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19 April 2015

Cornell MAISA Spring Qualifier

Eighth of eighteen.

Zac and Sean heading out at the MAISA Spring Qualifier at Cornell!
Zac and Sean heading out at the MAISA Spring Qualifier at Cornell!

Day 1

Sailing began in the mid-morning as the breeze rose to around 12 knots from the northwest with a few clouds. Sean Magee-Saxton (crew) and Zac Baum (skipper) were in A Fleet and started off with a 14th place. The breeze rose to around 15 knots and racing was postponed until the afternoon when A fleet completed the set with a 2nd and an 8th. We were eager to sail more, as we prefer heavier wind conditions, but the day was done with only 3 races completed.

Day 2

On Sunday, the wind was slow to arrive, and never materialized fully. David Kagan (crew) and Clifton Kartner went out for B fleet and got a 7th, and 8th and another 8th. A Fleet went back on the water as the breeze remained puffy, shifty and light, hovering around 5 knots. Sean and Zac got a 10th and a 16th in their two races of the day. David and Jonah Burke-Kleinman (skipper) went out with B Fleet to finish off the day. Overcoming substantial shifts, some of them full 180 degrees, Jonah and David ended up with a respectable 5th and 10th place finished to complete the regatta for Queen’s.

Queen’s sailors handled shifty conditions well in their first regatta since the fall season, but struggled on the start line with the large fleet and failed to make the top 3 to qualify. We were happy to gain the experience and enjoyed the nice weather over the weekend. Thanks to Cornell for hosting.

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

Video by our own Zac Baum from the MAISA Spring Qualifier at Cornell.