NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Women's Sailing team won the Stu Nelson regatta hosted at Connecticut College this weekend. The extremely competitive inter-conference event featured some of the best women's sailing teams in the country.
The Bulldogs placed first in the regatta wtih 71, besting the second place team by a solid 8 points. The sailors relied on consistency and majority top five finishes in both divisions to clinch the coveted victory. Senior Kira Woods, who crewed in B division with junior skipper Chrissie Klingler, emphasized the small fleet size as a tricky element of the regatta, stating that she worked with Klingler to focus on "playing the current whenever possible to gain an advantage over other boats." The solid breeze on Saturday was complicted by the aformentioned current, a geographic feature caused by recent rainfall. The race committee was able sail 8 races in each division on Saturday, but barely managed to squeeze a single viable race per division on Sunday. Sophomore crew Claudia Loiaccono explains that "there was so much current on Sunday and so little wind that it made it impossible to sail." Loiaccono sailed in A division in the event with junior skipper Louisa Nordstrom. The Bulldogs maintained their first place standing for the entirety of the regatta, a testament to the capability and tenacity of the sailors.
The Bulldog sailors are looking ahead to the Women's Showcase Finals, which will be held next weekend at Bowdoin.
Final results can be found at https://scores.collegesailing.org/f18/stu-nelson/.
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity