9 November 2014

Kennedy Cup

Second at College Sailing’s Big Boat National Championship


2nd place at College Sailing's Big-Boat Nationals! Left to right: Jack Breislin, Daniel Sheedy, Nick Wright, Clifton Kartner, Connor MacKenzie, Sean Magee-Saxton, Sam Thompson, and Will Jones.
2nd place at College Sailing's Big-Boat Nationals! Left to right: Jack Breislin, Daniel Sheedy, Nick Wright, Clifton Kartner, Connor MacKenzie, Sean Magee-Saxton, Sam Thompson, and Will Jones.

The Queens Keelboat Sailing team finished 2nd at the Kennedy Cup, the National Championship.

With winter quickly approaching, the Queen’s Sailing Team headed south one last time to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in North American Collegiate Keelboat Championship, the Kennedy Cup. This invitational event brought the best teams from all across the United States together for the first time all season, each team with their sights set on the cup.

The team arrived at the Naval Academy with their work cut out for them, as doing well at this event would not be an easy feat. However, the Gaels seemed unphased as they headed out Friday morning for the first race of the event in big breeze. With the wind sitting consistently at 45 kilometers per hour and gusting up to 75, the conditions pushed the teams to their limits. Queen’s battled through valiantly, placing 4th in the first race of the event. Unfortunately, the weather became too severe, cancelling racing for the day and sending the fleet home early.

Racing resumed on Saturday morning in much more manageable conditions, with Gaels eager to improve their standing at the event. The team started out slow, with a disappointing 7th place finish. However, the Gaels learned quickly from their mistakes, placing 5th in the second race. It was only as the breeze increased that the team found their stride, finishing Saturday off strong with consecutive 3rds in the final 2 races of the day. The team found themselves in 3rd place overall at the end of Saturday, one point out of second and with the rest of the fleet nipping at their heels.

Sunday would prove to be the defining day, with extremely light conditions across the Chesapeake. The Gaels worked hard to move up in the ranks, but an unlucky wind shift yielded a 5thin the first race of the day. With only one race to go, the Gaels were in a 3-way tie for 2nd place. Queen’s proved they were ready, leading the race from the get-go. Their tactical prowess showed, and the team closed out the event with a bullet, and 2nd place in the regatta.

Sailing for Queen’s were Clifton Kartner ‘15, Samuel Thompson ‘17, Sean Magee-Saxton ‘16, Will Jones ‘17, Daniel Sheedy ‘17, Jack Breislin ‘16, Connor MacKenzie ‘17, and Nicholas Wright ‘16 .

Full scores here and here’s the official regatta report.