Keelboat Team Summary
Mid-season, the Queen’s keelboat team travelled to Oakville to compete in the Canadian Intercollegiate National Keelboat Championship. With the challenging conditions, the team had some difficulty performing to the best of their abilities. The day finished of with Queen’s sitting at third place. Sunday was a complete change of pace. It was a warm, sunny day with a light breeze rustling through the rigging. The line-up prepared for a different day with different results. The team began to rig the boat up and get hyped for the intense racing to come. Many improvements were made in the team’s decision making and cohesion. The day ended with a solid win leaving the squad in good spirits. Queen’s finished the regatta in 3rd place.
Later, the Keelboat Team travelled to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The team left Thursday night sending 11 brave sailors to compete in the two regattas; McMillan Cup, and Small Keelboat Invitational Regatta. The group of courageous sailors had to adapt to new boats, the Navy 44’s and Navy 26’s. Friday was a training day to allow for the team to familiarize themselves with sailing the new boats. The team’s commitment to learning allowed for a quick improvement.
To the disappointment of the Queen’s sailors, the 44’s got no races off on the second day due to lack of breeze. The Navy 26s were in racing in a different part of the bay and managed to get three races off. The Queen’s sailors pulled off a couple of strong results. On Sunday, Queens won the start but made a couple of tactical mistakes on the first and second upwind, finishing 6th with a 2-point penalty. The wind died during the race and upon finishing the race, race committee called the regatta after just one race. The 26’s got off another 3 races on Sunday with Queens staying constant with there results from Saturday. Overall the regatta was a huge learning experience for the young keelboat team.
Coming off a World Championship win in 2016, the Keelboat team is looking to develop its relatively fresh team, build experience and start putting up results in the years to come.
The Queen’s Keelboat Team could not be possible without the support of the Kingston Yacht Club and its members. For that, we thank you!