North Sails LOFT NEWS
EVENT SPOTLIGHT: QCYC WOMEN SKIPPER’S RACE
Encouraging Women To Take The Helm
On Saturday, August 10th, the women of Queen City Yacht Club (QCYC) set out to show off their skills on the race course. The conditions presented were challenging, forcing the skippers to sail in a little bit of everything. With the wind coming down the course in puffs from the north west, the conditions were very shifty. The skippers started in the harbor before heading out through the eastern gap. Once out there, they sailed out along the island and across to the pier to round the Gibraltar mark before heading back through the eastern gap to round a mark in the north-eastern corner of the harbor before finishing just off of the QCYC clubhouse. While the wind flowed off the island, it provided some fantastic conditions out of the harbor for racers. While traveling through the eastern gap, the skippers had to be patient and adjust to the wind shifts, making things extra challenging. In true QCYC fashion, the skippers and crew rose to the challenge and had tremendous success on the race course.
Following the race, the skippers were rewarded with a party on the QCYC lawn. Awards were presented to the top finishers overall, as well as the top three in each class. In addition, QCYC recognized skippers for a variety of accomplishments, including the best showing for an all-women crew and the best showing for a first-time skipper. The event was a great success, in no small part because of the continued support we receive from sponsors such as North Sails. Thanks to the volunteers and our sponsors, QCYC is able to put on this event year after year and continue to encourage women to take the helm and get involved in this great sport.