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27 October 2013

Three-peat as CICSA Team Racing National Champions

Queen's holds all CICSA sailing titles for the second time in three years.

By The Team

Queen's Sailing Ties for Third at MAISA Match Racing Championship.
Queen's Sailing Ties for Third at MAISA Match Racing Championship.

On October 26-27 weekend, the Sailing Team sent athletes to three different competitions across Canada and the North-Eastern United States.

CICSA Team Racing Nationals: Queen’s three-peat.

In Montreal, six Queen’s Sailors captured the Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s (CICSA) National Team Racing Championship for the third year in a row.

Coming on the heels of last weekends CICSA National Fleet Racing Championship win, this victory cemented Queen’s as the dominant force in Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing.

MAISA Match Racing Championships

Also on October 26-27 weekend, the Queen’s sailing team travelled to King’s Point New York to compete in the MAISA Match Racing Championships.

Lance Fraser, Oliver Neal, Julia Manarin, and Daniel Sheedy represented the Gaels at this event, which featured competitive sailing programs from some of the best American collegiate schools.

Saturday started with high winds, which continued to build throughout the day. Racing followed a round robin format, in which each team went head to head once over the course of the day to generate a seeding list for the following rounds. At the close of the day, the team had qualified for the semi finals and was very pleased with their tactical performance.

On Sunday morning, the breeze remained heavy as well as shifty, providing challenging conditions. Queen’s competed against Georgetown in the semi-finals, and was narrowly edged out after two races. Petite finals were not run, and the team finished the regatta in a tie for third place. Thank you to the US Merchant Marine Academy for hosting the event, and congratulations to Georgetown and St. Mary’s University for clinching berths at US Nationals in November!

King’s Point Dinghy Open

Four of uour young sailors competed at the King’s Point Dinghy Open, facing tough competition and high winds to finish in 18th.

  • Andrew Faurschou ‘16
  • Sean Magee-Saxton ‘16
  • Alex Smyth ‘15
  • Cameron Wyndham ‘16

From the Regatta Report

Saturday, October 26:

A day for the windy crews at the KPDO! We started the day with a medium south westerly. At around 11:30 the forecast proved to be correct with the breeze ramping up into the 20s. During race 5 racing turned into survival mode with gusts over 25knots. We had an extended lunch break waiting for the wind to die a bit. Around 2:15 we went back out but only used 1 fleet of boats to make things more manageable. Great heavy air racing took place and sailors seemed to enjoy it!

3 protests were heard resulting in two DSQ’s. Only 1 breakdown was granted.

Thank you to Michael Callahan and Charles Higgins for hearing the protests, Morgan Wilson for helping with RC work, and UB for helping sort out the scrambled sail bags after all teams had left for the day. As always, thanks to the KP Mids for running a great day of sailing.

Sunday, October 27:

Day two at the KPDO had a very shifty and puffy West North Westerly breeze direction. The pressure ranged from 6-17 knots. We started race 9A before 9:50 and finished with 16 races in each division around 2:15. We had an extended morning with no lunch break and finished the event earlier allowing teams plenty of time to drive home. Courses were W-4’s with offset and gate all weekend.

1 protest was hear resulting in a DSQ. Army was a no-show. Thanks to Russ O’Reilly for hearing the protest and to the KP Midshipmen for setting marks.

See full scores from King’s Point here.