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Bulldogs Sitting in Third at National Semifinal

Photo by Rob Migliachio - Kira Woods and Nic Baird sailing upwind in breeze.
Photo by Rob Migliachio - Kira Woods and Nic Baird sailing upwind in breeze.

NEWPORT, RI – The Yale Sailing Team began the first day of the Gill coed national championship on Tuesday by competing in the Western semifinal.


After team racing, the nationals shifts back to fleet racing, which allows for eighteen teams to compete at the same time. Semifinals allows 36 teams to compete, but in two separate regattas, each gunning for a top 9 finish which will allow them to move onto the national finals.


After day one, Yale is sitting in third place in the Western semi final. They trail second place by five points, and are safely qualifying with a 90 point lead over tenth place.


In A division, senior Nic Baird sailing with crews sophomore Sonia Lingos-Utley and senior Kira Woods are currently leading A division with 27 points.


In B division, Shawn Harvey and Nick Hernandez with crews Christine Klingler and Claudia Loiacono are in sixth place with 52 points.


The semifinals has historically been used as a rest/ tune-up event for the national finals, as the Yale team generally secures a qualifying spot relatively early on. Look for alternates to get a chance to sail the event tomorrow.


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Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity