Newport, Rhode Island – With the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast for day two of the 2008 ICSA Women’s National Championship, racing was underway by 10:00 a.m. in a moderate southwest breeze that allowed both A- and B-Divisions to complete four races each by the break for lunch. As the morning haze burned off, the 15-20 southwesterly gave the competitors plenty to work with on Narragansett Bay as four additional races were completed just as a line of clouds threatened to bring showers to the racecourse.
For the ladies from Yale University (New Haven, Conn.), their efforts to extend their lead appeared to be unstoppable through the break after the 10th races in both divisions. Up by 27 points over second-placed Brown, the resumption of racing saw the B-Division duo of junior Kate Hagemann (Marion, Mass./Naples, Fla.) and freshman Liz Brim (New York, N.Y.) pick up an OCS and two additional double-digit finishes that dropped them from first to fourth in their division. Junior Jane Macky (Auckland, New Zealand), with sophomore Marla Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) and freshman Sarah Lihan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), kept her grip on second place in A-Division to keep Yale in the overall leader’s position with 147 points.
Most improved goes to Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) who started the day seventh overall and moved to second overall by the end of the day’s fourth race. The efforts of A-Division junior skipper Leigh Kempton (Island Heights, N.J.) with senior Emily Flint (Longmeadow, Mass.), and the B-Division team of juniors Martha Pitt (Milton, Mass.) and Lily Beck (Larchmont, N.Y.) have the Eagles only seven points out of first place, despite one boat hitting two marks, and one boat not only hitting a mark, but being over the starting line early in one race.
The defending champions from St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s, Md.) moved into third place from fifth yesterday, while Brown University (Providence, R.I.) slipped back a spot to fourth overall. However, with both colleges tied at 157 points, the mere 10 points keeping these teams from first place puts Yale within striking distance when the final day of racing gets underway tomorrow.
New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court is the headquarters for the three-day championship that concludes May 28. New York Yacht Club is the host of the championship – sailed in 420s – along with Brown University (Providence, R.I.) and Salve Regina University (Newport, R.I.), with support from Sail Newport.
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