NEW LONDON, CT--Women's Sailing opened their 2017 interconference season with a second place finish at the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College. The Stu Nelson Trophy, a staple on the women's fall interconference schedule, attracted eighteen teams from across the country for two days of competition on the Thames River.
After a brief delay waiting for the fog to lift in the morning, sailors were treated to ideal conditions for Saturday's racing. A southeasterly breeze ranging from 8-12 knots made for tight and exciting racing. Finding they had a speed advantage, the Bears jumped into an early lead after winning three of the first four races of the event. After leading for most of Saturday, a few high finishes in A-Division towards the end of the day opened the door for a few teams who were chasing them.
Going into Sunday, the Bears were in second overall - just six points behind regatta leaders Yale - and feeling very confident they could overcome that deficit with a string of solid races. Unfortunately, the wind did not cooperate. Sailors sat on shore waiting for wind until 2pm when a sea breeze finally developed. The race committee was only able to get in one additional race per division before the time limit, both of which Yale went on to win.
Dana Rohde and Maddie Ekin finished fifth in A-Division with 53 points. Madelynn Widmeier and Christina Nothacker were second in B-Division with 27 points, three race wins, and no finishes outside of the top-7. The team combined for 80 points to finish second overall.
Yale won the 2017 Stu Nelson with 65 points. Boston College rounded out the top three, finishing with 93 points.