NEWPORT, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's sailing team showed improvement on the second and final day of racing Sunday at the Southern Series One Regatta, held off Fort Adams and hosted by Salve Regina University.
Saturday's races were called off following sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, and gusts to 40 mph. Only one race was held, in trying conditions.
Sunday, the Corsairs showed continued improvement, especially in the "A" Division with outstanding efforts by senior co-captains Shawna Denn (Dracut, MA/Greater Lowell Tech HS), and Michelle Guidotti (West Hartford, CT/Conard HS). Freshman Kelsey Martins (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), recently elevated to "A" racing, proved an emerging talent.
"We were very pleased to see the sailors in "A" win a couple of starts, and challenge the competition all afternoon," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Luke Hubert. "This effort was against the best sailors in the New England League."
In the "B" division, UMass Dartmouth's coaches decided to use various combinations of the five remaining sailors they brought to Newport. Junior Paige Brown (Framingham, MA/ Framingham HS) teamed with sophomore Emma Linden (Beverly, MA/Beverly HS); sophomores Baily Rice (Southampton, MS/Hampshire Regional HS) and Julia Trudel (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) were tops in negotiating the race course, and sophomore Emily Doiron (Arlington, MA/Arlington HS), in the day's final races with Rice, was very competitive.
"Today we saw the best effort to date from the young Corsair team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "It's really uplifting to see them do so well. They are constantly improving, and show high levels of competitive decision making."
The Corsairs will compete at the Admiral Alymers Trophy, hosted by Massachusetts Maritime, in two weeks.
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