SLSC Women Alumnae Sail the Canadian Inter-University Circuit

Kate Thomas,  Claire DesBrisay, Keira Webster, Amy DesBrisay and Ellen Lourie have all been active participants competing for their respective universities in the 2012 Intercollegiate Fall Circuit.  Highlights from an active group of alumnae include the following:

On September 22-23, the Queen’s Sailing Team that included Kate Thomas competed at the Princeton Women’s Open at the Raritan Yacht Club in New Jersey.  The sailing conditions were tough: it was very shifty and the wind speeds were up and down throughout the day, ranging between 5-12 knots. The team had some very good races, with many second and third place finishes. After 12 races for both the A and B fleet, the Queen’s women finished third overall.  Congratulations Kate!

In mid October, Amy and Ellen, third year students at Dalhousie University, along with six other Dal teammates competed in the 2012 Intercollegiate National Keelboat Championships in Nova Scotia. This regatta is a qualifier for the Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC) which is an annual sailing competition organized by students at the Ecole Polytechnique, a French Engineering School.  Three other Canadian universities competed for a spot at SYWoC, sailing J22s. The crew from Dalhousie placed first overall – winning four of five races – and securing a spot in the 2013 SYWoC regatta in France, 2013. Congratulations Amy and Ellen!

On October 20 and 21, Keira sailed for McGill University and Amy and Ellen sailed for Dalhousie in the 2012 Canadian Intercollegiate National Team Racing Championships hosted by Queen’s University in Kingston.  Keira came from Montreal for the regatta and Amy and Ellen did the 14 hour drive from Halifax to Kingston with 4 teammates and a coach.  Each team consisted of 6 sailors racing three boats head to head against other teams from other universities.  Day one was a round robin with each team racing against each of the other teams in a one race face off.  Day two was a playoff round.  The McGill and Dalhousie teams faced off against each other in a semi final series of close races with McGill coming out on top with a win in the tie breaker after the teams split the first two races.  McGill took the silver (coming second to a strong Queen’s team in the final) and Dalhousie finished 3rd.  Congratulations Keira, Amy and Ellen!

Claire DesBrisay, the captain of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Sailing Team, sailed the following weekend in Montreal in the 2012 Canadian University Fleet Racing Championships hosted by McGill, placing a very credible 5th in light winds against strong competition from as far away as the University of British Columbia.  Congratulations Claire!


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