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Flannagan/Sheedy win Steerers' and Four Sisters Regattas


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QCYC junior sailors continued their success in the local 420 scene after winning two more regattas. The team of Timma Flanagan and Daniel Sheedy took top spot in both the Steerers' Regatta on July 19 & 20 and the Four Sisters Regatta July 21 & 22. The events were held at the Port Credit Yacht Club, alongside the Lake Ontario 300 in which four QCYC boats competed. It was sailing city there all weekend. QCYC entered six teams for the Steerers' Regatta including four beginner teams in the 420 white sail (non spinnaker) fleet. An overnight easterly wind brought big waves for the first day, forcing all of the white sail racers back to shore. In the spinnaker fleet, Flanagan and Sheedy won three of four races putting them in first overall after the day's racing.  Aleks Vagners and Rachel Harris also had an excellent first day with three second place finishes but were plagued with an OCS to end the day in 12th. 

The wind increased on day two and once again the white sail team stayed ashore.  The spinnaker boats were able to get on the water and Flanagan and Sheedy finished strong before mistakenly finishing the final race after one lap.  By the time they restarted it was too late then they finished 21st.   Despite the error they were able to hold on to the top spot overall by one point.  

It was the 54th running of the Steerers' regatta.  The event has traditionally been the championship for Toronto-area junior clubs. 

The QCYC Team at PCYCThe next two days brought more out-of-town teams for the more competitive Four Sisters Regatta.  QCYC entered two spinnaker teams and two white sail teams. The first day of the regatta took place in a building sea breeze.  In the spinnaker division, Flanagan/Sheedy used their blistering light wind boatspeed (ed: learned on Wednesdays) to win three of the four races to lead the pack.  Vagners/Harris finished the day in 9th.  The second day brought a light southwest wind with choppy waves.  Once again, Flanagan/Sheedy were the fastest boat, winning two of the day's races to take the overall spot.  Vagners/Harris nailed three top ten finishes, improving their overall result to 6th.  

There were 43 teams from Ontario, Quebec, and New York State.  

In the non-spinnaker division, the QCYC team of Kaeli Flanagan and Alan Harris took 2nd overall.  Jackson Jones and Aden Sharpe finished 5th.  There were a total of nine NFS boats. 

The next major event for the QCYC junior team is CORK in August. Let’s help them get there.


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