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No. 3 Bulldogs Begin to Shed Rust With Sixth Place Finish

Emily Billing and Margot Benedict.
Emily Billing and Margot Benedict.

Bulldogs Kick Off Spring Break In Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C.- The No. 3 Bulldogs took to the waters for the first time this spring, finishing sixth at the 29th Charleston Women’s Intersectional. With cool temperatures in New Haven all season, this was the first time that the Bulldogs were able to get on the water.

On Saturday morning, the sailors were greeted with bluebird skies and fabulous sunshine, two things that excited those from lands that have been mired in the clouds and rain of winter. A division headed out for their first set in a northerly breeze with a strong flood tide. Following their races, B division was held on the dock as the wind died. However, after a brief half an hour break, a solid breeze from the south filled across the harbor. For most of the day it ranged from 8-12 knots, before dropping to 3-5 knots for the last four races. Both divisions sailed ten races before the fabulous sun set behind the buildings of Charleston.

With only one race in each division to complete the rotation, Sunday was a short day This proved to be a good thing as the sailors were greeted by a mere gasp of breeze. The last race was completed in barely any breeze, providing a very quiet sailing environment, with skippers and crews whispering communications.

One of the biggest tests of the weekend came from the continuous current that at points was described as “ripping.”   

“The current was challenging to come back to after not being in a boat for a few months. It added a new element to the race course,” said Emily Billing.

In A division, freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May finished seventh with 71 points in a closely contested fleet. They had three top-fives.

In B division, freshman Emily Billing and sophomore Margot Benedict finished sixth with 61 points. They had five top-fives and finished a mere three points out of third place.

Although the regatta was challenging for the Bulldogs due to their lack of on the water training this spring, it provided a great learning experience.

“It was a great regatta to get back into the swing of things for the spring season. It was great to sail against many of the top women’s teams early in the season,” said May.

The regatta was won by No. 9 St. Mary’s with No. 2 Charleston nine points behind in second.

The Bulldogs have a week of intense spring break training ahead of them in Charleston followed by their return to competition at the Navy Spring Intersectional on March 13 and 14.

Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity.