May 23, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 1 Bulldog women's sailing team is set to compete at the ICSA Women's National Championship on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 25-27 in San Francisco, Calif. The team is one of the favorites to win the national championship but will face fierce competition over three days of racing on San Francisco Bay.
The national championship will take place in FJ's and will be hosted by Stanford University at St. Francis Yacht Club. The forecast for the event is 5-15 knots with patchy fog, which will lead to variable wind conditions and heavy currents characteristic of San Francisco Bay. These conditions will coincide well with the heavy-air strength of the Bulldogs. This year's squad has already won some of the largest and most competitive regattas in college sailing, including the Women's New England Championships that featured the top teams from schools on the East Coast.
While the fleet competing at nationals will feature a lot of depth, the Bulldogs will focus on the same teams they have been in close competition will all year: No. 2 College of Charleston, No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 Boston College, and No. 5 St. Mary's College.
The A Division duo of senior skipper Jane Macky and captain junior Marla Menninger have both been named to the All-New England first team, with Macky selected as the New England Sailor of the Year. Joining them on the All-New England first team is the B Division combo of senior Kate Hagemann and sophomore crew Elizabeth Brim. These teams will represent the Bulldogs at nationals this year as well in A and B Division, respectively. Junior Rebecca Jackson, junior Sarah Lihan, and senior Grace Becton will also attend the event as alternatives and in preparation for changing weather conditions.
Note that sailing commentator Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.) will produce a program on the ICSA/Gill National Championship for ESPNU. Air dates will be posted at www.jobsonsailing.com. Please check this site for updates on the competition throughout the event.
Report by Jenn Hoyle '05, Yale Sports Publicity