Women's Sailing Places Eighth at Brown University's Dellenbaugh Trophy

Sophomore crew Anna Robling saw A team action

CRANSTON, R.I. - On two very different days of sailing, the annual Dellenbaugh Trophy regatta hosted by Brown University was held at the Edgewood Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday where the Tufts University women's team placed eighth out of 18 entries.

Saturday's extremely cold and windy conditions were answered with lots of sun, much warmer temps and extremely tight racing in a beautiful, shifty North/Northwest breeze on Sunday. A total of eight races in two divisions were held.

Tufts earned scores of 66 in A division and 81 in B division for a 147 total. They tied with Stanford, but won a head-to-head tie-breaker to place eighth. The Jumbos were nine behind seventh-place Connecticut College's 138 score.

The Jumbo A team was seventh in its division, registering a best finish of third in the opening race. Senior MaryClaire Kiernan skippered the entire weekend with senior crew Julia Fuller on board for the first and second and fifth through eighth races. Sophomore Anna Robling saw first team action for the first time crewing in the third and fourth starts.

The Tufts B team of junior skipper Molly Pleskus and sophomore crew Sabrina Van Mell were 12th in the division. They also took third in the first of the eight races.

Host Brown University won the regatta by a large margin with a 31-15-46 scoring line. Yale was second at 30-59-89.

Saturday's conditions saw heavy rain and a wintry mix to go along with a building North/Northeast wind of 15-25 knots with a few higher puffs. Once the higher puffs became more stable, racing was cancelled for the day at around 2 p.m. The action included many capsizes, blown out jib windows and some minor repairs needed throughout the day. On Sunday winds ranged from 6-15 knots.