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1 November 2012

2012 Henry Luce Regatta and CICSA Fleet Racing Nationals at McGill

The National Fleet Racing Title goes to McGill.

By Joy MacDonald and Graham Hutchings

The 2012 Fleet Racing Nationals were hosted at McGill.
The 2012 Fleet Racing Nationals were hosted at McGill.
It was a dissapointing 3rd place finish for the Gaels.
It was a dissapointing 3rd place finish for the Gaels.

This past weekend the Queen’s Sailing Team competed in two regattas, the Fleet Racing Nationals at McGill and the Henry Luce Regatta in New Jersey.

Queen’s also traveled to McGill for the Canadian Intercollegiate National Fleet Racing Championships, held at The Royal St Lawrence Yacht Club. Competition was steep for the defending champs. The eight teams from across Canada were all gunning for top spot. Teams included Dalhousie, UBC, McGill, University of Ottawa, McMaster, Royal Military College, HEC, and Queen’s.

On Saturday, the wind was light and shifty out of the north, creating challenging conditions as teams battled the current for every advantage. Representing Queen’s was Arielle Morgan, David Kagan, Matthew Sullivan and Will Schwenger. Racing was close, as each school had brought their best sailors for an attempt at the title. Races were often won and lost at the finish line. At the end of the day, after a few protest and redress hearings, Queen’s was in second behind McGill, with UBC, Ottawa, and Dalhousie just points behind.

The wind on Sunday was a little stronger but still light with oscillating shifts. Several races had to be abandoned because of the conditions. After dying a few times the wind finally built over the day and the last race was sailed in 8-10 knots. Unfortunately Queen’s was not able to catch McGill, whose B division sailed a near perfect regatta winning 6 of the 9 races. Dalhousie also had an exceptional day and while McGill, UBC, and Queen’s battled it out they snuck in to claim second spot. Queen’s finished 3rd overall. Thank you to McGill for hosting a great regatta.

Henry Luce Regatta

The Henry Luce Regatta was sailed out of Tom’s River Yacht Club in New Jersey and was hosted by Ocean County College. For Queen’s, A fleet had Paul Throop and Sean Magee-Saxton and for B fleet was Mathew Reeves and Eric Goldfarb. The conditions were tough; the wind was very up and down in strength between 5 and 10 knots and very shifty. Queen’s had many top 5 finishes including a 1 first place finish and all races were completed on Saturday and Queen’s managed to finish in 5th overall. Full results: