We are a big sailing team with over 50 members and growing.
We compete mostly in the Fall but we are active all year round in Kingston.
Many Queen’s sailors elect to stay in Kingston to work over the summer, train at the Queen’s ARC complex, and sail from KYC and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Kingston is awesome in summertime.
There are several facets to sailboat racing at Queen’s, and members typically race in one or more of these areas: dinghy racing, keelboat racing, and match racing.
We practice daily in double-handed Club 420 dinghies and single-handed in Laser and Laser Radial classes.
We race as part of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) in the highly competitive Middle Atlantic district (MAISA) against major sailing schools such as Georgetown, Hobart/William Smith, Princeton, St. Mary’s and the US Naval Academy.
We also sail as part of CICSA, Canada’s new inter-university sailing association.
The Dinghy Racing Team is the current Canadian Collegiate title holder in Team Racing and Keelboat Racing.
In 2016-17 we have plans to expand our single-handed dinghy participation, in particular women’s Laser Radial racing.
We also have plans afoot to expand the team into skiff sailing as we have many members who actively sail in the 29er and 49er classes.
Each year we typically host at least two events. The Queen’s Open is a yearly MAISA event. We also typically host at least one CICSA event, such as the Team Racing Nationals or the Fleet Racing Nationals.
We sail in Shark class boats, a very active fleet at KYC. Leading up to big-boat championship events we train on a J-80 for asymetrical spinnaker handling downwind, and an Olsen 30 for symmetrical spinnaker downwind practice.
Collegiate-style dinghy sailing is very different from standard dinghy fleet racing. We do most of our sailing in pared-down, non-technical doublehanded boats - Club 420s and Flying Juniors for the most part. Courses are extremely short, conditions highly varied, and fleets extremely close - making for some very demanding sailing. Collegiate racing at the elite level puts a premium on perfect boathandling and flawless tactics, which is perhaps why so many American Olympic sailors come out of the college circuit. Sailors at Queen’s get a rare opportunity to sharpen their skills against some of the most talented sailors in North America!
We train at the Kingston Yacht Club, an ideal venue that is only minutes from campus and offers great breeze. Practices are in the early mornings and afternoon, four nights per week from frosh week until it starts to snow. Regattas occur on weekends and depending on your interest and level of commitment to the team, you could head out to 1 regatta per semester or you could be sailing almost every weekend.
Our regattas also range from highly competitive invitationals to more relaxed open events. In addition to doublehanded dinghy sailing, the Queen’s Sailing Team offers opportunities to participate in collegiate Laser racing, team racing and small keel boat racing as well. Overall we maintain a large team of around 50 members, making for a dynamic social group that turns many new sailors into lifelong enthusiasts of the sport.