A trio of BLS 2.4mRs

Mathilde 2.4mR Nov 2016

Our 2.4-Metre (2.4mR) Para World Sailing Class fleet has risen to three with the debut of Mathilde, who waltzed onto Belfast Lough recently to join sisters Peg and Skye allowing us to expand our racing fleet and capabilities going towards the 2017 Presidents Cup and beyond.

Mathilde’s arrival coincided with the exciting news that as part of World Sailing’s drive to get sailing back into the Paralympics for 2024, the 2.4mR has survived a re-jig of proposed Paralympic classes in which the Skud 18 and Sonar classes dropped out. The other exciting news for BLS is that the Hansa 303 is now included as a Para World Sailing events class with a chance of being selected as a Paralympics class.

So BLS remains well placed to continue to offer a sailing pathway for people living with disabilities that runs from simply having fun messing about in boats all the way to going for gold.

Mathilde was acquired from a UK donor charity.

Aled and Rory aboard Mathilde.

Aled and Rory aboard Mathilde.

Mathilde running downwind

Mathilde running downwind.

Rory sailing Mathilde 2

Rory sailing Mathilde

Rory sailing Mathilde.

Rory sailing Mathilde.

Mathilde setting sail for Belfast Lough from Carrickfergus Marina.

Mathilde setting sail for Belfast Lough from Carrickfergus Marina.

 

Main photo: Mathilde making her debut in perfect Belfast Lough autumn conditions.

(All photos by Anne Taylor)