Bulldogs Face Final Challenge of the Fall Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The No. 1 Bulldogs will take to the waters for the last time in 2009 this weekend at Brown for the 23rd Women’s Atlantic Coast Championships. The Bulldogs will face the top teams from the East Coast as they endeavor to win the final regatta of the fall season.
Last year, the Bulldogs finished third at the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Georgetown. Jane Macky ’09 and senior Marla Menninger won A division, while Kate Hagemann ’09, junior Elizabeth Brim and senior Rebecca Jackson were sixth in B division.
Brown sails on the Providence River at the top of Narragansett Bay in Cranston, R.I., about 3.5 miles south of downtown Providence. They sail out of the Edgewood Yacht Club. Current can be a major factor, particularly if the organizers decide to race in the channel.
Besides the interesting venue, Brown also has 420s that are sailed with FJ rudders. FJ rudders are smaller than 420 rudders, providing a unique sailing setup. However, this twist has not hindered the Bulldogs in the past, evidenced by their win at the Dellanbaugh’s Women’s Trophy in April, the last regatta that the Bulldogs sailed at Brown.
This weekend, the Bulldogs will compete against No. 2 Boston College, No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 Brown, No. 5 St. Mary’s, No. 6 Old Dominion, No. 7 Charleston, No. 8 Dartmouth, No. 9 Connecticut College, No. 10 Georgetown, No. 11 Tufts, No. 12 Hobart William Smith, No. 13 Rhode Island and No. 14 Eckerd. This means that the Bulldogs will face all of the ranked teams in the country besides No. 15 MIT. While nationals are six months away, the Atlantic Coast Championships will serve as a preview for what the Bulldogs will face in May.
It has been an incredible fall season for the Bulldogs with key wins and many top finishes against the best teams in the country. A win this weekend would secure the Bulldogs’ number one ranking and would also provide a great result to send them into their off-season.
Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Report filed by Margot Benedict’12, Yale Sports Publicity