PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Bulldogs had tricky conditions sailing against the nation's best this weekend, finishing in third behind Brown and Stanford at the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy.
Conditions for the first day of the racing were close to champagne, with temps in the 60s and a late seabreeze that filed in at 12-18 knots from the south/southwest. A division was able to complete 10 races in Z420s and B division had 8 races in FJs. It was a long day for the Bulldogs, with consistent winds making boat speed extremely important. Without heavy pairings, the Bulldogs had to work hard.
On Sunday, sailors were greeted with much more unstable winds from the west, creating large puffs and oscillations throughout the course. At times, racing seemed like a game of luck, with a short course and shifts that were hard to predict. The Bulldogs tried to keep mental clarity and consistency in these conditions.
Sailing for the Bulldogs in A division was senior skipper Casey Klingler and first-year crew Claudia Loiacono placing fifth. Sailing for the Bulldogs in B division was sophomore skipper Louisa Nordstrom with crews Graceann Nicolosi and Claire Huebner placing third. They had a consistent event placing out of the top ten in only one race.
With a challenging weekend behind them, the Bulldogs hope to train hard this week perform well at the Emily Wick next weekend, hosted at home.
Complete scores can be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/dellenbaugh-women/.
Report filed by KB Knapp '18, Yale Sports Publicity