Oct. 13, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 5 Bulldog women's sailing team won one of the largest events of the year with a victory at the extremely competitive 18-team Navy Women's Fall Intersectional hosted by the Naval Academy on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldog performance was highlighted by junior Sarah Lihan and sophomore Tatyana Camejo winning B Division at the regatta.
The Navy Women's Fall Intersectional is a true test of a team's depth and versatility. The event is sailed in three divisions of three different types of boats simultaneously, rather than the typical two divisions of one type of boat. The Bulldogs competed in FJs, 420s, and the Laser Radial at the event. While the event was plagued by light wind that only allowed five races to be completed, the Bulldogs sailed consistently enough to make sure that each race had a positive outcome. The Bulldogs last won the event in 2006. They placed fifth in 2007.
The Bulldog performance was certainly highlighted by a consistent performance in B Division by Lihan and Camejo. The duo won B Division with 22 points, an especially impressive feat considering that their fifth race of the event was a 10th place finish. The duo finished in the top-five boats in the 18-boat fleet in four of the five races.
In C Division, sailed in the one-person Laser Radial, senior Jane Macky placed fifth. Macky finished in the top-five in three of the five races.
While the event was shortened due to the lack of wind, the Bulldogs are still pleased with their win.
"I think that our performance shows that we are more multidisciplined than the other teams," Macky explained because of the strong performance in three types of boats. "The course was a trapezoid which had very long first beats, so starts were very important and we in general had good starts."
The Bulldogs are next in competition at the McNay Family Sailing Center on Saturday and Sunday at the Yale Women's Intersectional.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity