On November 23-24 weekend, seven members of the Queen's Sailing Team traveled to Larchmont, NY to sail at the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. IOR is annually organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation and brought nearly 500 collegiate sailors from 50 schools to sail in the windy conditions of Long Island Sound.
The 50 schools were divided into 5 fleets, and Queen's competed on an Express 37 keelboat in the PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) division. As the team was rigging on Saturday they observed very high wind speeds, and faced both high winds and seas throughout the day. Two races were run on Saturday, before the race committee called the day to a close. Queen's finished second in both of these races, finishing narrowly behind Georgetown both times.
Conditions remained heavy on Sunday, and the race committee was hesitant to send out boats in the high waves and wind. After a few hours of postponement, the regatta was officially declared over, and Queen's was awarded a second place finish for the PHRF division. The team was very happy with this result, and hopes to continue to grow the keelboat program's success in the weeks and seasons to come.
Special thanks to Storm Trysail Foundation, and Larchmont Yacht Club for organizing and hosting this event, , and Halsey Bullen for the use of his boat!
See the regatta results here.
Here's a video posted by Mac Morrin
Here are photos by Maureen Koeppel (embedded in a YouTube video).