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21 October 2012

2012 CICSA Team Racing National Champions

Queen’s wins the Team Racing National Title, and races the Kings Point Open.

By Joy MacDonald and Graham Hutchings

A breezy Teams Nationals regatta
A breezy Teams Nationals regatta
Queen's dominated for a second year in a row.
Queen's dominated for a second year in a row.

This past weekend, October 20-21, Queen’s University hosted the Canadian Intercollegiate National Team Racing Championships, held at Kingston Yacht Club. Six teams from across Canada came and enjoyed a great weekend of sailing. Teams included Dalhousie, McGill, University of Ottawa/Carleton, McMaster, Royal Military College and Queen’s.

On Saturday, the wind was a steady and built throughout the day to about 15-20 knots. Queen’s sailors included varying teams made up of Matt Reeves, Nicole Czegledy, Paul Throop, Oliver Blake, Arielle Morgan, David Kagan, Matthew Sullivan and Nick Schwenger.

At the end of the day, after a few protest and redress hearings, Queen’s came out undefeated with McGill very close behind.

The wind on Sunday was very puffy with oscillating shifts reaching upwards of 14-16 knots. Roby Douglas and Nick Schwenger, Paul Throop and Will Schwenger, and Mathew Sullivan and David Kagan represented Queen’s in the playoff rounds.

In the first round, Queen’s faced McGill. With very close finishes, Queen’s won the round and got a by to the finals, where we battled McGill once again. The finals were a best of three series and despite losing the first race against McGill, Queen’s won the next two consecutive races and maintained their title of National Team Racing Champions!

Thank you to the many volunteers from the Kingston Yacht Club and the Queen’s Sailing Team who helped to make this event possible. Thank you also to the many umpires who helped to adjudicate the racing.

2012 Team Racing Nationals Sunday playoff

King’s Point Open

QST also sent 4 of the dinghy sailors down to King’s Point, New York to race in the King’s Point Open Dinghy Regatta. Jonah Burke-Kleinman and Taylor Stubbins were the skippers with Rhianna Henderson and Isabella Miri as their crew. The conditions on Saturday were unfavorable to the sailors as there were 4 hour delays due to the complete lack of wind, but when the wind finally picked up there was between 5-15 knots of wind with gust closer to 20 knots, perfect for a solid 10 races to be completed.

On Sunday there was perfect conditions for the regatta, 10-20 knots of wind that built throughout the day and another 6 races were completed. The sailing was intense and very technical for the sailors. QST placed 17th out of 20 and were proud of their accomplishments since for many of them it was their first collegiate regatta ever.

Next weekend, October 27-28, Queen’s will defend another title and compete in the Fleet Racing National Championships at McGill University.