No. 1 Bulldogs Sail to Strong Finish at Stu Nelson
Bulldogs Finish Fifth on the Thames River
NEW LONDON, Conn- The No. 1 Bulldogs finished fifth at the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River in New London, Conn. The Bulldogs faced varying amounts of breeze and shifty river sailing.
Races were sailed in 10 knots of south-southeast breeze on Saturday morning. The breeze increased throughout the day, building to 15 knots in the afternoon. Sunday proved to be the opposite with 12-15 knots of northwesterly breeze in the morning that died throughout the day, ending up around five knots by the afternoon.
The Bulldogs finished with 186 points, which actually tied them with St. Mary’s. However, the Bulldogs lost the tiebreaker to finish in fifth. Dartmouth won the regatta.
Senior Sarah Lihan and junior Elizabeth Brim finished in second in A division, marking the fourth week in a row that the duo has finished in the top two in A division. This weekend they were only three points behind the winning team from Dartmouth. Lihan and Brim won three races and finished in the top-five in seven of the 14 races.
Three different Bulldogs rotated through B division. Sophomore Genoa Warner skippered 12 of the 14 races with senior Rebecca Jackson skippering the remaining two. Jackson also crewed for Warner for the first race on Sunday because of the high velocity of the breeze while sophomore Stephanie Schuyler crewed the rest of the races. The varying combinations won two races and had six top-five finishes.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will sail on the Charles River at the Victoria Coffee Urn hosted by Harvard. The top eight finishers at the Urn will qualify for the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championships on Nov. 14-15 at Brown.
Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity