2017 MAISA Circuit Summary
The 2017 MAISA sailing season began in April with three dinghy events in the American circuit. The team sailed in cold waters at the MAISA Women’s Spring regatta. This was sailed by Christina Black, Simone Larose, Natalie Tanczak and Julia Manarin. At this championship, Queen’s finished 15th out of 53 teams in the Conference. A great success came from The Leroy Grant regatta hosted by Saint Mary’s College. Here, athletes Zac Baum, Simone Larose, Matti Muru and Max Willms led the Gaels to a 6th overall and qualified the team for the America Trophy regatta (a Conference Championship), later sailed at Cornell by four first-year athletes Matti Muru, Max Willms, Michael Montagnese and Iain Doran Des-Brisay. These successes led to Queen’s’ highest ranking in the MAISA division in over a decade.
The MAISA season continued into the fall, with five regattas sailed in the United States. The Queen’s fall season began at NY Maritime Fall Open with Matti Muru, Cecilia Pierobon in A Fleet and Josh Yale, Thomas Dauphinee in B Fleet. The Gaels finished with an amazing 6th place out of 16 at the North Fall regatta, a qualifying event sailed by Scott Gittens, Marc de Verteuil, Lauren Sullivan and Ben Halverson. After the first day of sailing, Queen’s was in great position, at 3rd out of 16 teams after winning a protest against Fordham. By the next day, the Gaels encountered some trouble with two protests and fell to 6th position to close out the regatta.
In addition to these American events, two Women’s regattas were sailed: The Susan Rogers Memorial Regatta (Cornell University) and MAISA Women’s Fall (SUNY Maritime College). At Susan Rogers, the Gaels Team A consisted of Natalie Tanczak and Clara Gravely. The Queen’s duo did well in the heavy wind, averaging scores around the top five of the fleet. Switching off with Gaels Team B sailors Kayla Simmons and Sarah Sackville every two races, the Queen’s team had a strong showing. The team finished in seventh place overall at the end of the regatta. Natalie and Clara continued to improve at MAISA Women’s Fall alongside athletes Christina Black and Kayla Simmons, where the female team finished 14th.
Queen’s also hosted a MAISA & CICSA combined event: The Can-Am Cup, where all competing Queen’s sailors competing under MAISA were first year athletes.
Overall, the team sent 11 first-year athletes to these competitive MAISA events and championships. The Queen’s Sailing Team’s focus for the future remains to continue climbing up the ladder in the competitive American circuit.