NEWPORT, R.I. - The Bulldogs sit in fifth with a cumulative 167 points after the first day of the Sperry Women's National Championship. After a rocky start to the day - due to the incredibly tricky wind patterns - the Bulldogs are now only approximately 20 points (in each division) away from the leaders due to their steady improvement over the course of the day.
In the A division fleet, junior skipper Louisa Nordstrom sailed with sophomore Claudia Loiacono for the first two sets. Junior superstar crew Graceann Nicolosi, the 2019 NEISA Crew of the Year, joined Nordstrom for the remaining three sets of the day, reuniting the duo that dominated B division in this event last year.
In the B division fleet, junior skipper Chrissie Klingler and senior crew Kira Woods sailed together for the entirety of the 10 race days. The first few sets proved difficult as the veteran sailors worked on deciphering the complex current in conjunction with the tidal patterns and wind factors, but climbed their way through the leaderboard by maintaining a level mental state and reevaluating the course every race.
The final day of the Sperry Women's National Championship looks to be very breezy, a wind condition that the Bulldogs have been known to excel in across the board.
Full scores from today's racing can be found at https://scores.
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity