CRANSTON, R.I. – UMass Dartmouth Sailing gathered a 12th place finish over the weekend, competing at the Providence College Invitational on Narragansett Bay out of the Rhode Island Yacht Club.
How it Happened
Light wind on Saturday morning was cause for an initial postponement of racing until the breeze picked up. Seniors Kelsey Delosh (Boston, Mass.) and Courtney Grippin (Wilbraham, Mass.) opened the event in the A division, gathering third and fifth place finishes. In the B division, sophomore Isabel Rombult (Boxford, Mass.) and crew Kathleen Tansey (Quincy, Mass.) sailed together for the first time in competition. At the end of the first day, the Corsairs sat in 11th among the 15-team field.
Rombult and crew Alix Blair (Gloucester, Mass.) opened Sunday's racing with a strong mid-fleet performance, and with the continued efforts of the team captains in the A division brought the Corsairs into 10th place for most of the day. Senior Hanna Desilets (Little Compton, R.I.) became the A division skipper for the last set with freshman Page Veazie (East Bridgewater, Mass.) as her crew in her collegiate sailing debut. Shannon McKeown (Franklin, Mass.) and Melanie Muzyka (Pembroke, Mass.) then took over in the B division. When all was said and done, the Corsairs finished the event in 12th, defeating the likes of Wesleyan and both Providence College teams.
The Corsairs will complete their fall schedule on Thursday, Nov. 10, traveling to the Tufts Invitational at Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass.