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Bulldogs Face Stormy Weather, Finish Second

Knapp and Huebner at the Duplin last weekend.
Knapp and Huebner at the Duplin last weekend.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Yale women's sailing team finished second at the breezy Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy hosted at Brown. The event was extremely windy, and many of the best boats on the line capsized at some point on Saturday. The Brown Bears were the only team to best the Bulldogs this weekend. 

Junior skipper Casey Klingler with crews senior Natalya Doris, junior Claire Huebner, and freshman Chrissie Klingler won A division with only 30 points. They finished out of the top six in only one race out of the eight that constituted the regatta.

In a tight B division fleet, junior duo KB Knapp and Claire Huebner placed fifth, only six points out of second. They finished strong, with a third and fourth place in the last two races.

Casey Klingler comments, "Sunday's northeasterly was 15-20 knots with puffs above 30. It was basically just about boat speed and going hard left to minimize tacks and get a lefty off the shore. It was super important to make sure you were watching for the puffs because they were so much bigger than the median breeze, so crews had to be ready to dump the jib on the upwind and get their weight back on the downwinds.

Sunday was 5-10 knots with puffs to 15. The breeze was more northeast, so the racecourse was behind the shore and it was super shifty. It was important to look around for pressure lines coming down the course and connect them to make sure you were always in breeze and lifted."

Next weekend, the Bulldogs will compete at the Emily Wick Interconference at Coast Guard. The New England Championship, which also serves as the qualifier for Nationals, will be sailed at Brown in three weeks.

 

Report filed by Isabelle Rossi de Leon, Yale Sports Publicity