No. 3 Bulldogs to Sail at Connecticut College

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

Bulldogs Remain in Constitution State

NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Coming off an impressive victory at the Yale Women's Intersectional, the No. 3 Bulldogs will take a trip north on 95 to sail at the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College in New London, Conn.  While it is only a short drive away, the sailing is very different due to the river rather than coastal venue and use of FJs instead of 420s.

Last year the Bulldogs had just claimed the number one ranking before competing in the Stu Nelson Trophy. They had some difficulties with the extremely shifty river sailing and finished fifth. Sarah Lihan '10 and senior Elizabeth Brim finished second in A division to continue their fall dominance. A combined team of Rebecca Jackson '10 and juniors Genoa Warner and Stephanie Schuyler finished eighth in B division.

The Thames River often ranks second on most college sailors' lists of trickiest river venues behind the vaunted Charles River in Boston. The area that Connecticut College sails in is about half a mile long and a third of a mile wide.  If there is a southerly seabreeze, the sailing can be quite consistent but all other directions simply wreak havoc.

One of the biggest players on the Thames is the current. The site sits between a wider part of the river to the north and a refuge to the south.  There are often numerous directions and strengths of current across the course making it essential for the sailors to adjust their tactics accordingly. This is particularly important in terms of starting as one end of the line might have the current against it while the other end might have the current with it.

The current forecast is for winds of 10 to 15 knots on Saturday and five to 10 knots on Sunday, which would certainly be different than last weekend's burly breeze.

The Bulldogs will once again send out a different team with the shuffling of skippers and crews. Freshman Marlena Fauer will sail with junior Stephanie Schuyler in A division while sophomores Emily Billing and Senem Cilingiroglu will sail in B division.

The Bulldogs will once again face competition from both in and out of the region. No. 1 Brown and No. 2 Boston College will be back for revenge after last weekend. No. 7 Connecticut College will try to capitalize on its home field advantage while No. 4 St. Mary's and No. 5 Hobart William Smith will travel to New England from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in FJs on Saturday.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity