2.4 Metre (keelboat)

2.4mR is the official class designation of a small keel boat, with around 30 ships is one of Germany still one of the smaller classes. Worldwide, however, the two- point -four is a term, since it is the class with which the individual competitions are held in sailing at the Paralympic Games since 2000.


The 2.4mR class is named after its credit rating - the measurement value, resulting among other things from the length, width and displacement values ​​of the hull and the sail dimensions. If a value is according to personal demands of the sailor changed, the others must be adjusted so that the measurement value is calculated again.

Historical Background

The races of the America 's Cup in the 12-Metre class off Newport (Rhode Iceland ), USA, were the catalyst for the development of the so -called mini - Twelve in 1980.


Three well-known boat designers Odd Lindqvist, Peter Norlin and Hakan is sailed Sodergren designed 1983, this yacht, which is represented mainly in Scandinavia with more than 300 units, as well as in England, the Netherlands, the USA and Australia.

The popularity is due to the property that the boat is just perfect for adaptation to severely disabled people. For different disabilities, it is easy to convert, it is unsinkable and very easy to sail.

Normally, the boot is controlled by pedals. For people who suffer from paralysis or various types of amputations, the necessary adjustments and changes can be carried out in the cockpit in order to compete with non-disabled sailors under the same conditions.

Status as an Olympic boat

With the help of Scandinavian Yachting Association, the dimension principles of the 260 kg heavy, equipped with 7.5 square meter sail area and prepared in Swedish and Finnish shipyards keel boat of the International Yacht Racing Union ( ISAF ) were presented in London in 1988. In 2000, the ship received the official Olympic status.

In German Championships sailing, as in the class a common practice, the disabled and able-bodied sailors indiscriminately on the same race course against each other for the win. Only at the end of the championship, there is a "handicapped " evaluation for the disabled athletes.

The best-known sailors in this class is the gold medalist at the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and seven times World Champion Heiko Kröger from Kiel, who three times won the Kiel Week 2004, and again finished 4th place at the Paralympic Games in Athens.