|Taylor Hart crewed in both divisions for the Jumbos this weekend.|
CRANSTON, R.I. – The Tufts University women's sailing team finished in 14th place out of 18 teams at the annual Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown University on Saturday and Sunday.
Fourteen races were competed in two divisions. Tufts had finishes adding up to 138 in A division and 172 in B's for a 310 total. The Jumbos were seven back of 13th-place Northeastern (303) and 23 ahead of 15th-place Old Dominion (333).
Sailing for Tufts was sophomore skipper Talia Toland with freshman crew Ann Sheridan (first through 10th races) and senior crew Taylor Hart (11th through 14th starts) in A's. The B team was freshman skipper Abbie Carlson with Hart on board as crew for the first through 10th races and freshman Audrey Becker taking over for the 11th through 14th.
Tufts was 10th in A's as they had seven top 10 finishes. They were fifth twice, in the fourth and seventh races. The Jumbo B's had four top 10 races, including a team-best third in the fourth start. They were 14th in their division.
Saturday was a beautiful day for college sailing. The competitors were treated to sunny skies, temps in the 50's on the water, and a building Southerly breeze that started out Southeast at around 6 knots and built to 16 knots or so out of the South. Ten races in each division were sailed with A-division sailing FJs and B-division in Z420s.
Yale had a huge lead heading into day two, with race 11A scheduled to begin at 10 am. Sunday would turn out to be a crazy day at the Dellenbaugh. Sailors arrived to 20-30 knots out of the South with big waves and temps in the 50's. A-division sailed races 11 and 12 in a solid 20-plus knots with gusts near 30 knots. A number of boats capsized and some had to be rescued, resulting in a postponement ashore for approximately an hour. Once the breeze came down at around 12:45 pm, B-division went out and sailed in a nice 15-18 knot Southerly that began trending to the West. The last set in each division saw the breeze slowly die down and move West with the occasional huge puff and some rain. By race 14B it was West/Southwest at 6-8 knots to wrap up racing for the day.
Yale had a dominant performance to win the 2019 Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy with a 61-53-114 scoring line. They were 67 points lower than second-place Brown (181).