October 18, 2009

No. 5 Bulldogs Sail to Victory on the Sound

Bulldogs Win Big Intersectional For the Second Week in a Row

Full Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The No. 5 Bulldogs used their momentum from last weekend as well as the advantage of sailing on home waters to win the Yale Women’s Fall Intersectional at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford.  Sailing in the 420s that they know well, the Bulldogs finished with 117 points, five points ahead of second-place Boston College.

Weather forecasts predicted big breeze throughout the weekend but the wind did not bluster as much as expected. On Saturday, the wind was northeasterly and ranged from five to 15 knots.

Sunday was the first brisk fall sailing that the freshmen from warmer climates experienced. The lower temperatures mixed with rain and bigger breeze made for chilling and challenging conditions. Although not as high as predicted, the breeze did range from 10-25 knots.  Just like Saturday, the breeze was from the northeast. Freshman Claire Dennis commented, “there was flat water throughout the weekend which was interesting as the sound can be quite choppy, particularly when it is windy.”

In A division, senior Sarah Lihan and junior Elizabeth Brim continued their fall successes with a second place finish. Finishing with 52 points, they were a mere two points behind Boston College. They finished in the top-10 in eight of the 10 races, including seven top-five finishes.

In B division, freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May began and finished the regatta, with sophomore Genoa Warner sailing races three through seven. With the breeze dying on Saturday, Warner, a light-air specialist, was substituted for Dennis. Sunday the breeze was back up so Dennis was put back in. Their combined results led to a fourth place finish in B division with 65 points. They finished in the top-10 in nine of the ten races, including five top-fives and one win. 

The Yale Women’s Fall Intersectional is the only home regatta for the women’s team during the fall season. Dennis said, “It was great to be able to stay on campus and sail familiar boats with the added benefit of outstanding team support throughout the weekend.”

May added, “It was really nice to be able to host everyone while competing on our home ‘field.’ We also finished well which made the weekend even more fun.”

For the second weekend in a row, the Bulldogs upset many high-ranked teams. They beat No.1 Old Dominion, No. 2 Boston College, No. 3 Brown and No. 4 College of Charleston, which should raise them in the national rankings that come out on Wednesday.

Next weekend the Bulldogs will head north on I-95 to Connecticut College for the Stu Nelson Trophy.

Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity

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