Bulldogs to Compete at Lone Team Race Regatta of the Year
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The No. 5 Bulldogs will get to exhibit the hours that they have spent in lectures during the offseason and spring break on the water this weekend at the Duplin Women’s 3-on-3 Team Race hosted by Tufts on Mystic Lake in West Medford, Mass.. Mar. 27 and 28.
While the co-ed team competes regularly in team racing, particularly in the spring season, the Duplin is the only team race for the women. The rest of the season the Bulldogs compete in fleet racing in which each boat tries to win the race and do well as an individual. In determining final standings, the two divisions’ individual scores are compiled. In team racing, each school enters three boats. Two schools compete against each other creating an intellectual and athletic battle. Both teams look to finish with the low score, which means having three places that add up to less than ten.
While fleet racing requires tactics, it is far more individual and requires a much smaller focus. Team racing, with three boats involved, requires accurate and well executed boat handling as well as a large picture view. One must anticipate and put the normal “sail fast” mentality at bay occasionally in order to pass a teammate up or hurt the opponent.
While some women’s teams are never involved in this aspect of competition, the Bulldogs regularly discuss and practice team racing, no matter the sex of the skipper and crew. In fact, while most co-ed teams use three male skippers at co-ed team racing regattas, one of the Bulldogs’ teams is made up of two members of the fairer sex: senior Sarah Lihan and junior Elizabeth Brim. Joining Lihan and Brim this weekend will be freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May and senior Rebecca Jackson and sophomore Margot Benedict.
Last year, the Bulldogs finished third in the inaugural event. After lots of practice and discussions, with two experienced team racing skippers and one eager freshman, the Bulldogs have high aspirations for the weekend.
The Bulldogs will use their wit and fine-tuned boating skills starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity