International 2.4metre World Championships Norway 2011
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Last weekend while our schooner Trinovante was in between sailing holidays in Alesund we came across the International 2.4metre class World Championships. Yes, we have got that right it is 2.4metre class and not 24metre.
You have to see them to believe how small they are. We were astonished to see this fleet of tiny yachts arrive, but as one Norwegian competitor Bjorn from Karmoey confidently stated
‘Great guys don’t need big toys’
2.4metres are proper little one person keel boats closely related to the 12 metre rule Americas Cup yachts. Racing these miniature yachts is very accessible, if you can turn up, get in the boat and work out how to pull the ropes and steer you can race. There is no need, and in fact no room, to move around onboard and optional hand or foot steering makes them ideal for disabled sailors to compete on an equal footing with able bodied people. They are also a Paralympic Class.
You do need around £10,000 to spare for buying a boat though….