NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs had a strong performance this weekend at the Women's Showcase Finals at Brown, finishing just two points away from first place in a fleet that consisted of some the best women's sailing teams in the nation.
Junior skipper Louisa Nordstrom dominated A division with a total of only 75 points across 14 races. Nordstrom, who sailed with junior crew Graceann Nicolosi, explained that the "crazy shifty and challenging conditions," which ranged from 2 to 15 knots across the two days, were exacerbated by "streaky puffs that would only appear on one side of the course so you often had to sail to the wind instead of waiting for it to come to you." Nordstrom and Nicolosi's first in A division comes as no surprise to those who follow the power duo, both former All-Americans and widely considered to be two of the best female sailors in the country.
Junior skipper Chrissie Klinger also sailed skillfully this weekend, consistently placing in the top 10 and scoring numerous first place finishes. Kilngler, who sailed B division with senior crew Kira Woods and sophmore crew Cate Mollerus, would have snagged a victory in her division if not for a fluke last race, and ultimately ended up in an admirable second place. Klingler reported that "very shifty sailing kept everyone on their toes" and that the best strategy was to "stay consistent despite the chaos.".
The prowess of the Yale Bulldogs is clearly apparent, and the team is excited to continue to demonstrate their skills at the home advantage next weekend.
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity