April 2, 2009

Women Sailors Prepare for Heavy Breeze Conditions in Rhode Island

April 2, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing team is ready to resume tough fleet racing competition this weekend at the Women's Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown University. The regatta will feature some of the best competition in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association district, including four of the top 10 nationally ranked women's sailing teams. The team has had a remarkable season so far this year, taking a top-three finish at every competition to date.

The regatta will hosted by the Brown University Sailing Club on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island in the familiar FJ one-design dinghy raced regularly by the Bulldogs. Heavy rain and 15- to 20-knot breezes are forecasted for much of the weekend, which bodes well for the Bulldogs who are accustomed to heavy air, lots of hiking, and open water sailing due to their facility on Long Island Sound.

The Bulldog women representing the team at Tufts will be senior Jane Macky and captain and junior Marla Menninger in A Division and junior Sarah Lihan and crew sophomore Tatyana Camejo in B Division. Junior Rebecca Jackson will also attend the event as an alternate crew in the case that one boat needs more strength to compensate for high wind speeds.

Last year this event proved difficult for the Bulldogs, as they took home sixth place overall with Macky and Menninger pulling out a 12th in A Division and senior Kate Hagemann with crews Lihan and Jackson bringing home a second in B Division. Hopefully the sailors' momentum bringing them into the event this year, as well as their work ethic in similar practice conditions, will have a positive effect on their performance over the weekend.

Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Report by Jenn Hoyle '05, Yale Sports Publicity