NEWPORT, RI – The Bulldogs finished second in the Gil Coed Eastern Semifinals at Sail Newport with 145 points, successfully qualifying for the Gil Coed Fleet Race Nationals.
The second day of fleet racing began in winds of 9 knots with gusts of 14 that slowly died to an average of knots with gusts of 8. The Bulldogs scored mostly top five finishes over the course of the day, despite the fact that they gave many of their top sailors a full or partial day off for racing in order to rest up for the next two days of fleet racing finals. Each division sailed 6 races, thus rounding out a 28 race total regatta.
In A division, senior Nic Baird sailed the first set before handing over the tiller to junior Louisa Nordstrom, who was just honored as an All-American at the Sperry Women's National Championship. Sophomore Sonia Lingos-Utley sailed the first set with Baird and junior Graceann Nicolosi and first year Catherine Webb sailed the second and third sets respectively with Nordstrom. The Bulldogs placed second overall in A division with 58 points.
In B division, sophomore Shawn Harvey skippered the first set and junior Chrissie Klingler - another women's sailor to have already been honored with the title of 2019 All-American - skippered the second and third set. Klingler served as Harvey's heavy crew in the first two races yesterday, proving her versatility in the boat. Nicolosi sailed with Harvey and senior Kira Woods sailed with Klingler. The Bulldogs placed 6th in B division with 87 points.
Tomorrow marks the start of the Gil College Sailing Coed Nationals, where the Bulldogs will finally be able to prove that they are truly kings of the castle. The sailors have been training all year for this championship, and are approaching the finals with their game faces on and the mentality that "you cannot get this [type of dedication and teamwork]" anywhere else.
Scores from todays racing can be found at https://scores.
Scores for the Gil College Sailing Coed Nationals can be found at https://scores.
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Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity