NEW HAVEN, CONN. – This weekend the Bulldogs will be taking a break from team racing and competing in their second fleet race event of the season, the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy hosted by Brown University. The past two years this event has been extremely windy and cold, with John Mollicone pushing the sailors to their limits. Conditions look warmer than usual, with sunny skies and temps in the high 50s with winds out of the west at 12 mph for Saturday's racing. Sunday's racing looks on the breezier side, with steady winds out of the west at 17 mph. The Bulldogs will be competing in both FJs and Z420s.
Sailing for the Bulldogs will be the top lineup of skippers senior Casey Klingler and sophomore Louisa Nordstrom with crews senior Claire Huebner, sophomores Graceann Nicolosi and Chrissie Klingler and first-years Claudia Loiacono and Becca Rose. The normal duo of Klingler and Loiacono will be competing in A division with Nordstrom and Nicolosi sailing together for the first time this year in B division. Claire Huebner, Chrissie Klingler, and Becca Rose may also spend some time in if windy. After a strong performance at St Mary's Women's without the presence of Casey Klingler, the Bulldogs are an extremely competitive team going into the event.
With the top teams in the country traveling to this event, this will be good preparation for the Reed Trophy, the Women's qualifier for nationals, held on April 21st and 22nd.
The Bulldogs main focus this weekend will be on boat-speed and tactics, as the Bulldogs get back into the fleet racing mindset.
Racing will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and can be followed at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/dellenbaugh-women/rotations/.
Report filed by KB Knapp '18, Yale Sports Publicity