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)
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Cobourg Yacht Club - 2015 Sailing instructorsKatherine Stone

Like many other harbours on Lake Ontario, Cobourg has seen its fair share of changes. Screams used to be heard from kids piled into a toboggan on wheels that went hurtling down a wooden slide into the harbour. Above it all was the bustling din from the waterfront of ship’s whistles, train engines, foghorns and thundering coal cars. It is now a rather serene place for the locals and visitors to enjoy various watercraft. Fortunately, the beautiful beach that lines the waterfront is still a star attraction for the town.

Located 95 kilometres east of Toronto and 62 kilometres east of Oshawa on the north edge of Lake Ontario, United Empire Loyalists first starting arriving in the area as early as the 1780s. The first settlement in 1798 was called Buckville, later renamed Amherst, then called Hamilton (after the township) and also nicknamed Hardscrabble. It wasn’t until 1819 that they finally settled on the name of Cobourg, which was incorporated as a town in 1837. In the late 1820s large schooners with passengers and cargo had to anchor well off shore, as there was only a landing wharf. A group of Toronto businessmen formed the Cobourg Harbour Company which built the wooden Eastern Pier from tolls charged for the use of the harbour.

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CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.


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Beneteau Oceanis 30.1As boat builders clamber to create ever-bigger platforms for ever-more generous budgets, the entry-level cruiser has become an elusive animal. Sure, if you want to daysail, there are plenty of small open boats from which to choose, but if you want a freshly built pocket cruiser, you’re in for a long search. Enter French builder Groupe Beneteau, which identified this gap in the market and set about creating the Oceanis 30.1, an adorable little cruiser that resembles her larger siblings in all but length and price. With all she offers, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call her a mini yacht.

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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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