25 September 2016

MAISA North, MAISA Laser, and McGill Invitational

By Jeffrey Morris


 Michael Montagese, Matti Muru, Max Willms, and Iain Doran-Des-Brisay, all rookies, at MAISA North in Geneva NY.
Michael Montagese, Matti Muru, Max Willms, and Iain Doran-Des-Brisay, all rookies, at MAISA North in Geneva NY.
MAISA North in Geneva NY
MAISA North in Geneva NY
Scott Gittens, sail # 8, as he’s headed out to the race course.
Scott Gittens, sail # 8, as he’s headed out to the race course.
Jeff Morris, Jonah Burke-Kleinman, Nicole Czegledy, and Marc de Verteuil ar RStLYC in Montreal.
Jeff Morris, Jonah Burke-Kleinman, Nicole Czegledy, and Marc de Verteuil ar RStLYC in Montreal.

MAISA North Fall Qualifier

This weekend, four rookies, Matti Muru, Max Wilms, Michael Montages, and Iain Doran-Des-Brisay, traveled to Geneva, New York to sail at the MAISA North Fall Qualifier, hosted Hobart & William Smith Colleges on Seneca Lake. With Victoria Restivo driving, the four rookies arrived at their hotel, Amerca’s Best Value, on Friday night.

On Saturday morning, the sailors traveled to the venue where they were greeted with a light breeze. The wind died down just before the first race, so Matti and Michael in A fleet were forced to wait over an hour before racing resumed. On their first rotation in B fleet, Max and Iain finished third to start the day off well. Throughout the day, the wind varied between 4-14 knots and was very shifty, but Queen’s consistently fought to stay at the top of the fleet with good starts and finished. The four rookies finished the day with 29 points, in fourth place in the 15 boat fleet.

Overnight, the sailors got some well-needed rest, but were somewhat dissatisfied with their hotel, which didn’t meet expectation’s as “America’s Best Value.”

On Sunday, sailing was postponed early in the morning with extremely light winds. After several hours on shore, the regatta was called to an end. Queen’s finished fourth overall, qualifying for the MAISA “War Memorial” Conference Championship. The quartet of rookies were only bested by Cornell, Fordham, and hosts Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Queen’s Sailing looks forward to the Conference Championship, where they hope to show that Canadian teams can indeed win in an American league on October 29th-30th.

Full scores here.

MAISA Laser Elimination

On September 23rd, Scott Gittens and Sam Thompson as driver left Kingston and drove 8 hours to Annapolis for Scott to compete in the MAISA Laser Elimination at the US Naval Academy. We arrived at the Ramada hotel near the Baltimore airport around 11pm after the long drive. The next morning, we had a small breakfast at the hotel and then headed for the Naval Academy, stopping along the way to buy sandwiches for lunch at a supermarket.

The regatta style was the usual boat rotation with 18 lasers competing and 14 races scheduled. The morning session of the first day was medium breeze and Scott started well but did not have the best results in the four races. However, that afternoon the tables turned and Scott performed well getting a 3rd, 1st and 2nd in 3 of the 4 afternoon races.

The venue was very nice and all the boats were well maintained with a big area for rigging and launching. All the equipment was equally matched so no boat had a significant advantage over another. That night we had dinner at a nearby Chic-fil-a, which was very convenient and definitely worth going to again if stay at the same hotel. The next morning, the same process as the day before was repeated for breakfast and lunch.

The second day of racing was very light wind with wind shifts as big as 90 degrees. Scott was not able to maintain the top 3 finished from the day before but was able to be consistently in the top 10 for 3 of the 5 races with the other 2 being just outside the top 10. Scott finished the regatta in 9th position missing out on qualifying for MAISA Laser Championship.

Full scores here.

McGill Invitational Regatta

Last weekend, Jonah Burke-Kleinman, Marc de Verteuil, Nicole Czegledy, and Jeffrey Morris traveled to Montreal where they’d race in the McGill Invitational Regatta. The sailors billeted at a house on The Plateau, and after navigating through around the usual Montreal construction and one-way streets, made it to the house to get some rest after a long week.

On Saturday morning, the Queen’s sailors drove out to Dorval, with an important Tim’s stop, to arrive at the venue of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club. McGill has a new fleet of 12 collegiate-rigged 420s, which were great on the water! The wind was stronger than expected, which proved to be valuable for Queen’s. Throughout the day, both A and B fleet sailors played the shifts and hit the course hard on the left. Queen’s finished relatively consistently around third, ending the day in second place behind the hosts, McGill.

After sailing, the sailors took advantage of the trip to Montreal by visiting their friends; Marc went for dinner with his high school friends, Jeff ate with camp friends, Nicole caught up with an old friend, and Jonah celebrated his friends Bat Mitzvah!

On Sunday, the group drove back out to RStLYC for another day of sailing. With Jeff at the helm and Marc as crew, B fleet started off in very shifty winds, but played the shifts well to get 2nd and 3rd place finished. After the rotation for B fleet, however, the wind died and Jonah and Nicole, in A fleet, raced several slow races as the wind continually shifted all for the remainder of the afternoon.

Overall, Queen’s came out in second place this weekend, bested by McGill. We’re excited to return to RStLYC when McGill hosts the CICSA team racing nationals in late October!