UBC Places 2nd in Canada at CICSA Fleet Race Nationals

This weekend, UBC’s Sailing Team competed in Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Fleet Race Championships at the Royal Military College of Canada. Stephanie Stearman, Hanno Kite-Powell, Elmeri Hakkinen, Georg Bunk Lauritsen, and Gregory Woollgar traveled to Ontario with Coach Marie-Pier Alary (MP). When asked a few weeks ago about the preparations for nationals in an interview with the Ubyssey, 4th year team veteran Gregory Woollgar said, “I think it’s going really well … It’s a lot breezier [in Kingston] and a lot more waves than we get here, so we’re just getting ready for that kind of game.” Alary had been working closely with the team by adding extra practices in high-wind conditions thanks to a typhoon-fueled storm entering English Bay. Stephanie Stearman (4th year) elaborated on how this targeted training would help equip them for Nationals: “What was great about this regatta is that we all trained in preparation for the weekend, every practice we were mindful of what skills we needed to work on for Kingston.”

tsc_2016-17_sailing_blog_november_nats3This year, the team got a mix of Vancouver weather thrown in with the Kingston gusts. Woollgar described Day 1 as  “big breeze, big waves.” However, the gusts eventually died down. “Day 2 was light wind, just what our backyard prepared us for! It was all about calling the puffs and shifts, finding where the wind was, and connecting the dots” said Stearman about the technical conditions.

The windy practices provided by mother nature officially paid off as UBC got 6 bullets out of 12 races, seating them in 1st place after Day 1. However, McGill proved more consistent in the lighter breeze and UBC ended up taking home silver for the second year in a row out of 12 universities. “The competition in CICSA has seriously improved over a few years, and we fought hard and sailed well!” said Woollgar. Rookie Georg Bunk Lauritsen (1st year) said that the team “had an extremely fun weekend, with loads of experiences, plus it was awesome to have [Coach] MP. We are all proud of our second place.”

UBC Sailing has consistently ranked 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, and 2nd the last four years, proving to be a very strong and consistent contender in Canadian university sailing, and still the best in the west.

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From the left: Woollgar, Lauritsen, Hakkinen, Kite-Powell, Stearman

Photo by Marie-Pier Alary

By Jane Velghe