Opening weekend for Seahawk sailors includes top five finish

Salve Regina sailing had a top five finish in one of its three regattas on opening weekend.
Salve Regina sailing had a top five finish in one of its three regattas on opening weekend.

NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University sailing team competed in three regattas on its opening weekend of 2017-18 (Sept. 9-10). The Seahawks were in familiar waters at the Mt. Hope Bay regatta hosted by Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.; other members of the team were in Cambridge, Mass., with regattas hosted by MIT and Harvard on the Charles River.

At Mt. Hope Bay, the regatta started out with a light and wavering 3-7 kt northerly breeze. Four races in each division were completed in the trying conditions. One protest was heard, which was disallowed. Sunday began with much more favorable conditions as the wind settled from the same northerly direction with a consistent 8-12 kt breeze. The conditions allowed five more races to be sailed, rounding out the weekend for a nine-race regatta. Salve Regina's A Division competitors finished third and the combined squad finished fifth out of 13 schools.