BRUNSWICK, Me. - The Bulldogs convincingly bested the top NEISA teams this weekend at the conference championship. They won by over 60 points, a scoreline which is nearly unheard of in two-division regattas, let alone at a championship. They also won several individual and team awards, demonstrating their conference dominance by commanding the NEISA award ceremony.
NEISA Fleet Race Championship – Bowdoin College: 1st (122 points)
The weather was up and down, maxing out around 15 knots on Saturday and dying to less than three knots on Sunday. The event saw considerable current, as well as steady and unsteady breeze directions. The Bulldogs remained consistent in every condition though, growing their lead throughout the event.
After such an outstanding performance, the Bulldogs took more than double the awards of other teams for the season. They had three (of nine) first-team NEISA crews, Nicolosi, Lingos-Utley, and Loiacono, no other team had more than one first-team crew. Nicolosi won NEISA crew of the year, with Lingos-Utley as a finalist for the award. Catherine Webb was also a finalist for rookie of the year. Baird, Harvey and Nick Hernandez were first-team NEISA skippers (of eight total), no other team had more than one first-team skipper. Baird won the NEISA sailor of the year award for the best performance in the conference throughout the year.
The Bulldogs also qualified for the national championship in Newport R.I. in May. After their performance this weekend, they are feeling great going into the next month of training before the nationals.
Scores can be found at https://collegesailing.org/
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity