NEW LONDON, Conn.--The women's sailing team got their first win of the season at the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College. The Bears came from behind on the final day of racing to win the Stu Nelson Trophy for the first time in school history.
Racing was slow to get started on Saturday as the race committee waited for the wind to fill. Breeze from the south finally arrived at 11:30am, which would provide excellent racing conditions for the rest of the day. The George Washington Colonials got off to an early lead, posting a string of low scores during the first two sets. The Bears were not far behind, however, and took advantage of a few tough races by the Colonials to take over the lead going into Sunday.
On Sunday, racing began in a light northerly that slowly built throughout the day. Shifty conditions kept competitors on their toes and rewarded consistency. Despite a late surge by the Bowdoin College Polar Bears, Coast Guard never let go of the lead, eventually winning the regatta by twenty points.
All-American Nikole Barnes and her new teammate Anna Morin are on a hot streak, having won their division in the first two regattas of the season. They finished top-5 in nine out of the twelve races, including four races wins, on their way to winning A-Division with 57 points.
The Bears finished the event with 120 points and took home the Stu Nelson Trophy. Bowdoin was second with 140 points. The University of Rhode Island Rams rounded out the top-3 with 157 points.
Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.