Nationals Blog - Women's Finals Day One

Nationals Blog - Women's Finals Day One

The intercollegiate sailing team has once again qualified for both the Sperry Women's National Championship and the Gill Coed National Championship. Sophomore Madelynn Widmeier will be giving an inside look on the team's trip to Charleston, SC during the championships. 

Thursday, May 25

The wind today was a sustained 20-23 knots with puffs in the high 20s. Being a light team, we played with dropping the mainsail to depower the boat more than anyone else. The current was a huge factor again. Going up wind, it felt like the boat was in a washing machine because waves were coming from every direction.

After getting 6 races in both fleets by 1230, the race committee sent all the sailors to shore for an hour and a half lunch break. Even though the races were on the shorter side, it was so windy so everyone needed a break. During this time the Bears were able to refocus and refuel themselves.

We came back out and sailed 4 races in shiftier and puffier conditions. We put together some better races and finished strong. The Bears gave it their all today and are in 3rd place going in tomorrow. With 8 races still left to sail in each division, a lot can happen. The Bears are resting up for a big day tomorrow. I can't wait to see who is named the next national champions. GO BEARS!

- Maddie Widmeier, Pipersville, PA