NEW LONDON, Conn. – The third ranked women's sailing team finished third at the NEISA Women's Championship for the Jerry Reed Trophy, which advanced them to the ICSA Sperry Women's National Championship Semi-Finals. This is the women's team's sixth consecutive appearance at the Semi-Finals, which will take place on May 22 and 23 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Conditions for the 2018 edition of the Reed Trophy were all but straightforward. Wind shifts so extreme they created an unfair racecourse were the norm, forcing the Race Committee to abandon several races throughout the weekend. Inconsistent and unpredictable wind made it extremely difficult on the competitors on a weekend when everything was on the line. In a field of seventeen schools, eleven would advance to the Semi-Finals.
In the opening races on Saturday, Coast Guard suffered three double-digit finishes, putting them slightly behind their usual position on the leaderboard. On a day when racing was happening slowly and every point in each race that much more valuable, the Bears would need to put together a string of top finishes to crawl bag into contention.
Soon the Bears found their stride, putting together six top-5 finishes in the nine races that took place on Saturday afternoon. They would finish the day in fifth overall within a tight group of some of the nation's best teams.
Sunday's conditions were much of the same. The Race Committee worked tirelessly all weekend to keep up with the changing conditions and attempted several races that ultimately were not finished. Only three races were able to be completed on Sunday, two in B-Division and one in A-Division.
Coast Guard made the most out of those three races, finishing no worse than fourth all day. They were able to put much needed points on the teams ahead of them and clawed their way into a tie for third, beating Brown University on a tie breaker. The team finished with 110 points.
Boston College won the 2018 Reed Trophy to become New England Women's Champions with 73 points. Yale University finished third with 95 points. Joining Boston College, Yale University, and Coast Guard at the ICSA Sperry Women's National Championship Semi-Finals are Brown University, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Connecticut College, Harvard University, University of Rhode Island and Tufts University.
Photo courtsey of Rob Migliaccio.