April 19, 2009
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing ended their regular reason regatta schedule on top this weekend, taking first place at the Emily Wick/Sloop Shrew Trophies held on the Thames River in New London, Conn. The Bulldogs sailed relatively consistently given the conditions to place in the top five of 20 of the 32 races sailed over the weekend.
The regatta was hosted by Coast Guard Academy fleets of FJs and 420s. Both divisions completed seven races on Saturday in southwesterly winds ranging from eight to twelve knots. The day also features dying breeze and a break in racing to allow passage of an inbound submarine. Both divisions completed 9 races on Sunday to cap off a 32-race regatta; a lot of races in physically and mentally challenging conditions. Sunday featured sun with a morning northerly that switch to an afternoon southerly.
Despite the shifty and unpredictable conditions featuring many interruptions in racing the Bulldogs demonstrated mental toughness to finish first place with 164 points. They beat No. 3 Boston College who took second with 181 points and No. 1 Charleston who took third with 193 points. Senior Jane Macky and captain junior Marla Menninger placed second in B division and Senior Kate Hagemann and crews sophomore Elizabeth Brim and junior Rebecca Jackson took second in B Division.
The Bulldogs' next competition is at the Women's New England Championships on the Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt. on Apr. 25-26. This regatta is the qualifier for the ICSA Women's National Championship. Stay tuned for a full event preview later in the week.
Report by Jenn Hoyle '05, Yale Sports Publicity