Shields Regatta – September 18-20th, 2015:
With less than optimal wind, but 28 degree Annapolis sunshine at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Queen’s Keelboat Team prepared themselves for a testing weekend of high quality, one-design racing.
The first race of day 1 proved tricky, as the team struggled to find their groove early and found themselves in back of the fleet. However, after great speed and impressive teamwork, the team clawed their way back and salvaged a 4th. In the second race, the team worked extremely hard, constantly working to improve their sail trim and sailing a nearly flawless race, placing second behind their rivals, the California Maritime Academy. As the wind increased and riding on their momentum from the previous race, the team showed their true colours, and dominated the third race with a landslide victory. However, in the final race of the day, the team had poor start and found themselves fighting to catch the leaders, yet again. Though their talent shone through, as they passed 4 teams throughout the race to close out the first day with a forth place finish, putting them in a tie for first overall with the Californians.
With high winds predicted, the second day of the regatta was anticipated to be much more challenging and exciting. Low and behold, in the first race Queen’s battled through the big breeze, and in an exciting chase on the final leg, the team narrowly finished third. However, the team wasn’t satisfied with third, and after some spinnaker trouble at the first leeward mark rounding, the team’s tactics proved to be the deciding factor, and the team cruised onto another first place finish. Heading into the final race, the team remained tied with California for first. The team battled hard, fighting for the title throughout the entire race. Unfortunately, a few costly mistakes around the final mark rounding allowed for the Californians to pull away.
With their heads held high, the team’s resilience and talent led them to a second overall finish. Though the trophy may have evaded their grasps yet again, the team hopes to continue their success as they prepare for the Canadian Keelboat Championships.
Sailors were: Clifton Kartner ‘15, Claire Boileau ‘16, Nicholas Wright ‘16, Sam Thompson ‘17, Dan Sheedy ‘17, Connor MacKenzie ‘17, Cody Weeden ‘17, and Nick Schwenger ‘16