Mar 13, 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. - This weekend, the Yale coed sailing team placed fourth at the first fleet race of the spring season. After 17 races and two first-place finishes in the last race of both divisions, the Bulldogs were just one point out of third. The regatta took place at the College of Charleston, this spring's nationals venue, in Z420s and FJs.
The weekend saw a range of conditions, with current playing a major role on the course. On Saturday, a 5 to 12 knot breeze ranged from the northeast to the southeast, stabilizing in the southeast in the afternoon. On Sunday, a 12 to 20 knot northeasterly made for cold, windy sailing. The current was also flowing from north to south for most of both days, maxing out at three knots of speed.
Representing the Bulldogs in A division were skipper junior Casey Klingler with crews seniors Natalya Doris and Charles Skoda. Together, they placed fourth in A, despite not having practiced in Z420s since last fall.
In B division, freshman skipper Louisa Nordstrom with crews Doris, senior Isabelle Rossi de Leon and junior Christopher Champa finished third. Impressively, they ended the regatta just four points out of first place in their division.
With the first regatta out of the way, the Bulldogs are looking forward to getting the rest of the rust off this week in St. Petersburg, Fla., where they will be for spring break training.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/charleston-spring-coed/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity