Bulldogs Build Character in the Pouring Rain
ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The No. 3 Bulldogs finished ninth at the Navy Spring Women’s Intersectional won by No. 2 College of Charleston. Because of lack of wind and travel complications, the Bulldogs were unable to sail on Thursday and Friday in Charleston, S.C. causing them to have to get their sailing feet back under them.
The blustery wind predicted for Saturday only hung around for a few races before dropping from 15 knots to below five knots by lunchtime. The northwesterly breeze from the morning shifted all around in the afternoon, causing a few race cancellations when the upwinds all of a sudden became downwinds. After eight races, the wind completely died and the sailors came off the water dripping wet for a barbecue put on by the Naval Academy.
Sunday brought with it a lighter drizzle but colder temperatures. The sailors were sent out to bob around while the wind built gradually. Throughout the morning the northerly breeze built from five knots to 10 knots. After lunch, racing moved from Triton point to the Severn river to avoid the other fleets out sailing. The river presented extremely shifty racing but allowed for the completion of the complete rotation of 17 races.
Freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May finished 12th in A division with 162 points. They finished in the top-10 in 10 of the 17 races.
Sophomores Genoa Warner and Stephanie Schuyler finished 7th in B division with 136 points. They finished in the top-10 in 11 of the 17 races, including one win.
Despite the frustrations caused by the weather and inconsistent wind as well as an extremely long travel day on Friday involving one flight cancelation, three flight delays, one airline switch and three lost bags, the Bulldogs saw through the rain drops to find the silver lining.
May said, “It was a great regatta because it provided a wide variety of sailing conditions. It ranged from choppy, breezy, and rainy to glassy and puffy. This created inconsistencies throughout the fleet.”
Next weekend the Bulldogs will take to the waters at the St. Mary’s Women’s Intersectional. Right now, Mother Nature is supposed to bring sun along which will be a nice respite for the rain drenched Bulldogs.
Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity