MEDFORD, MASS. – The Bulldogs had a great comeback late in the regatta and were able to defend their title, winning the Duplin for the second time in two years.
Saturday's racing had classic conditions for Mystic Lake with light winds and large shifts throughout the day. The Bulldogs won all but one race against the Brown Bears before the wind shut off just before 4:15pm.
On Sunday gray skies and snow showers accompanied with gusty winds provided interesting conditions for the sailors. After sailing three races that morning and having two losses, the Bulldogs were able to advance to the final six in the afternoon. The Bulldogs were able to maintain a solid record, losing only one race to Dartmouth in the final six, securing the title.
The team of skippers senior Casey Klingler and sophomores Louisa Nordstrom and Chrissie Klingler showed their strong boat-handling and boat speed in shifty conditions throughout the event. Crews senior Claire Huebner, Caroline Colwell and first-year Cate Mollerus showed their ability to transition quickly through the changing conditions. The Bulldogs also had a lot of grit, sailing through snow showers and freezing temperatures.
This year was senior crew Claire Huebner's fourth and final Duplin. She brings unique experience to this event in that she has both skippered and crewed at the Duplin. After racing on Sunday, she noted "Today the breeze was very puffy and shifty so we worked throughout the day on balancing fleet racing and sailing the shifts with sailing a more traditional team race. Skewed courses, a mini blizzard, and flipping competitors kept the racing interesting all day long."
After practicing a lot of team racing, the Bulldogs will make a shift towards focusing on fleet racing with the qualifier for women's nationals being just four weekends away. The Bulldogs will also be sending the same team to the Women's Team Race National Invite Promotional hosted by MIT for the first time the last weekend of April. With the creation of this event, there is hope that a women's team race nationals will be created in the future.
More information and complete scores can be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/joseph-duplin-women-team-race/.
Report filed by KB Knapp '18, Yale Sports Publicity