July 12, 2019
Checking The Start LineAll Photos by Dave Brede

Held at Orcas Island Yacht Club on June 29 and 30, the 2019 M242 North American Championship had its biggest turnout at 27 boats since 2012, and Mike George with is team of Alan Field, Jennifer Hylander, and Jennifer Arrington, all from Los Angeles, won it for the 4th time. Michael Clements and his team of Justin Hall, Micah van der Heide, and Michael Jarrott ended up 2nd overall (they had previously won the event 3 times). Alex Fox, 2-time winner, was 3rd, along with his team of Heidi Leckenby, Lou Hamel, and Karl Forsberg. Going into the 9th race, Mike George and Michael Clements were tied on a drop race basis, but Mike managed to escape from a terrible start in the 9th race and lined out to the right side of the course for a win, and that put the end to Clements' aspirations when he followed up with a 5th in the final race.

Start M242 NAs Dave BredeMany boats had rock stars on board which made for a truly tough event. Marri Todd of Royal Victoria Yacht Club was the top woman at the event in 4th place, ably assisted by Jeff Eckhart as tactician, followed closely by Betsy Wareham of Orcas Island Yacht Club. Michael Bond of Melges 24 fame could be found on Anthony Collett's boat, where they finished in 10th overall. Ken Holland and team made a return to 242's in Blackadder Goes Forth, after a 2-year stint in the Melges Class.

A Perfect Spinnaker RunWest Sound on Orcas Island was a terrific venue with 2-12 knot shifty breezes 90% out of the north, and the Orcas Island Yacht Club put on a fantastic Class A Regatta.

Congratulations to Ken Machtley, Chris White, and the organizing crew for raising the bar on hosting the North Americans in the Pacific Northwest. It's hard to beat good food, music, venue, and weather, along with meeting up again with good friends to make a truly enjoyable event. As one participant said, "West Sound is certainly on the map for many more 242ers from now on!"

The Race Committee under Paul Ulibarri, PRO, did an excellent job getting off 5 races each day for a total of 10. He was ably assisted by his wife Vicki, plus ex-242 racers Alex and Sue Foley and Dave and Lynn Sutherland, among many OIYC volunteers. Don Martin, the Designer and original Builder for the Class, was also in attendance, handling the Protest Committee aspect, accompanied by his wife Annabelle.

Next year's NA's, the 40th Edition, is scheduled to be at California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, after which the event rotates back to Vancouver.

Here’s a link to the M242 Regional Racing Calendar (accessible via www.m242fleetone.org)
Mark Rounding Dave BredeRound The Mark Dave Brede










Beneteau Oceanis 30.1The Oceanis official US debut will be at the upcoming Newport International Boat Show in September and will be featured at the United States Sailboat show in Annapolis in October.

With an overall size under 30 feet and a light displacement of less than 8,805 lbs., the Oceanis is easily trailerable without a wide load permit. If you prefer to access your sailing grounds by canals and rivers, the lifting keel and rotating mast open a world of endless possibilities. Perfect for sailing on lakes or for coastal hopping, this new Oceanis is, nevertheless, a robust category B sailing yacht, fitted for offshore sailing. The smallest of the range offers the biggest choice of programs! 

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Grady White Freedom 235 Dual ConsoleBy Jill Snider

Once again, I had the pleasure of joining CY’s test guru Andy Adams on a boat review. This time, out on Georgian Bay, we put the Grady White Freedom 235 Dual Console to the test. There are so many great things to tell you about this classic beauty.

If I were required to compare Grady White’s Freedom 235 Dual Console to an animal, I would tell you that she has the character of a Labrador Retriever. Here are a few reasons why...

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Coal Harbour MarinaVancouver is ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world. You can explore much of the cityscape by water and moor at several marinas. The city offers the marine visitor a panoply of fine dining, waterside pubs, shopping and cultural amenities.

English Bay and False Creek, one of the choice urban boating destinations in North America, bring you into the heart of the city. Good moorage and anchorages are available and there is lots happening both on the water and all along the shoreline.



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