The final weekend of 2015 competition season saw the Queen’s Sailing Team back in Annapolis for the U.S. Keelboat Nationals, the Kennedy Cup.
With very strong finishes earlier in the season the team was hoping for top results but unfortunately fell short of our goals.
On Friday starting issues plagued the team, but thanks to a bold call to keep full canvas while others went to reefs or blade jibs, the team managed to recover and end the day with a 4, 4.
Saturday saw much lighter winds, but again with poor starts the team struggled to make gains in the light wind with minimal lanes into the next shift. Due to the stellar work from tactician Sam Thompson the team managed to pull out a 3 in one of the days three races to keep us apparently in the running for a podium spot. Unfortunately because of a race committee error, teams who should have been OCS had to be given redress, and this set the Gaels outside of a realistic podium finish.
On Sunday after a change to starting strategy the Gaels were finally able to get off the line in good position, but too little too late and overall results left us in 6th place, in a very tightly scored regatta.
Overall a disappointing result for last year’s second place finishers, but with six of the eight sailors returning next year, there will be more good things to come from the Queen’s keelboat program.
We look forward to seeing Cal Maritime, the winners, at the Student Yachting World Cup, which Queen’s qualified for by winning the CICSA Keelboat Championships this season.