2 October 2016

2016 CICSA Keelboat Champs, Can-Am Cup, and Cornell Women's

By Jeffrey Morris


Sam Thompson, Adrienne Gaudreault, Connor MacKenzie, Daniel Sheedy, and Will Jones, Canadian keelboat champions.
Sam Thompson, Adrienne Gaudreault, Connor MacKenzie, Daniel Sheedy, and Will Jones, Canadian keelboat champions.
Results from the Keelboat Nationals.
Results from the Keelboat Nationals.
Can-Am Cup 2016.
Can-Am Cup 2016.
Zac Baum and Andrew Faurschou, who helped dominate the Can-Am Cup event here in Kingston.
Zac Baum and Andrew Faurschou, who helped dominate the Can-Am Cup event here in Kingston.
Julia Manarin, Elle Mackenzie, Natalie Tanczak, Kayla Simmons at Cornell.
Julia Manarin, Elle Mackenzie, Natalie Tanczak, Kayla Simmons at Cornell.
Scott Gittens (Barbados) of the sailing team is the Queen's University Varsity Clubs Male Athlete of the Week. Gittens led a strong Gaels effort at home in the Can-Am Cup hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club, putting up 10 bullets in 14 races. His 10 first place finishes helped the Queen's dinghy racers to finish the weekend atop the standings as a team.
Scott Gittens (Barbados) of the sailing team is the Queen's University Varsity Clubs Male Athlete of the Week. Gittens led a strong Gaels effort at home in the Can-Am Cup hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club, putting up 10 bullets in 14 races. His 10 first place finishes helped the Queen's dinghy racers to finish the weekend atop the standings as a team.

During a busy weekend for the Queen’s Sailing Team, with teams competing in the SYWOC qualifier for Canada, the Can-Am Championships hosted by KYC in Kingston, and the Susan Rodgers ’75 Memorial Regatta at Cornell.

CICSA Keelboat National Championships

The Queen’s Keelboat Team headed to Oakville with their hopes set on winning their second consecutive Canadian Collegiate Keelboat National Championship.

When the team arrived for their training day in Bronte, where the event, hosted National One-Design Sailing Academy, was held, the wind strength and wave height were far beyond the limit for the fleet of Flying Tiger 7.5M boats. After a brief period of optimism that the weather would lighten up just enough to let the teams train, the event organizers abandoned sailing for the day, leaving everything to be proven on the race course.

Saturday morning, the team donned their wet weather gear and set out into treacherous conditions, with large swells, constant rain and heavy breeze blanketing the racecourse. The Queen’s team came out of the gate hot, winning the start by a large margin and displaying impressive boat speed and crew work right off the line. The team carried their lead even further, distancing themselves from the rest of the fleet and battling out a solid first place finish to start the event. From there, the team never looked back, winning the second race in all but flawless fashion. As the day came to a close, the Gaels decided to leave it all out on the water, and demolished the final race by a massive margin. At the end of the first day, the team was leading the event with straight firsts, with Laurier trailing in second by 4 points.

With a solid mix of nerves and excitement, the team set out to replicate their 2015 finish and bring home a National Championship to Queen’s. However, the weather had different ideas for the day, with a mix of heavy rain and no wind. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the first lightening strike that the race committee called racing for the day, leaving the Queen’s Gaels as repeat National Champions. With their heads held high, the Queen’s team will head back to Kingston to continue to train for the World Championships, in La Rochelle, France this November.

Thanks to CICSA and 1D Sailing Academy for hosting an amazing event, and thank you to the Thompson family for hosting the keelboat team over the weekend!

Full results here.

CAN-AM Cup

Here in Kingston, the Queen’s Sailing Team Dinghy racers had a fantastic weekend! Our two teams captured first and second on the podium at the annual CAN-AM Cup held at the Kingston Yacht Club. Schools from across Canada and the United States came to sail, making for a tough competition weekend for the Gaels. The weather was perfect for the regatta, with light to medium breeze on both Saturday and Sunday, so all of the scheduled races were completed.

The sailors representing Queen’s this weekend were Zac Baum, Chirstina Black, Zane Feder, Reid Goldman, Linor Berezin, Darcy Wells, Andrew Faurschou, Denby McDonnell, Lily Merovitz-Budning and Scott Gittens. After two days of hard fought racing, we came out on top with both teams finishing in the top two!

Full results here.

Great photos on Facebook: part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Susan Rogers 75th Memorial Regatta

In the American League (ICSA) this weekend, Queen’s Sailing sent 4 sailors to an all-women’s regatta at Cornell. The Susan Rogers 75th Memorial Regatta started with the team of four girls getting lost in the dark on the way to Ithica, New York. Natalie Tanczak, Julia Manarin, and rookies Kayla Simmons and Elle Mackenzie fought light and shifty conditions the likes of which are rarely seen by the Kingston sailors. After the first day, they were placed 9th out of 14 in a tough American fleet. The races were short, and mistakes were often very costly.

The girls stayed at the Trip hotel, was conveniently located just four minutes from the Merrell Sailing Centre, and offered a clean homey feel with a continental breakfast.

Day two offered similar conditions, with breeze that finally picked up during the last rotation. Both our A and B teams finished off on a stronger note as the wind became steadier. Overall, a lot was to be learned from the American teams who are far more comfortable in the light wind; the girls had the opportunity to develop their own skills through conditions arely seen in Canadian sailing. They finished 10th overall and are eager to get back on the water this week.

Full results here.

Scott Gittens is Queen’s University Varsity Clubs Male Athlete of the Week

Full story here.