Women's Sailing Places Fifth at NEISA Championship
HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth sailing teams competed at five regattas this weekend with the premiere event coming on the women's side at the NEISA Championship. The Big Green placed fifth out of 17 schools and qualified for the ICSA Women's Semi-Finals on May 30 in Austin, Texas.
Boston College won the NEISA Women's Championship with a total of 97 points. Dartmouth had 238 points with 143 in the A Division and 95 in the B Division. The team had the third-best total in the B Division.
Dartmouth placed 10th of 19 at the Admiral's Cup at Kings Point, N.Y. The Big Green scored 186 points in the A Division, 184 points in the B Division and 166 points in the C Division for a total of 536 points. The College of Charleston won the regatta with 315 points.
At the Priddy Trophy hosted by MIT, the Big Green placed fourth of nine schools. In the one-division regatta, Dartmouth totaled 34 points with Tufts taking first with 19 points. The team competed at the Thompson Trophy and took eighth of 18 schools. The Big Green had 180 points in the A Division and 122 points in the B Division for a two-division total of 302 points. Yale took the top spot with 213 points.
The best finish of the weekend came at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta hosted by Fordham and Columbia. Dartmouth had 101 points (52 points A Division and 49 points B Division) but finished 27 points behind Tufts who took first with 74 points.
The Big Green compete in five events this coming weekend, highlighted by two home regattas and the NEISA Team Race Championship at Cambridge, Mass.
Quotes from the Weekend
On the Women's New England Championship
"After a tough New England Championship regatta this weekend, the Dartmouth is headed for the 2012 ICSA Women's Semi-Finals in Texas at the end of May," Junior Madilyn Gamble (Marblehead, Mass.) said. "Chandler Salisbury (Lakewood, Ohio) and I sailed the first 6 races in A division on Saturday, after which Kelsey Wheeler (Osterville, Mass.) took over with crews Margaret Wilson (Rye, N.Y.) and Sarah Peck (Old Lyme, Conn.). Deirdre Lambert (Cumberland, Maine) sailed the entire regatta in B division with crews Carissa Crawford (San Diego, Calif.) and Catie O'Sullivan (Needham, Mass.). Twelve races were completed on Saturday, leaving just five to be sailed on Sunday. Sunday's conditions were also challenging, with breeze between 8 and 12 knots, long shifts, and choppy water."
On the Thompson Trophy
"The Thames River brought beautiful conditions for the Coast Guard Academy's Thompson Trophy, allowing a complete rotation of 18 races in 420s and FJs," Junior John Renehan (Seattle, Wash.) said. "The early fog greeting the sailors burned off to reveal a 5-10 knot southerly, with sunshine. Chris Price (Huntington, N.Y.) and Michelle Hernandez (Wichita Falls, Texas) won four of Saturday's twelve B-Division races. The forecast for Sunday called for increasing rain and breeze, a somewhat unwelcome development. CGA organizers and sailors worked together to finish three more sets before the weather hit. A shifty northerly, coupled with a Thames flowing hard from rain farther north, made for tricky racing. Price and Hernandez won another race, while John Renehan (Seattle, Wash.) and Charlotte Snow (Annapolis, Md.) finished the regatta with their best two sets, putting the Big Green in eighth overall."
On the Admiral's Cup
"The Admirals Cup at Kings Point saw three divisions of top-level competition," Senior Samuel Williams (Summit, N.J.) said. "The best breeze of the season met the strong Long Island sound current to form the difficult choppy and breezy conditions in which 19 races were completed. Fortunately the team came equipped with heavy air specialist Ian Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and single-handed veteran David McClatchy (Annapolis, Md.), joined by Williams, Rachel Moncton (Cupertino, Calif.) and Scott Houck (Annapolis, Md.). The team finished 10th overall, and most importantly became reacquainted with MAISA academy sailing, which will be important as we approach Nationals Semi-Finals at Navy."
On the Priddy Trophy
"Trace Smith (Dedham, Mass.) and I had a great day on Saturday racing Fireflies at MIT at the Priddy Trophy." Freshman Alexa Krupp (Setauket, N.Y.) said. "The weather was basically perfect. It was warm and sunny with a good amount of breeze coming from the west. It took us a little to feel comfortable in the fireflies, because they are smaller than FJs. The Fireflies tip pretty easily and we found it was really important to pay attention to the flatten coming out of a tac and not trim the jib too early because it takes the boat more time to level out. You also need to play the vang a lot, and let it off when you turn downwind to help the boat turn down."