Oct. 31, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 1 Bulldog women's sailing team will defend its Victorian Coffee Urn title from 2007 when they compete at Harvard in FJs on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs, who have already won two intersectional competitions this year and a trophy level regatta on the Charles River, are having one of their most successful seasons in recent history.
The Harvard venue is the Charles River, which is known as a shifty and puffy venue. Because many of the shifts are hard to predict, it is important for the sailors to manage their risk in an effort to make sure that they never are so adversely impacted by changes in the wind that it is tough to recover to obtain a decent finish.
In 2007, the Bulldogs were led by the B Division win of senior captain Kate Hagemann and sophomore crew Elizabeth Brim. Hagemann and Brim dominated B Division, finishing 13 points ahead of the nearest competition over the 12-race event. Even more impressively, the duo won three races and placed second in four, a hard feat to achieve in a tough fleet of 17 schools.
In A Division, senior skipper Jane Macky and junior crew Marla Menninger narrowly missed winning their division. Macky and Menninger placed third in A Division, only missing out on the title by three points. The duo won four of the 12 races.
After the Victorian Coffee Urn, the Bulldogs will have one week off before competing at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Georgetown on Nov. 15-16. The Charles River will be perfect practice for the Women's ACCs because Georgetown also sails on a small river that is known for its fluky winds.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity