MIAMI, Fla. – After winning the 2017 Sperry College Sailing Women's National Championship sailing together in A-division, the sister duo of senior skipper Casey Klingler and sophomore crew Chrissie Klingler are returning to compete on the race course this winter.
This time, the duo is competing outside of the college sailing circuit in the USA 2018 World Cup Series Miami, also referred to as the Miami Olympic Class Regatta, held on the waters of Biscayne Bay. This regatta is one of the major events that Olympic hopefuls attend, with the regatta being open to only the classes chosen for the 2020 Olympics. The women's events are sailed in the Laser Radial, 49er FX, Women's Windsurfer (RS:X), and 470 classes. The Klinglers are competing in the women's 470, a double-handed dinghy that is 4.7 meters long. Unlike the similar Z420s raced in college sailing, this boat requires much more knowledge of tuning and has both a spinnaker, a third sail designed to be used specifically for sailing when reaching or going downwind, and a trapeze, which is a wire that descends from a high point on the mast and allows the crew to stand against the side of the boat in order to prevent the boat from healing.
With these added elements, fine-tuning to increase boat speed is key, something that is often ignored in college sailing due to the simplicity of the boats.
Racing began today and will commence with a medal race and closing ceremony on Sunday, January 28th. Although this regatta is not part of the Olympic qualification series, the results stand as a good benchmark for where competitors rank before the trials begin.
Racing will resume at 12:35pm tomorrow and results can be followed at http://miami.ussailing.org/.
Report filed by KB Knapp '18, Yale Sports Publicity