Sarah Lihan ’10 and Stu McNay ’05 concluded racing in their events at the 2012 Olympic Games this past weekend. Lihan, who sailed with Connecticut College graduate Amanda Clark in the women’s 470 class, entered Saturday’s medal race in ninth place out of 20 nations and that is where she ultimately finished. McNay and his crew, Graham Biehl, missed qualifying for the men’s 470 medal race by a mere five points, solidifying them in 14th place out of 27 nations after 10 races.
As undergraduates, Yale alumni Sarah Lihan ’10 and Stuart McNay ’05 proved themselves to be some of America’s best collegiate sailors, garnering numerous ICSA All-American and honorable mention awards and leading Yale to several top finishes at the nationals. Now, just a few years out of college, these Bulldogs find themselves at home amongst 380 of the world’s best sailors at the Olympic sailing village in Weymouth, England.
While rankings often fall far away from the mark, college sailing coaches can pat themselves on the back for this year’s final coed rankings as the top-three finishers at the ICSA Dinghy National Championships finished exactly as the coaches predicted with Georgetown in first, Roger Williams in second and Yale in third. The Bulldogs will bring the Metropolitan Sailing League Trophy, which has been awarded to the third place team at nationals since 1971, back to New Haven.
The biggest enemy for the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team on the second day of the ICSA Dinghy National Championships was not one of the other teams on the water. Instead, Mother Nature played the role of spoiler, only offering enough breeze for four races to be sailed in each division. The Bulldogs took full advantage of the few races moving from fourth to second heading into the last day of the championships.
The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team received a warm Texas welcome on the first day of the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championships with hot and humid temperatures on Lake Travis outside of the state capital. The Bulldogs are currently in fourth place after six races in each division.
After the longest post season in recent memory, the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team is finally on its way to Austin, Texas, for the ICSA Dinghy National Championships. The regatta will be held over three days, June 6-8, on Lake Travis, right outside of the Texas capital. After more than three weeks of preparation, the Bulldogs are eager to hit the water and start working their way towards their first national championship since 1975.
The No. 3 Bulldogs solidified their successful season with a second place finish at the ICSA Western Semi-Final Championship, securing a spot at the ICSA National Dinghy Championships in Austin, Texas June 6-8. The Bulldogs were consistent across the two divisions, proving that they are one of the teams to beat in the Lone Star State early next month.
Classes are finished and exams are complete but the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team still has work to do. The Bulldogs will head to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for the ICSA National Semifinal Championships the weekend, the last stop on the trip to the National Championships in Austin, Texas June 6-8.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team just missed qualifying for the National Team Race Championships in the highly competitive New England region, finishing fifth at the Fowle Trophy hosted by MIT on the Charles River. The Bulldogs also finished fourth at the George Morris Trophy up the river at Boston University.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will once again return to the Charles River in Boston, its home away from home this season, in hopes of securing a spot at the ICSA Team Race National Championships. The Bulldogs will compete at the New England Team Racing Fowle Trophy hosted by MIT as well as at the George Morris Trophy hosted by Boston University, just up the river.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team took this weekend seriously despite the fact that no qualifying spots were up for grabs, capturing the Thompson Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy. The Bulldogs also finished 11th at the Admiral’s Cup at Kings Point.
Although the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team has a weekend off from qualifying for post-season championships, it will not be taking a break, as teams will sail at two nearby venues. One team of sailors will head to Coast Guard for the Thompson Trophy while another team will head to Kings Point for the Admiral’s Cup, a three-division regatta.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team captured third place at the New England Dinghy Championship hosted by Harvard on the Charles River, qualifying for the National Semifinal Championships. The Bulldogs also placed seventh at the Oberg Trophy hosted by Northeastern University at the Boston University sailing venue and fifth at the Short Beach Invitational on home waters in Branford.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will head north to Harvard to sail at the New England Dinghy Championships, the qualifier for the National Semifinal Championships in four weeks time. Another team will also head up to Beantown for the Oberg Trophy. A third team will host the Short Beach Invitational at the McNay Family Sailing Center.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team claimed second place at the Marchiando Friis Team Race hosted by Tufts on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., missing out on first by only one win despite a lineup change. The Bulldogs also finished fourth at the Admiral Alymers Trophy hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Great Herring Pond in Buzzards Bay, Mass.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will look to continue its three-week win streak at the Marchiando Friis Team race hosted by Tufts and MIT in the Boston Area. The Bulldogs will also sail at the Admiral Alymers Trophy at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass.
