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29 October 2016

CICSA Fleet Nationals, and War at St Mary's

By Jeffrey Morris

Queen's and RMC at the 2016 CICSA Fleet Nationals.
Queen's and RMC at the 2016 CICSA Fleet Nationals.

Two regattas this weekend:

Fleet Racing Nationals at RMC

With a 20-25 knot breeze and large waves, it was an extremely windy day on Saturday. The race committee didn’t let the Kingston wind cancel racing, but the conditions proved to be tough.

In A fleet, Zac Baum and Reid Goldman raced together, while Brendan Aulthouse and Marc de Verteuil sailed in B fleet.

Queen’s, being used to the Kingston wind, took advantage of the conditions and sailed several great races. Unfortunately, a variety of mishaps had the Gaels finishing the day with 2 OCS’s and 1 retired race, pushing the Queen’s Sailing Team to 4th place overall on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, the heavy breeze left and the cold weather came in. With the wind between 3 and 8 knots, and temperatures around 4 degrees, sailing was tough, but Queen’s sailed exceptionally well. The Gaels had the best score of the day, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to bring Queen’s back to the top of the leaderboard. Queen’s finished in fourth place, behind McGill, UBC, and McMaster in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively. All in all, it was a fun regatta and great way to end the season in CICSA.

WAR Memorial Regatta at St. Mary’s College

This weekend Queen’s sailing team when to St. Mary’s college in Maryland to compete in WAR memorial regatta, the MAISA conference championship.

For the first time in 10 years, Queen’s qualified for this event after placing 4th at the MAISA North Fall Regatta in Geneva, NY earlier this month. The competition was superb as many of the top American schools consider this to be the most important regatta of the year.

Saturday morning started with an on land postponement due to lack of wind. The first race started at 10:30 in very light and shifty wind. Throughout the day, the wind built to 7 knots. In the A fleet, Iain Doran-Des Brisay and Michael Montagnese started off the regatta with an 18 and 17 but progressively improved throughout the day. The duo finished the day with a couple of races in the top 12 against some very strong competition.

In the B fleet, Max Vos and Max Willms started off the day with a good race finishing 14th, but then struggled to maintain the same level of performance, finishing the rest of the races around the 16 place mark. At the end of the day, Queen’s was in 18th, just 13 points behind Virginia Tech.

On Sunday, the wind was even lighter, and the B fleet only put in 2 races, while the A fleet only did one. The lack of races on Sunday made it hard to close the gap on 17th. Queen’s finished the regatta in 18th with 336 points, 12 points behind Virginia Tech. 

The regatta was a great learning experience for the three rookies that went, they look to have an extremely bright future in the American circuit that is currently dominated by 3rd and 4th year students. The Gaels hope to improve their light-wind sailing conditions for future regattas like this, as it has proved to be their biggest weakness in the US Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

Thanks to St. Mary’s for hosting the great regatta. The Queen’s Sailing Team looks forward to continuing to grow their presence in the US Collegiate League in the years to come, and things are looking promising for the young team.

Full results, and more, here.