Newport, R.I – The Yale Women's sailing team heads to Newport Rhode Island to compete in the 4-day fleet race nationals events that begin on Tuesday. The 36 qualifying teams are seeded into two equal geographic groups. The Bulldogs will spend the first two days racing against 17 other Eastern women's teams, and the top 9 boats from that regatta will start with a blank slate the following day to race against their top nine Western counterparts in the two day Sperry Women's Fleet Race regatta.
Conditions for the first day of the semifinals look to be very breezy, with a steady wind of 12-14 knots and gusts in the low 20s. The second day of the semifinals is redicted to begin with an 11 knot wind gusting 19 that slowly dies to a light 5 knot breeze with gusts of by the end of the day. The Bulldogs particularly excel in windy conditions, and are hoping to use their tremendous skill navigating ocean waves and heavy winds to their advantage in this qualifying round.
Follow the scores at https://scores.collegesailing.org/s19sperry-women-east-semis, follow the racing at https://2019nationals.collegesailing.org/, and watch the livestream at https://2019nationals.collegesailing.org/events/womens-championship (the link on the sidebar of the page will go live on the day of the event).
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity