No. 19 Bears Sixth at Danmark Trophy

NEW LONDON, Conn.—(10/6/13)—The 19th ranked sailing team finished 6th at their home event, the prestigious Danmark Trophy, which brings the top talent from the entire country to compete on the Thames River.  Tough competition and variable conditions were the theme as the Bears sailed to the best finish at this event in over a decade.

On Saturday racing began in a light northerly that only allowed the race committee to get in two races in each division.  After a long delay waiting for breeze, a southwesterly filled in which the home squad started to shine. 

"On Saturday afternoon we saw conditions very similar to what we've been training in during the past six weeks," commented Director of Sailing Doug Clark.  "The team took advantage of this and put together a string of really solid races."

After another delay on Sunday morning, a light and fickle easterly filled at around 12:30.  The unpredictability of the shifts kept competitors on their toes and competition tight until the last race.

Despite a few deep scores at the end of the regatta, the Bears finished in 6th place with 172 points.  Avery Fanning and Nikolia Kruger were 4th in A-Division with 86 points.  Also with 86 points, Nikole Barnes and Robert Turley finished 9th in B-Division.

Yale won the 2013 Danmark Trophy with 120 points.  Connecticut College was 2nd with 139 and Dartmouth was 3rd with 144.

"This was a phenomenal result for the entire team," said Clark.  "We're very happy, but not satisfied, and will continue to make small adjustments to improve our performance leading into the fall championships."

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