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No. 1 Bulldogs in Fifth after Day One of National Championship

Baird and Nicolosi hiking in heavy breeze.
Baird and Nicolosi hiking in heavy breeze.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Gill Coed National Championships began on Thursday in a building southerly. After ten races, the Bulldogs are in fifth place with 158 points, 31 points out of the lead.

 

Sailing in A division were seniors skipper Ian Barrows and crew Clara Robertson, and in B division sophomore skipper Nic Baird and crews freshman Graceann Nicolosi and senior Natalya Doris sailed.

 

Conditions were light for much of the day, picking up to about thirteen knots by the end of the day from the south. Current was slack for most of the day, but ended up flowing around 2 knots for the last four races.

 

The breeze was oscillating in small variations, so picking the correct side was an important decision. Nicolosi notes: "conditions were challenging out there, it was tough to get off the line on the correct side of the course, and to maintain the speed to hold a lane and be able to stay in the pressure on the better side."

 

Tomorrow, the Bulldogs will look to make up the points they are behind by. They will have eight races in each division to do so, and similar conditions to today.

 

Follow the racing online at http://scores.collegesailing.org/

 

Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity