Two regattas this weekend:
2016 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
On Thanksgiving weekend, six sailors from the Queen’s sailing team headed to Larchmont, NY for the 2016 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR). The IOR is the largest annual collegiate keelboat regatta, with nearly 50 schools from the US, Canada, and Europe competing. After last years regatta was canceled due to Hurricane Joaquin, the Queen’s sailors were ready to compete! With a star studded lineup of Sam Thompson, Daniel Sheedy, Max Vos, William Hodgson-Walker, Denby McDonnell and Max Willms, the team was prepared for a competitive weekend of racing against some of the top college sailors from around the world!
Saturday saw a challenging northerly breeze, on the highly shifty and tidal race course. The team struggled to find a groove in the tough conditions, and chalked up a 7th, 9th and 10th in the three races of the day.
Sunday came with wet and wild conditions with gusts of up to 25 knots on the race course. The team pulled their heads together and worked on nursing the boat upwind in the heavy weather, and sending it downwind in the rolling waves. Gradual improvements to boat speed and crew synergy throughout the day saw the team finish with a respectable 6th in the final race of the regatta, putting Queen’s Sailing in 8th overall at the end of the regatta.
Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Chamionship
Saturday marked the first day of the 2016 Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship, and it was a wet one, without much wind. The day began with a light northeast breeze averaging close to 5 knots, and that held for the first several races. Finding the pressure was critical to coming out on top, but the water, and therefore the breeze, was very difficult to read with overcast sky’s. The rain was steady all day but the wind finally picked up to a more consistent 8-10 knots for the last 2 races, completing a total of 8 races. Both Luke Rutenberg and Will Jones were in the middle of the fleet at the end of the day. The outer edge of hurricane Matthew dominated Sunday’s wind, with a Northerly blowing 18-30 knots. 6 long races were sailed, in what turned out to be a day focused on hiking hard and staying upright. The Queen’s sailors proved their strength by recording some higher finishes; Luke came in second place in three of the six races on Thanksgiving Sunday! It was a tough regatta for the Queen’s Laser boys finishing 5th and 12th, just missing the top 4 qualification for the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded Nationals. Will and Luke are proud of their accomplishments over the weekend, edging out several teams in one of the most competitive divisions in the US Inter-Collegiate Sailing Associations.
Throughout the coming weeks, the Queen’s Sailing Team is looking forward to competing in the CICSA (Canadian) Team Race Nationals, CICSA Fleet Race Nationals, the MAISA Conference Keelboat Championship (McMillan Cup), and the MAISA Conference Fleet Race Championship (WAR). The Queen’s Sailing Team has had immense success this year and hopes to wrap up the season as they started!