Women's Sailing Finishes 15th at 1st National Showcase Event

Ann Sheridan crewed in A division for the Jumbos

CRANSTON, R.I. – Tufts University Women's Sailing placed 15th out of the 18 teams at the first-ever Women's Showcase Final sailed out of the Ted Turner Sailing Pavilion at the Edgewood Yacht Club Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday brought some rain and cool temps for the first half of the day and then the sun came out for a bit in the mid-afternoon. Temps were in the 50's and it was a cold first half of racing. All races were in a mainly shifty westerly of 6-12 knots with big shifts in either direction. Ten races were sailed on Saturday in each division. Yale led after a long day on the water.

Sunday brought nicer weather, but lighter and really unstable conditions to begin the day. One race was sailed in each division before a wind delay. The breeze began to get better around 12:30 and three more races were sailed in each division after the break for a total of 14 races in each division. Again, it was a mainly westerly direction with big shifts and an average velocity range of 6-10 knots with a few bigger puffs.

Tufts finished with scores of 141 in A division and 183 in B division for a 324 final. They were three behind of 14th-place Coast Guard (321) and 13 in front of 16th-place South Florida (337). The hometown Brown Bears won the first-ever College Sailing Women's Showcase Final in the last race over Yale by two points. The winning Bears finished with a 80-78-158 scoring line.

The Jumbo A team of sophomore skipper Talia Toland and freshman crew Ann Sheridan were ninth in the division. They had a pair of runner-up races in the sixth and ninth starts.

For B's, the Jumbos used junior Charlotte Lenz and freshman Abbie Carlson as skippers, with Lenz on board for the first through 10th races and Carlson handling the rest. Sophomore Marly Hillman crewed the first through eighth races and senior Taylor Hart crewed the ninth through 14th. Tufts was 17th in the division overall with a best race of third in the sixth start (Lenz and Hillman).