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7 March 2018

Florida Midwinters Update

By Christina Black, James Juhasz & Daniel Sheedy


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QST laser squad in Clearwater. Far left and middle: Rookies Liam Bruce and James Juhasz. Second from right: Team prospect Noah Collinson. Photo credits: @elle_bruce.
QST laser squad in Clearwater. Far left and middle: Rookies Liam Bruce and James Juhasz. Second from right: Team prospect Noah Collinson. Photo credits: @elle_bruce.
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Single-Handed Sailors Compete at Laser Midwinters

Queens Sailing members Matti Muru, James Juhasz, Clara Gravely, Luke Ruitenberg and Liam Bruce competed in the Laser for their class Midwinter Championships last week in Clearwater, Florida.

Conditions were extremely challenging with the wind speed rarely exceeding 10 knots and massive pressure differences across the course.

Notable distinction is to be extended to Queen’s Sailing prospect Noah Collinson who finished 15th making him the highest Canadian finisher. Things are looking up for the fresh talent we will have on the team next year!

Thanks to @elle_bruce for the Laser photos!

Success at CICSA Keelboat Midwinters

This Reading Week, the Queen’s Keelboat Team travelled down to St. Petersburg, Florida for the CICSA Midwinter Regatta. The event was hosted by the 1Design Sailing Academy on their Flying Tiger 7.5 sportboats.

After a three-day clinic from North Sails Bill Gladstone, Queen’s put on a clinic of their own, and swept the podium with 1st and 2nd place.

The top spot was claimed by Iain Doran-Des Brisay, Marc de Verteuil, Daniel Sheedy and Rachel Harris. Siobhan MacDonald, Megan Boylan, Hugo Mathieson, Emily Bugeja, and Miles Lambert rose to the challenge of sailing a new boat and fought hard to beat out Dalhousie for the second podium position.

The team gained valuable experience and training and are looking forward to the upcoming season with their sights set on the Canadian Keelboat Championships, and the Student Yachting World Cup in France this Fall.

A huge thank you to Pasquale Leone, who helped with the twenty hour drive to St Pete’s and to Rachel Harris, whose tireless efforts and dedication over the past month made the event possible.

Results

Team Score
Queen's (2) 6
Queen's (1) 13
Dalhousie 15
University of Toronto 23
RMC 1 30
RMC 2 32