NORFOLK, VA. – The Bulldogs sailed in extremely competitive racing today, as 18 of the nation's best teams raced in the Sperry Women's National Championship. Racing started in an 8-12 knot northerly, with large oscillations occurring at the top part of the beat, making or breaking the race for many. Conditions continued to be challenging throughout the day with the breeze eventually dropping and switching towards the northeast. In this new direction, pressure was hard to see coming off the land and current played a significant factor.
Louisa Nordstrom and Graceann Nicolosi did a great job working their magic in B division, clawing back after some deep starts and ending the day in 1st overall. If they continue this lead after six races tomorrow, this will be Nordstrom's second consecutive division national championship win. Senior skipper Casey Klingler and crews senior KB Knapp and Claudia Loiacono struggled to find their rhythm throughout the day. For the final set, sophomore skipper Chrissie Klingler and junior crew Kira Woods were subbed in.
Sitting in 9th overall, 35 points out of 3rd, the Bulldogs are hoping for a large comeback tomorrow. Having not sailed to their full potential today, they are ready to use their skills to claw their way back to the top.
Racing will begin at 10:00am and can be followed live at https://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/sperry-topsider-women-national/full-scores/.
Report filed by KB Knapp '18, Yale Sports Publicity