intensity format, suitable to sailors of all experience levels (and budgets!)

The Party:

After the race join all the skippers and crew for the free party, results, awards and more at our new venue, the Kits Yacht Club.   Skippers, you're dinner ticket is included FREE at the door with your paid registration.

  • Fully catered Burger Bar complete with salads, chips and more, including your first beer or wine for only $25.  Cash only please.
  • Bar opens immediately after the race until 11pm.  Cash only please.
  • Music and dancing.
  • Results, awards and prizes.
  • Bring your crew to the best after-party of the year.

For further information check the Tiddly Cove Web site   http://tiddlycove.bc.ca/event-803368

Centre Bay Regatta - Labour Day Weekend

 - the party of parties combining with M242s from all the bay along with our great friends in the Dragon Fleet.  This is special event for the M242s as it has been a long term tradition when non RVYC M242s are welcome to join the fleet of the RVYC offshore station at Alexandra Island in Centre Bay Gambier Island.  For further information contact Allan Strain the M242 organizer for the event.  tel 604-732-7346  or e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Two Day One Design Regatta September 20th & 21st and after sailing dinner September 20th 

The M242 fleet is teaming up with the Star and Dragon fleets to have a wind up the two day regatta followed with a Saturday afternoon and evening dinner.  The affair will be an after racing social that encourages skippers and crews to bring their spouses, partners and kids down for the after racing celebrations.  Watcht for more e-mail blasts detailing the various events being organized by the three fleets. There will be great prizes for all the boats and this will be a new event for great fun and and again the M242 Fleet will winding up the day with another M242 FREE pitcher of beer for each boat competing. I have learned that to get elected for sure as the Fleet Captain in the M242 fleet FREE beer is the answer!

Fraser River Lightship Saturday October 4th
Fleet members are asking what is the Fraser Lighship Race?  This  is a great "short" long distance race starting at the Bell Buoy just off Spanish Banks and to the Fraser River Lightship mark off the south arm of the Fraser River and back to the finish line off the RVYC Jericho Dock. It has been run by RVYC for 50 plus years. And to encourage  more boats this year the event is a counter for points for the Out of The Bay Series.  Since there only two buoys to go around it is a great race to bring crew members who have not done a lot of "pressure can" races fighting at the weather an leeward rounding marks.  It is definitely one to bring a good lunch and your case of favourite craft beer.

We look forward to see you on the water

Alan Sturgess
Fleet Captain
M242 Fleet One

2014-07-28 blog


Congratulations to TOO WICKED. Michael claims another notch on his boom.  Full M242 results are here.



Marina Del Rey, California

Denise George has said that there are a couple of M242s available for charter.  It's not too late! Fly down for fun in the sun!

More information here.



Aug. 30,31,Sept 1.


M242s and the Dragon Fleet have their annual cruise/race to beautiful Centre Bay on Gambier Island.

Dragons host their Dragons' Breath cocktails on Saturday while Fleet One celebrates Founder's Day with the Fleet sponsored Cocktail Party and communal appies.

Fun races for the coveted Dew Drop Trophy happen Sunday (and, if we're organized, Saturday afternoon).


2014 Class Rules update

Update to International Martin 242 Class Rules

The following rules have been reviewed and adopted as of May 1, 2014.

Rule 3.3.17 Deck tensioning strap system to reduce deck compression when under load (NEW)

M242 Fleet 1 - Vancouver, initiated a new Class Rule 3.3.17 to allow boats to implement a new deck tensioning system to reduce or eliminate the upward flexing of the deck that can occur around the mast collar area when the shrouds are tensioned. Several pictures of fittiings to help show what a sample system might look like plus a few of the individual component options can be seen here. The rule change was passed in March 2014 and the updated Class Rules are now current as of 2014-04-17. A pdf copy of the revised rules can be downloaded here.

Rule - Changing crew (members or numbers) or Equipment during a Major Regatta (REVISED)

M242 Fleet 1 & 2 - Vancouver / Vancouver Island, revised Rule which deals with changes to crew or equipment during a National, North American, or International Championship Regatta. The new wording completely replaces the old wording, and restricts the Rule to the above-mentioned Championship events. Organizing Authorities who wish to invoke the Rule for other events, such as a local Fleet Championship Series or a regional regatta, may simply state in the NOR and SI's that the Rule applies to a specific event or Series, should they so choose.

The rule change was passed in April 2014, and the change in the rule wording was prompted by a desire to define specifically which "IMCA-Sanctioned" events the rule applied to.

Thank you to Michael Clements for keeping the Class Rules up to date.


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