2017 Canadian Circuit (CICSA) Summary
The Gaels first Canadian event of the season was the Laurier/Waterloo Invitational Regatta. The team set high expectations sending four veterans to race. Zac Baum and Darcy Wells were racing in the A fleet and won all six races in a dominating fashion. Kate Minkhorst and Lily Merovitz-Budning posted several mid fleet finishes with one second place, two third places, and a fourth place finish. This regatta highlighted a strong start to the fall season for the Gaels Sailing Team. Zac and Darcy were named Queen’s Varsity Club Athletes of the week for their stellar performance.
Continuing the season, the Gaels competed at the McGill Invitational along with nine other CICSA teams. Gaels skipper Zac Baum and crew Julia Manarin sailed in A Division, while James Juhasz and Jessica Mackay made their collegiate debuts sailing in B Division. Queen’s dominated both divisions, with the A Division Gaels sailors taking 1st place in all four races, and the Queen’s B Division team posting two 1st place finishes over six races. Finishing the event well ahead of the 2nd place team, Queen’s continued to solidify their hold on the Canadian circuit for the 2017 season.
The Gaels welcomed 14 North American teams to the annual Can-Am Cup on home waters. The team took first place, with second going to McMaster, and third spot to more Gaels sailors.
Thanks to their great performance at Can-Am Cup, Marc de Verteuil and Scott Gittens were named Queen’s University Male Club Athletes of the Week. de Verteuil and Gittens competed for the Queen’s Gaels 1 ‘B’ Division at the Canadian-American Cup regatta. Queen’s Gaels 1 came in first overall. De Verteuil and Gittens sailed 10 races and secured mainly 1st and 2nd places on the first day, leading Queen’s Gaels 1 to claim 1st overall by 19 points by the end of the weekend and win the Canadian-American Cup 2017 trophy.
The Canadian season finished very strong with the Gaels winning the Team Racing National Championship for the 7th year in a row. This national championship success, along with the domination in the Canadian circuit at other regattas, helped the Gaels clinch the overall CICSA Championship title. Another amazing and rewarding season for the Queen’s Sailing Team!