No. 5 Bulldogs Catch Some Rays In Maryland

Bulldogs Sail to 11th at St. Mary’s

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md.- The No. 5 Bulldogs battled bronchitis, a stomach bug, fatigue, and an absence of much breeze to finish 11th at the St. Mary’s Women’s Intersectional.  The Bulldogs finished a mere two points out of ninth at the regatta won by the College of Charleston.

While the Bulldogs will head north to the chilly waters of the Long Island Sound, the weekend provided the team with enough Vitamin D to get them through the dreary days at the beginning of the spring season. The sun shone from beginning to end giving the Bulldogs a chance to soak up the highest temperatures of the entire spring break with the mercury pushing into the 70s.

While the sun was working on the same schedule as the sailors, the wind was not. On Saturday, the sailors were held on land before being sent out twice to attempt races. Both times, A division made it one beat before the wind completely shut off and the sailors were sent back to the docks. After some quality tanning hours, the wind finally filled around four, at which point both divisions sailed four races.

On Sunday, the same glassy water greeted the sailors upon their arrival at the new expansive St. Mary’s boathouse. However, the wind filled in sooner than on Saturday and the sailors pushed off the docks around ten. They completed one set in each division before returning to the docks for a lunch break. While the sailors were filling their bellies with delectable delights such as Cadbury eggs, the wind decided to take a lunch break of its own, lasting until about two. At that point, the sailors were able to go out and complete five races to finish the regatta by 4:15 p.m. The breeze ranged from one to ten knots.

Having been on the team racing circuit for the first few weekends, senior Sarah Lihan and junior Elizabeth Brim made their first appearance at a spring fleet racing regatta, finishing 15th  in A division, They finished the regatta with four top-tens.

On Saturday, sophomores Genoa Warner and Stephanie Schuyler sailed B division. Freshman Emily Billing and sophomore Margot Benedict took over for them on Sunday, sailing the last seven races. Their combined finishes placed them in seventh with eight top-tens.

Next weekend, the Bulldogs will have the opportunity to display their team racing skills at the Duplin Trophy hosted by Tufts, the lone women’s team race regatta of the season.

Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity