2014-07-28 blog


(and a BBQ at KYC)

This Wednesday, July 30th
Kitsilano Yacht Club

Join your fellow m242 sailors at Kits Yacht Club after racing for a BBQ followed by an evening of  the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks contest on English Bay!

BBQ tickets are $5 for fleet one members/ $10 for non-members and include a burger and two salads.
(Apparently there is some beer left over from the BBQ in June, otherwise BYOB.)


The Kits Yacht Club will be asking for non-specific donations from members and guests during the firework celebrations this year. 
All of the funds collected will go to their future Junior Racing Program. This has been something they've have been trying to bring back to the KYC and the goal is to find the funds to purchase 2 420s to get the club out racing in the Youth events in English Bay.
Any help from the M242 fleet would be greatly appreciated.
Steve Haynes
KYC General Manager



COW BAY REGATTA - Aug. 2,3 - Cowichan Bay

The annual fun-fest and champagne yacht racing is ready for you.  ARE YOU READY FOR IT?  It's just the best time for Fleet One to punish the Islanders ;)



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.


CENTRE BAY WEEKEND - 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.


2014 May

Racing Matters

News from M242 Fleet One's Fleet Captain, Alan Sturgess


The 2014 season on April 5 with the One Design Regatta. Seven boats came out and five races were completed.  The wind cooperated with a good variety of breeze, along with steady, miserable rain. Tom Sitar, in No Worries dominated the fleet with five bullets, followed up by Craig Strand’s 2nd place finish in Whippet.

The fleet is pleased to welcome two more boats into the fleet. This gives a further boost to the three new boats added to the fleet in the fall. An RVYC Intermediate member, Sebastian Fritz who has a lot of competitive sailing experience purchased Ruckus from Nanaimo and it is currently in the water at RVYC Jericho. 

Dark Horse  has been re-activated by Chris Tulip along with his father John. Dark Horse (157) is on the hard at Royal Van.

The annual Fleet Open House was held on Sunday April 6 and 6 boats attended to introduce a number of prospective crews to the Fleet.  The very light winds finally improved after noon to give the new crews a good taste of  M242 performance, followed by great food and conversation on the club’s sunny patio lounge.

The M242 fleet is pleased to launch two new programs this season. The first is the new M242 Mentor Racing program. Under the plan each of the five new boats that joined the fleet in the past 6 months is matched up with five senior competitive skippers and their crews. The fleet’s goal is to bring the skills of the new skippers and crews up the competitive ladder sooner. At the same time the mixing of the new crews will enhance the camaraderie and social aspects of the fleet.

Also new to the fleet this season is on the water video and GoPro camera nights. The M242 fleet is bringing in professional coaches from MacSailing for on the water starting and mark rounding, followed by rules discussions and queries from the racers. The M242 fleet’s prime goal of this program is to grow the skills of all the racers and make competitive racing more fun.  

Alan Sturgess
M242 Fleet Captain


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