Newport, R.I. - The Bulldogs are sitting in first by a large margin after the first day of the Sperry Women's Eastern Semifinals. The heavy wind conditions and challenging waves off Rose Island adjacent to the Sail Newport facilities were skillfully managed by the women's team, which is winning the event with 38 points overall, a 49-point lead over second-place Dartmouth.
The Bulldogs are 88 points from the last place qualifying team. Both the A and B divisions ended the day with 19 points, a testament to the unmatched strength of the Yale team.
In the A, junior skipper Louisa Nordstrom sailed with sophomore Katie Clulo, a rising star in heavy wind racing, for the first three sets and switched to sophomore Claudia Loiacono for the last set of the day as the breeze lightened slightly to moderate hiking conditions. The A team won four out of its eight races and only placed outside of the top five once due to a penalty spin off the start line that would have doomed most teams to the back of the fleet.
In B division, junior skipped Chrissie Klingler sailed with sophomore Cate Mollerus for the first two sets and transitioned to sailing with senior Kira Woods for the second half of the day. Similar to their A division counterparts, the trio collectively nabbed four first place finishes and their only score outside of the top five, also a six, was due to a 720 on the start for a sculling umpire call and another 360 on the reach for hitting the weather mark.
Full scores from today's racing can be found at https://scores.
Racing will begin again tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and can be followed live at the techscore link above or through the social media accounts of ICSA, which can be found through their 2019 Nationals homepage https://2019nationals.collegesailing.org/
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity