BOSTON, MASS. – This weekend the Bulldogs finished 10th at the President's Trophy, 32 points out of first. Only six races were able to be completed, making consistency a top priority. The Bulldogs struggled to find their rhythm with mid-fleet finishes throughout the event. Conditions were not easy on the Charles, with wind building from the east growing increasingly puffier and shiftier as the day went on.
Sailing for the Bulldogs in A division was sophomore skipper Chrissie Klingler with first-year Cate Mollerus. In B division was first-year skipper Emery Wallace with first-year crew Katie Wells. In A division Klingler and Mollerus finished 5th in A division, only 8 points out of first. In B division Wells and Wallace finished 11th.
Wallace noted that with the heavy winds and oscillating conditions, "it made it so that it was more a contest of who could keep their boat the most under-control than a contest of tactical knowledge."
Sunday's racing was canceled due to freezing temperatures and high winds. This cancellation allow Chrissie Klinger, who generally skippers for the Bulldogs, to go and heavy crew for the Bulldogs at the Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp at Kings Point.
Based on their performance this weekend and the upcoming women's qualifier less than a week away at the Coast Guard Academy, the Bulldogs have a full week of practice ahead of them. After placing such a strong emphasis on team racing earlier this season, the Bulldogs will need to shift back to the fleet racing mindset.
Full scores can be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/president/B/.
Report filed by KB Knapp 18', Yale Sports Publicity