September 22, 2008

No. 3 Bulldog Sailors Place Third at Mrs. Hurst Bowl

Sept. 21, 2008

Complete Results

ENFIELD, N.H. - The No. 3 Bulldog women's sailing team opened intersectional competition with a third-place finish with 90 points at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl Intersectional hosted by Dartmouth on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs, who had only competed in two one-day regattas prior to this weekend, placed second at the event in 2007. The College of Charleston won the 18-team event with 60 points, followed closely by Harvard with 61 points.

The Bulldogs were led by the third-place finish in A Division by senior captain Kate Hagemann and sophomore crew Elizabeth Brim. Hagemann and Brim finished with 41 points over the seven races, including a win in the fourth race of the event.

In B Division, junior Sarah Lihan and sophomore Tatyana Camejo sailed to a fifth-place finish with 49 points. Their performance was highlighted by a second-place result in the third race of the event.

The entire event was characterized by very light and shifty winds. At times, in the middle of a race, the wind would completely die, before filling in from an unpredictable location, resulting in frequent position changes for the sailors. The sailors waited for hours on both Saturday and Sunday for the wind to fill in at the Lake Mascoma venue, before slight breezes made sailing possible. The lack of reliable wind prevented a full rotation of 18 races from being completed, so each individual race had a much larger bearing on the final results of the regatta than in a typical collegiate regatta, where a single bad race can be offset by consistently positive finishes in the other races.

Despite the light conditions, the Bulldogs improved over the course of the event and felt a number of things went well.

"Most of the time, we were in a good place off the line and were able to tack on the first shift," Hagemann said. "Sarah was getting solid starts with good positioning. The velocity would be variable, which made the racing tricky as the wind would sometimes shut off and then fill from behind, compressing the fleet."

The light and shifty winds are good practice for the Bulldogs, who will have two regattas during the fall season on the Charles River in the Boston area, a venue known for light and shifty wind.

The Bulldogs are next in competition at the Women's New England Singlehanded Championships hosted by Connecticut College on Saturday and Sunday in Laser Radials.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity