NORFOLK, Va. – The Dartmouth sailing team opened competition in day one of the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association finals in the Sperry Women’s National Championship hosted by Old Dominion.
Following two days of semifinals, the field of teams was narrowed down to 18 from 36 in the beginning. The Big Green finished in 12th in the first day with 241 points. In the Division A the team in green and white competed well, holding sixth place with 103 points, but the competition stiffened in Division B, where Dartmouth fell behind and came in 11th with 138 points. There were six teams in Division B who all held scores under 100 points at the end of the day.
Leading the pack of 18 so far is MIT with 156 total, College of Charleston in second with 160 and Boston College with 174. The Big Green trail Ivy League foes Brown, Cornell and Yale who are in fifth, sixth and ninth place respectively. In the semifinals the Bulldogs came out on top in the Eastern Division but struggled severely in Division A today with 150 points in their races.
Racing began at 10 a.m. this morning in an 8-12 knot northerly. Fleets got underway and churned races out until the first break around 1 p.m., before racing continued as the wind rotated to right to the northeast at 6-10 knots. The teams completed 12 races in each fleet.
Tomorrow all teams return for the final races of the championships beginning at 10 a.m.
Sperry Women’s National Championship Top 9 (Day 1)
- 1. MIT, 156
- 2. College of Charleston, 160
- 3. Boston College, 174
- 4. Hobart and William Smith, 175
- 5. Brown, 179
- 6. Cornell, 197
- 7. U.S. Coast Guard, 199
- 8. Rhode Island, 205
- 9. Yale, 210