Queen’s U Sailing had another busy weekend, with members of our team competing in highly competitive regattas and placing extremely well
On September 29th and 30th, Queen’s Sailing Team hosted the CANAM Cup, where universities from the Canadian and American leagues could compete together.
The Gaels were represented by two teams; with Gaels 1 being Scott Gittens, Marc de Verteuil, Cam Wallace and Aryeah Kozuch and Gaels 2 being: Benjamin Stevens, Maggie Macdonald, Emma Schincariol and Hailey Schincariol.
The two days of racing saw medium to high winds on the first day and very light wind on the second day.
Gaels 2, consisting of all rookies, was able to pull off a 7th place finish at the end of the regatta with a number of good scores in individual races.
Gaels 1 managed to take the win with a 35-point lead and retain the championship after winning a large portion of the races.
Congratulations to Concordia and MacMaster who placed second and third in the regatta, and thanks to the other schools for coming out to compete.
Scroll down to see full CanAm Cup results, or see them as presented on scores.collegesailing.org.
Cazenovia Fall Open
In addition to CANAM, Queen’s Sailing Team attended the Cazenovia Fall Open in Syracuse, NY. Both days of the regatta consisted of shifty and cold sailing conditions.
Saturday saw South Westerly breeze, which filled in quite shifty making staying in phase the most important part of the races.
On Sunday Cazenovia lake filled in from the West, which made the course much closer to land and making staying in pressure important.
Going into the regatta the team was nervous of what to expect, but was reassured by Coach Jon Ladha’s advice to “Plan for the future and learn from the past, but winning only happens in the present” - advice for us to be aware and attentive of everything and ready for anything.
The A fleet team, consisting of Josh Yale (Skipper) and Michael Montagnese (Crew), had their sailing skills put to the test when they were forced out of their comfort zones by having to sail Flying Juniors (FJ’s). Despite having minimal experience in the FJ, the team successfully managed to apply their past sailing knowledge to the new boat and finished the first day in the lead.
The B fleet team, consisting of Lauren Sullivan (Skipper) and Sophie Carter (Crew), raced in the 420s and did not hesitate to fight to put themselves in the lead by a large margin. Going into day 1 both teams listened carefully and applied Coach Dave Mori’s advice to “sail consistently as you cannot win a regatta on the first day, but you can certainly lose it”. Concluding the first day, the girls managed to finish with 8 bullets while the boys had 5. Both teams won their respective fleets, putting the overall team in first.
Sunday both teams felt confident with their lead, and listened to Coach Mori’s advice to “keep doing what you’re doing”. The team is really happy with their performance, and it showed!
The team would like to thank Syracuse University and the Willowbank Yacht Club for the incredibly well-run regatta, as well as Coach Mori for coming out to the regatta with us!
CICSA Keelboat Nationals
Queen’s had a challenging regatta in Bronte for CICSA Keelboat Nationals. On Saturday, wind conditions were variable. The morning started off with 12-15 knots of wind and shifty with it dying down to 7 knots later in the day. Out of the 5 races on Saturday, Queens placed second in two of them. The team was able to control the starts by dominating the favoured end of the line. However, their up-wind boat speed was not as good as the top boats in the fleet. At the end of the day on, the team was tied for third.
Queens had high hopes for Sunday but unfortunately it proved to be another challenging day for the team. Conditions were light and oscillating. The team struggled with the tough wind conditions. The sailors had a couple good legs of the race however did not get the results they were looking for in order to move them into a podium position. Although the final results were disappointing, the regatta was a good learning experience and the team was able to identify some key areas to focus on for training and future events.
2018 CanAm Cup Results
|True Blue 2||B||7||10||5||13||8||4||12||10||69|
|True Blue 1||B||15||DNS||6||5||9||DNS||7||7||85|