ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Dartmouth women’s sailing team is in first place after the first six races of the College Spring National Championship on Wednesday.

Unfortunately the wind did not fill in time for the semifinals time limit. The results for the eight races sailed in each division of semifinals on Tuesday stood helping the Big Green advance to the final.

The event is co-hosted by South Florida, St. Petersburg, Eckerd College and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club while boasting a field of 18 teams. The sailors are racing off the coast of St. Petersburg in Tampa Bay.

The Big Green have a team total of 72 points after the first leg of races, holding a five point advantage over second place Boston College. Dartmouth is 1/3 of the way to capturing top honors with two legs left in the final women’s regatta of the season.

The race was broken up into two divisions. In the ‘A’ Division, the Big Green sailors got off to a quick start registering 29 points. The 29 points in the opening portion of the event was the second best in the heat behind the U.S. Naval Academy. In the ‘B’ Division, the Eagles of Boston College closed the gap on Dartmouth. When all was said and done in the second division of races the Big Green had a total of 43 points bringing their day one tally up to 72.

Anything can happen on the second day of action as four teams are within 16 points of Dartmouth. The sailors return to the water Thursday, May 23, for the second day of action in the sunshine state.