April 11, 2011

No. 3 Bulldogs Are Second Again

After Leading for Most of the Event, the Team Finishes in a Still Impressive Second

BOSTON – On what seemed like the first real weekend of spring, the No. 3 Yale women's sailing team finished second at the President's Trophy Intersectional, hosted by Boston University.  This result marks the second second place finish in a row for the Bulldogs and it keeps their unbroken top-three finishing streak alive. 

On Saturday, as temperatures broke into the 60s, south winds made for some difficult race course management for the race committee, and some even more challenging racing for the competitors.  Both of Yale's boats, however, were able to find a groove in what junior crew Stephanie Schuyler called "unpredictably varied shift angles and very challenging" conditions.  At the end of day one, after six races had been completed in both divisions, Yale was leading the regatta overall and in both A and B division.

Sunday was reported to be very similar to Saturday in terms of conditions, although the wind was about three knots lighter. 

Sophomore skipper Claire Dennis and sophomore crew Heather May started the regatta off with two seconds in the first A division set, but then really found their groove halfway through Saturday to end it with three bullets.  They returned on Sunday to have not quite as commanding of a day but still manage to hold onto first place in A division.  

Junior skipper Genoa Warner and junior crew Stephanie Schuyler also started off hot on Saturday with a 3, 1, 2, 1, but as their scores declined a little, later in the regatta, they wound up finishing fourth in B division.  When commenting on the weekend's racing, Schuyler stated that it was "typical Charles [River], especially [on Sunday], with winding puffs and such".  She went on to say that the sailing was both "fun and frustrating". 

Returning to New Haven after a somewhat long travel weekend, the Bulldogs have the day off on Monday and then will get right back on the water for practice on Tuesday.  Next weekend the women will be racing at the Coast Guard Academy in New London.  The event at CGA marks the last regatta before the Women's New England Championships, to be hosted by Bowdoin University, in Maine. 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity 

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