PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2019) – The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club is proud to announce Charlotte Harbor has been selected as the host site for the 2019/2020 2.4mR CanAm Regatta Series and will serve as the competition venue for the annual Hospice Regatta.

The 5th Annual Charlotte Harbor Hospice Regatta will take place Nov. 15-17, 2019. It is a qualifying event for the National Hospice 2020 Championship. This regatta and is open to all sailors from any area club with a monohull or multihull sailboat that conforms to class rules and holds a valid West Florida PHRF certificate. The Notice of Race and official entry form can be found online at CharlotteHarborYachtClub.com/racing.html or pgscweb.com/Racing.htm. An awards ceremony, cookout and auction to raise funds for Tidewell Hospice will be held at 5 p.m., Nov. 17 at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister St., Port Charlotte, Fla. 33952. Cookout is $20; reservations are encouraged.

The five-race CanAm Championship Series will take place Dec. 10-11, 2019, with the CHYC Midwinters and conclude with the CanAm Finale on March 27-29, 2020. Registration, vessel launching and social events will take place at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Additional information is available on the Regatta Series webpage. https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/19911

What are the 2.4mR sailboats? According to the 2.4mR USA, “the 2.4 meter is perhaps the best, most fun single-handed boat you will ever sail.  It can be tactical, technical, and fast as you want it to be. This 2.4m class includes former Americas Cup sailors, one-design champions, disabled sailors, cruising class sailors and people of all ages and genders who love to sail.”

CHYC has a strong history hosting 2.4mR events. It hosted the 2.4mR Pre-Worlds in December 2011 prior to the IFDS World Championships hosted by Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc. in January 2012.  Following up on that success, CHYC and the 2.4 U.S. Class Association created the 2.4mR CanAm Series which included more than 13 boats competing in multiple races from December 2016 - April 2017.  In 2017-2018, last Regatta Series, 22 boats competed. In addition, the 2.4mR Western Hemisphere Championships was held on Charlotte Harbor in February 2018.

The regatta dates are as follows:
Dec 10-11, 2019                             CHYC Midwinters CanAm #1
Dec 13-15, 2019                              US Nationals CanAm #2
Jan 25-26, 2020                               Edge Midwinters CanAm #3
Feb 22-23, 2020                               CanAm #4 
March 27-29, 2020                         CanAm Finale #5

Tony Pocklington is the president of the 2.4mR US Class Association. He has just returned home from two weeks in Genoa, Italy where he participated in the 2.4mR Open World Championship at The Yacht Club Italiano. Tony was the only participant from North America and raced under the American flag and the CHYC burgee. He made us all proud when he placed 20th out of 91 other competitors from around the world.  

Come out on the water by 10:30 a.m. each day of the CanAm regattas and tune your VHF radio to channel 72 to listen to the informational discussions between the committee boats.  The 2019/2020 2.4mR CanAm Regatta Series promises fun-filled and challenging racing! See former Olympians returning to Charlotte Harbor to mix it up with spirited, smart and competitive racers.  In fact, CHYC’s very own Tony Pocklington and one of its newest members, Dee Smith, who represented the U.S. in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, will be among the racers.  In their December races, out of the 20 participating boats, five were sailed by Paralympions from Norway, Canada and the U.S. Internationally recognized sailors in our own backyard…it just doesn’t get any better!

Located on Florida’s coveted Southwest Gulf Coast, halfway between Tampa and Naples, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is a charming collection of coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers pristine, unspoiled beauty. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach showcases a variety of vibrant experiences. From beaches to boating, hiking to harbor tours, fishing to nature discovery; to sun, shelling and fossilized sharks teeth, the destination celebrates the active traveler and lively local in search of relaxation and unlimited discovery. Most notably known for its 830 miles of pristine unparalleled shoreline, including captivating river passages, a mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and more than a dozen miles of natural Gulf beaches, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast includes the areas of Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, El Jobean, Englewood-Cape Haze, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key, Knight Island, Placida, Babcock Ranch, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. To learn more about Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach, visit http://PureFlorida.com, call 1-800-652-6090 or engage with the destination on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @RealPureFlorida. Looking for fast, unique destination facts? 

Martin Holland
Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club
Tel: 941-286-0722 or martinh@LDreeves.com

Sean Doherty                                                 
Sports Marketing Manager                                                           
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau                         

Tel: 941-743-1900 or sean.doherty@charlottecountyfl.gov