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9 September 2018

First Regattas of the 2018 Season

A very good start!

By Miles Lambert, Siobhan MacDonald, and Zac Baum


Jack Boehringer ‘52 Memorial Regatta at Cornell.  Lauren Sullivan, Clara Gravely, head coach Jon Ladha, Scott Gittens, and Marc De Verteuil.
Jack Boehringer ‘52 Memorial Regatta at Cornell. Lauren Sullivan, Clara Gravely, head coach Jon Ladha, Scott Gittens, and Marc De Verteuil.
Fall Laser North action hosted at the US Merchant Marine Academy.
Fall Laser North action hosted at the US Merchant Marine Academy.

This weekend, our sailors traveled to New York state to compete in the Jack Boehringer ‘52 Memorial Regatta and the 2018 Laser North Qualifiers.

Our Gaels fought hard at the Jack Boehringer regatta with tricky weather conditions. On day one, there was a breeze of 6-7 knots with frequent northern shifts. The sailors then saw an increase to 12-15 knots for the rest of the day. Day two began with a wind delay until 12:30pm with no racing until 1:30pm. For the remainder of the day there was inconsistent wind, with only a few light-wind races. The combined efforts of team Marc De Verteuil & Scott Gittens, and Lauren Sullivan & Clara Gravely put Queen’s into a 9th place overall finish. Full scores here.

Three members of the Queens Sailing Team (James Juhasz, Liam Bruce and Matti Muru) traveled this weekend to the US Merchant Marine Academy in New York for the first MAISA single handed event of the year - Laser North Fall Qualifiers. Sailing conditions proved to be variable delivering mixed results throughout the weekend.

Saturday started at about 12 knots building to 18. Liam delivered consistent results while Matti and James moved around a bit more but as the sun set on day one, the two later had won two races each. With 10 races completed the first day there were only 4 races left for Sunday. Conditions were similar as the wind continued to build for the short time on the water. Liam struggled on the second day falling to 7th place overall but James and Matti each delivered another bullet to finish up the regatta 3rd and 6th place overall respectively. Our singlehanded Laser squad won six of 14 races this weekend!

With these results James and Matti have qualified to move on to the MAISA single handed championships in two weeks - where they will compete for a place at the Inter Collegiate Sailing Association Championships in November. Liam will travel next weekend to a last chance qualifier at the US Naval Academy where he hopes to earn a spot for himself at the MAISA finals. Full scores here.

Fantastic work by all our sailors!