CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – After a hard second day at the Women's Team Race National Invite Promotional, the Bulldogs fell to Boston University after losses in the last two races, finishing 2nd overall.
The Bulldogs had a strong start to the event, losing only 3 races in the first two rounds, finishing the day two wins ahead of Boston University and Brown University. Wind conditions were optimal for most of the day, with a 4-8 knot westerly breeze that faded and became an easterly seabreeze for the final races of the day. One of the main strengths of the Bulldogs were their starts and speed, often times propelling them forward on the first beat of the upwind leg with little work to be done. Racing for the second day was broken into a final four with the goal of completing two round robins among the competing teams.
On Sunday conditions were less than ideal, with no breeze and rain showers that delayed racing for three hours. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were off to a slow start, loosing their first two races of round one of the final four to MIT and Boston University. Although in both races they rounded mark one in winning combinations, shifty winds and sloppy covering schemes on the downwind leg made it hard to stay ahead. The Bulldogs were able to rebound for the final race of the first final four round beating Brown. The Bulldogs entered round 2 of the final four with a chance to still win the event. They had a strong win in the first race against MIT, but unfortunately fell to Boston University after a re-sail was completed of race two.
Although this regatta had little weight, it was a great opportunity for the women's team to improve their team racing skills. With greater female team racing opportunities in the future, hopefully one day a women's team race nationals will be created.
After a long ten weeks of competing, the Bulldogs will have a much needed two weeks off to prepare for final exams. The Bulldogs will return to the water on May 11th in order to prepare for nationals held in Norfolk, Virginia in late May.
More information and full scores can be found at https://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/women-national-team-race/.
Report filed by KB Knapp '18, Yale Sports Publicity