The Bulldogs qualify for the LaserPerformance Women's Nationals this weekend by placing 5th overall at the NEISA Women's Championship at MIT. Volatile wind conditions that bordered on unsailable on both ends of the spectrum were no mach for the Yale women's sailing team as they maintained consistency and tact through 16 races in each division over the two day regatta.
Saturday proved to be an incredibly windy day that featured a steady breeze of 15 knots that was punctuated by gusts of up to 40. Capsizes and turtling occured with alarming frequency, even once sending sophmore crew Claudia Loiacono flying off the bow of an upturned hull. Despite the powerful wind and tricky course, which featured a righty "wall" at the starting line and unpredictable lefties, 10 races were sailed with A divison in Fjs and B division in 420s (the fireflies were delegated to the coed regatta at Harvard). On Sunday the two divisions switched boats and sailed 3 sets each. The morning began with a quick postponement as the race committee waited for the wind to fill in, eventually a light breeze from the south-southeast direction emerged and fluctuated from 3-6 knots all day, at one point forcing a race abandonment as it died.
Junior skipper Louisa Nordstrom, placed 6th in A division with 99 points, five points behind 3rd place Brown University. Nordstrom sailed the first five races with Loiacono and switched to sophmore crew Katie Clulo for races six and seven after a brutal capsize in race five landed the team a DNF. Nordstrom sailed race eight with Loiacono, race nine with Clulo, and finished the day with Loiacono. Loiacono stayed in with Nordstrom for all six races on Sunday. Over the course of the regatta the Bulldgs garnered several bullets in A division and only one score outside of the top 10 (not factoring in the DNF).
Junior skipper Chrissie Klingler placed 5th in B division with 95 points, an almost 40 point margin ahead of 6th place URI. Klingler sailed the first set with senior crew Kira Woods and switched to sophmore crew Cate Mollerus for races three through five. Woods sailed race six and was once again replaced by Mollerus for races seven through nine until concluding the day with Kingler by scoring a bullet in race 10. Woods and Klingler sailed all of Sunday together, securing yet another first place in race 13.
This is the last regatta of the spring 2019 season before nationals, leaving the Bulldogs plenty of time to wrap up their academic endeavours and train dilligently in preparation for Newport.
Final results from the event can be found at https://scores.collegesailing.org/s19/neisa-women/.
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity