April 9, 2009

No. 2 Bulldogs Prepare for Tricky Conditions on the Charles River

April 9, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing team has been practicing in windy and shifty conditions on Long Island Sound all week in preparation for another windy and rainy weekend on the water. The Bulldogs will compete in the Women's Presidents Trophy hosted by Boston University on the Charles River on Saturday and Sunday. Yale won this event last year. The team has had an remarkable season so far this year, taking a top three finish at every competition to date, and will look to continue this streak with a strong performance this weekend.

The regatta will be held in the familiar FJ one-design dinghy raced regularly by the Bulldogs. Competition will include No. 3 Boston College and No. 4 Brown, which provided the toughest challenge to the squad last weekend.

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 and sustained hiking. The Charles River is traditionally an extremely tough site because of shifty breezes caused by local urban effects, so the Bulldogs will have to display both mental and physical toughness to persevere.

The Bulldog women representing the team this weekend will be seniors Jane Macky and Kate Hagemann, captain and junior Marla Menninger, junior Sarah Lihan, and sophomores Tatyana Camejo and Elizabeth Brim.

Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Report by Jenn Hoyle '05, Yale Sports Publicity