A bevy of SLSC sailors is racing for their respective University sailing teams this Fall, as Kate Thomas has made the very competitive Queen’s sailing team and may be facing off with Claire DesBrisay and Liz Barr, both of whom will be racing for Ottawa U. Amy DesBrisay and Ellen Lourie have tried out for and made the Dalhousie racing team.
Canadian Universities are becoming more and more involved in developing competitive sailing teams and are attending regattas in both Ontario and the U.S. Last Spring, Claire and Liz sailed for the newly formed U of O racing team in the U.S. College North Spring Qualifier Regatta at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This year the various universities have plans for a number of regattas and we will follow the results of our sailors on SLSC.CA.
The fact that our sailors are now involved on university racing teams shows that, more and more, those who love racing – the camaraderie, the team spirit, the road trips, the fresh air, the mental and physical challenges – can continue to participate well beyond their Sturgeon Lake junior club sailing days…and the fact that the university regattas are sailed almost always in Club 420s means that our sailors get to participate in boats with which they are familiar.
Follow along and cheer our alums in their university sailing carreers!