CPS Saskatchewan Courses

Canadian Power and Sail Saskatchewan Squadron offers various courses of interest to boaters. Get more details or register at http://cps-sask.ca/.

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This post was written by mheseltine on May 9, 2015

YOUTH FUND

Sask Sailing Youth Fund Donation

The Sask Sailing Youth Fund supports youth sailing in Paralympic, Youth, Canada Games and Olympic Class boats in training, instruction and racing. Proceeds are used to purchase new or used training and racing boats, sails and related equipment, or to support youth athletes to attend National Regattas.

Donations are recognized by Revenue Canada Charities Division under Registered Canadian Amateur Athletics Association – business number 88938 6868 RR0001.

Saskatchewan Sailing Clubs Association with Sask Sport Inc. are accredited by the Canadian Council of Provincial and Territorial Sport Federations (CCP&TSF) to act as the Saskatchewan Branch of the National Sport Trust Fund.

The donation form is here.

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This post was written by mheseltine on April 16, 2014

Parasailing in the 2.4 mR class

Parasailing in the 2.4mR

Paul Tingley of Canada Joe Gerlinsky of Saskatchewan

Sailing is a Paralympic and Canada Games sport. At the Canada Games, the class for sailors with disabilties is the 2.4 metre boat (2.4mR). The boat looks like a very small America’s Cup yacht from the days of the 12 metre class. The “metre” is a measurement derived from a mathematical formula; the 2.4mR is actually 13½ ft. long.

Increasing interest is being shown in the class in Saskatchewan. The 2015 Canadian National Championships were held in Victoria. Competitors from Saskatchewan included Colette Bourgonje, Marie Gareau, Joe Gerlinsky and Kryztle Shewchuk.

With most of the weight in the keel for stability, the boat will not capsize or flip over. The sails are adjustable from inside the boat, with the controls right in front of the sailor. Both hand-steering and foot-steering are possible. Some boats are modified for sip-and-puff control. The boat is sailed with a mainsail and a jib.

Since the helmsperson does not have to move around to provide stability, the sailing is not physically demanding. Instead, 2.4mR racing focuses on sail trim, manoeuvring, tactics and strategy. Racing may be done in one open class with male, female, able-bodied and disabled sailors racing together. Some events are designated for disabled sailors only.

The boat’s performance in integrated sailing has been shown at several World Championships. The World Champions in 2002, 2005 and 2010 were disabled athletes. Paul Tingley of Canada, who is paraplegic, has been at the front of the fleet, winning Paralympic Gold in 2008 and the Open World Championship in 2010. Joe Gerlinsky, from Saskatchewan, won a silver medal in 2.4mR at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

The 2.4mR is sailed worldwide. In 1992, the 2.4 Metre Class attained “International Status”, and World Championships have been held annually since then, attracting 60-100 boats. The 2.4mR was selected as the single-handed class at the Paralympics in Sydney 2000 where sailing was a full medal paralympic sport for the first time. The class has been in all Paralympics since then. The biggest fleets are found in the Scandinavian countries, Italy, England and Australia.

Text Box:  International 2.4 Metre Class Association

ISAF Status: International (1993)

Type: Keelboat

No. of crew: 1

Designed: 1982
Secretary: Steve BULLMORE
President: Pal KRAGSET

Website: http://www.inter24metre.org

Links:

Canada: http://canada24mr.com

USA: http://www.us24meter.org

Racing at the Canada Games 2013

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This post was written by mheseltine on December 18, 2013