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Bulldogs Win Women's Singlehanded Conference Championship

Junior Louisa Nordstrom as she sailed to victory at the 2018 NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship. Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.
Junior Louisa Nordstrom as she sailed to victory at the 2018 NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship. Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Bulldog Louisa Nordstrom won the singlehanded conference championship this weekend despite light wind conditions, earning a spot in the coveted LaserPerformance Single Handed National Championship. The second week of the fall season proved to be tricky with a barely-there breeze that yielded some events unsailable for half the weekend. 

 

The Regis Trophy, held at Boston University, faced delays until late Satuday afternoon as the race committee waited for the wind. Sophmore Emery Wallace, who skippered A division at the event on Sunday, said that "when the breeze filled in it waa really patchy with puffs of around 3-4 knots, so the main strategy for the day was just to connect the puffs...expecially because of the pressure differential on the Charles." On Saturday Wallace sailed A division with first year crew Meredith Ryan, while B division was sailed by first year skipper Anisha Arcot and sophmore crew Claudia LoiaconoOn Sunday sophmore Sonia Lingos-Utley skippered with sophmore crew Cate Mollerus in A division and Ryan crewed for Arcot in B division. Six races in each division were completed in the first day with an additional two races completed on Saturday. The Bulldogs placed 12th overall with a total of 103 points. As Lingos Utley philosophically phrased the strategy of the team, "The teams that can wait are the ones that do the best in the end."

 

The NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championships were concurrently sailed at Boston College by juniors Louisa Nordstrom and Chrissie Klingler. The wind at the event was also extremely light and was coupled with very strong current. These conditions yileded extremely difficult upwind legs that relied heavily on current line identification. Nordstrom won the regatta with 42 points while Klinger unfortunately did not make one of the top six qualifying spots and placed 9th with 76 points. Nordstrom reflects, "There were only a couple points of separation going into the last race so I was really happy to maintain the lead throughout the whole regatta."

 

Scores can be found at https://scores.collegesailing.org/f18/regis/ and https://scores.collegesailing.org/f18neisa-women-singlehanded-championships.

Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity.