No. 1 Bulldogs to Race at Dartmouth

Emily Billing and Margot Benedict. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)
Emily Billing and Margot Benedict. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a victory last weekend at the Toni Deutsch Regatta, the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will try to carry that momentum into this weekend's competition at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl, hosted by Dartmouth.  Dartmouth finished just behind the Bulldogs last weekend and in Wednesday's national rankings the top three spots went to the Ivy League with Yale ranked first, Dartmouth second and Brown third.

The Bulldogs will be sending the same sailors to the Mrs. Hurst Bowl as they did to the Toni Deutsch.  Senior skipper Emily Billing will be sailing with junior crew Amanda Salvesen in A division and senior skipper Claire Dennis will be sailing with sophomore crew Kate Gaumond in B division. 

Many of the sailors reported that the Mrs. Hurst Bowl is one of their favorite regattas of the fall season, but not necessarily because of the quality of the sailing conditions.  Dartmouth races on Lake Mascoma where the winds can be shifty and challenging, but the baked goods which Mrs. Hurst, for whom the regatta is named, traditionally brings for the sailors apparently outweigh those tough conditions. 

Last year, winds were very light on the first day of the Mrs. Hurst Bowl and nonexistent on the second day.  Only four races were completed in the event, but the Bulldogs managed to take second overall.  The Yale women hope that winds will be better this year so that more races can be sailed and they can try to improve on last year's result. 

Weekend forecasts currently call for the wind to blow from the northwest at between five and 15 miles per hour. 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity