NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's sailing team won the final interconference regatta before the New England Championship and National Qualifier by an astounding 57 points. The Emily Wick Trophy was particularly competitive this year, with 20 rather than the usual 18 boats on the line in each division.
In A division, junior skipper Casey Klingler and crews junior Caroline Colwell and freshman Chrissie Klingler placed second, just 14 points out of first. URI just barely bested Yale's strong A division. Regardless, Casey Klingler's consistency this season is remarkable.
Freshman skipper Louisa Nordstrom with crews senior Isabelle Rossi de Leon and junior Claire Huebner won B division by 16 points. They finished out of the top half in only three races of 15, a particularly impressive feat considering how strange the conditions were.
The Bulldogs feel great about the dominant win because the conditions were tricky both days. Saturday was windy and shifty with massive current. Nordstrom noted that being observant and cautious was important, particuarly because so many boats were capsizing.
Sunday was much lighter. Colwell comments, "Sunday was challenging because the sea breeze was fighting with Saturday's northwesterly. It was important to keep your head out of the boat and constantly look for pressure upwind."
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will compete at coed events both at home and back at Coast Guard. The following weekend is the Reed Trophy, which serves as both the New England Championship and National Qualifier.
Report filed by Isabelle Rossi de Leon, Yale Sports Publicity