NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs finished 3rd with 149 points at the Victorian Urn Trophy at Bowdoin, the culminating women's regatta of the fall season. The sailors sailed 14 races in each division in shifty, heavy breeze that was at times accompanied by snow and sleet.
Junior skipper Louisa Nordstrom, placed 3rd in A division with 72 points, explained that the Bulldogs incurred some "tough races in the beginning but were able to make a skillful comeback despite the tough weather conditions." Nordstrom also credits sophmore crew Katie Clulo, who began sailing women's events this season, as an important asset for for her "clutch" ability to negotiate heavy wind conditions. Sophmore crew Claudia Loiacono proved to once again be an invaluable asset to the team during the lighter conditions on Sunday both through her deft boat handling and crucial ability to parse tidal currents and pressure differentials. Sophmore crew Cate Mollerus, senior crew Kira Woods, and junior skipper Chrissie Klingler placed 4th in B division with 77 points. Although this is slightly less impressive than the Bulldog's results in the previous few weeks, Mollerus believes that the tea executed well in the face of "a really difficult course and tricky conditions."
Although the Victorion Urn Trophy was the fall 2018 season closer, the Bulldogs still have several weeks of practice left in the season before they put away the boats for the long Connecticuit winter. The team is looking forward to our special weather themed scrimmage next weekend and is excited to see all of the Yale sailing team's esteemed alumni who will be returning for the event.
Final results can be found at https://scores.collegesailing.org/f18/victorian-urn/.
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity