NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's sailing team tested the waters with new women's sailors during the season opener at the Toni Deutch '58 Regatta.
The Massachussetts Institue of Technology has traditionally held the fall women's season opener for at least the past decade. The regatta, which is named after the first female athlete to be awarded a varsity letter at MIT, gives teams an opportunity to see how their sailors stack up against the conference fleet at the start of the new year. After two weeks of preseason practice, McNay Family Director of Sailing Zachary Leonard decided to take advantage of a rule that allows a school to send a second team to a coed regatta if the team consists only of women's sailors. This allowed seasoned skippers juniors Louisa Nordstrom and Chrissie Klingler, with crews junior Graceann Nicolosi and senior Kira Woods, to sail the Harry H. Anderson Jr. Trophy Regatta at home.
Competing A Division at the Toni Deutch Deutch '58 regatta were sophmores skipper Eme Wallace and crew Kathryn Clulo, with first years skipper Anisha Arcot and crew Helena Ware sailing B division. Thirteen races were completed in each division in both Fjs and Fireflies, the latter a boat that first year sailors had no previous experience with before this weekend. Eventually the Bulldogs secured 12th place overall at the regatta, managing to snag a promising 9th place in B division. Saturday began with a shifty river wind of 5 to 10 knots that faded into unsailable breeze stability, difficult conditions for the ocean-based Bulldogs to decifer. Sunday saw a more consistent Northeast breeze that climbed up to 13 knots over the course of the day.
The Bulldogs are looking forward to giving rising team members more opportunities to sail with veteran sailors in the coming weeks.
Final results can be found at https://scores.collegesailing.org/f18/toni-deutsch-58/
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity.