The Charles Can Be Both a Fun and Frustrating Place to Sail
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2 women's sailing team is headed to Boston University this weekend to race in the 43rd annual President's Trophy. It may seem like not that long ago that the season was just getting underway, but after this regatta there are only two events left in the women's college sailing regular season. The Yale women have been taking the season one weekend at a time, though, and such a mindset seems to have been working for them. This weekend they have to be prepared for shifty and challenging Charles River conditions that will likely, once again, be a test of the sailors' mental stamina.
Weather forecasts call for south to south-southwest winds all weekend at around 12 miles-per-hour. Unfortunately, when it comes to racing on the Charles, this is not an ideal direction because it means the race course will have to be condensed to fit perpendicularly across the river and the wind shifts tend to be somewhat erratic. However, coping with crazy shifts is what sailing on the Charles is all about, and all teams will have to deal with the same conditions.
Sailing in A division for the Bulldogs this weekend will, once again, be the sophomore girls from California, skipper Claire Dennis and crew Heather May. This duo is coming off of a strong turn-around weekend, last weekend, where they proved the ability to disregard previous poor races and focus on the ones ahead. This ability will be very useful on the Charles River where it is important to focus on recovering after ending up on the wrong side of big shift. Also, considering how much team racing they have been doing, Dennis and May should feel confident in their boat-handling which will no doubt be a big factor in the shifty, flat-water conditions
Returning to B division for the Bulldogs will be junior skipper Genoa Warner and junior crew Stephanie Schuyler. Warner and Schuyler have had a few weekends off from racing in recent weeks, but their results earlier in the season have good things to say. They were first in A division at the Charleston Women's Intersectional, where the team took second overall, and fourth in A division at the Central Series two weeks ago, where the team took third overall.
As the regular season begins to near its end, the Bulldogs continue to work hard in practice and finish amongst the top teams at weekend events. This weekend should be no different.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity.