NEW LONDON, Conn. – The women's sailing team, after a string of top five finishes on Sunday to propel them up the leaderboard, finished fifth at the Women's Emily Wick Trophy sailed on home waters. The team finished with 202 points to achieve their best regatta finish of the 2019 season. The team's performance demonstrates a significant upward trend at the right time of the year as they prepare for their conference championship in just two weeks.
Saturday was a difficult day for racing on the Thames River. Competitors were kept on shore all morning waiting for wind. Racing began in a southerly breeze that lasted long enough for two races to be completed in each division. Another long delay followed as the wind shifted to the north and finally northeast. Another four races in A-Division and three races in B-Division were completed.
The Bears finished the day in ninth overall with the scores tight on either side of them.
The competitors were treated to near perfect conditions on Sunday. A south wind that ranged from five to ten knots filled first thing in the morning and continued all day. The Race Committee was able to complete a total of twelve races per division.
Coast Guard excelled in the new conditions on Sunday, finding they had a speed advantage over the rest of the field. After several top five finishes, including three race wins, they soon found themselves battling for a top three position. They would ultimately finish tied for fourth with Hobart and William Smith Colleges to whom they lost the tie breaker.
Madelynn Widmeier and Lily Maranto finished fifth in A-Division with 99 points. Christina Nothacker, Anna Morin, and Madeline Kaller also finished fifth in B-Division with 103 points. The team totaled 202 points for fifth overall.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the 2019 Emily Wick Trophy with 155 points. Brown University was second with 162 and Harvard University was third with 191.
Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.