Despite coming off two weeks of fleet racing regattas, the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team displayed well oiled team racing gears, taking the win at the Southern New England Team Race hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River. The Bulldogs also finished third at the Mystic Lake Team Race and fifth at the Boston University Trophy.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will look to follow up on last weekend’s fleet racing victories at the Ivy championship and the Boston Dinghy Cup with strong team racing. While the Bulldogs have focused on fleet racing for the past two weekends, they are well prepared for this weekend due to the time put in on the water over spring break and at practice over the past two weeks. The Bulldogs will compete in two team racing regattas, the Southern New England Team Race and the Mystic Lake Team Racing Invitational, and one fleet race regatta, the Boston University Trophy.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team asserted their recent top ranking, capturing the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp trophies, claiming sailing’s ivy trophy at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford. The Bulldogs also dominated the Boston Dinghy Cup, a highly competitive three-division regatta hosted by MIT, and finished third at the Southern Series One at Salve Regina in Newport, R.I.
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team has a busy weekend ahead. Coming off the win at the Truxton Umsted Interconference last weekend, the newly top-ranked Bulldogs will vie for the Ivy championship trophy this weekend at the McNay Family Sailing Center. Members of the team will also compete at MIT at the Boston Dinghy Cup and at Salve Regina at the first southern series regatta of the season.
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team captured the prestigious Truxtun Umsted Intersectional at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. by a whopping 28 points, demonstrating their depth and adaptability despite the light breeze. Another team of Bulldogs finished a close fifth at the tightly contested Veitor Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will look to exhibit its impressive depth this weekend at the four-division Truxton Umsted Memorial Interconference Regatta hosted by the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Bulldogs will also compete at the three-division Veitor Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team had a fantastic first day at the St. Mary’s Team Race but struggled a bit on the second day, leading to a fifth place finish. While Sunday was frustrating the Bulldogs showed that they are one of the team racign teams to beat as they won numerous races against other top-ranked teams.
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will leave warm, sunny Florida, where the Bulldogs have spent the last week, and head to Maryland for the St. Mary’s Team Race hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After a long week of intense training in the sunshine state, the Bulldogs are well prepared for a weekend of team racing against some of the best teams in the country.
The No. 4 Yale coed sailing team, represented by four women this weekend, sailed past far bigger combinations in some stiff breeze to place third at the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Bulldogs were able to steadily improve their scores, despite the building breeze, finishing with their strongest four races of the regatta.
While the No. 4 Bulldogs have already claimed their first win of the season, capturing last weekend’s Bob Bavier team race, they still need some more time on the water to get back to their peak performance level. They will get the chance over the next week as they will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a week of sailing in the warm water and sunshine. Four Bulldogs will compete at the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd just around the bend from where the rest of the team will have team race practice with notable alumni, including two Olympians.
The No. 4 Yale coed sailing team proved to the college sailing world that they are the team racing team to beat with a team race season opening win at the Bob Bavier Team Race hosted by the College of Charleston on the Cooper River. The Bulldogs were able to remain consistent over both days to take the win.
For the second weekend in a row, the No. 4 Yale coed sailing team will travel to the warmer waters of Charleston, S.C. The Bulldogs will sail in the Bob Bavier Team Race, the first team race regatta of the spring season. This weekend will provide another warm-up for the Bulldogs as they head into the heart of their spring season.
While the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team gets to practice at one of the best venues in college sailing, Short Beach in Branford, Conn. has one big disadvantage this time of year: it is in the Northeast where winter, while mild this year, is still in force. The Bulldogs traveled to warmer waters this weekend with only one day of practice under their belts, finishing seventh at the Charleston Spring Intersectional hosted by the College of Charleston.
It has been three full months since the Yale coed varsity sailing team put its boats in the shed and wrapped things up for winter. While it seems like winter has yet to come, the Bulldog sailors sincerely hope that it is not just delayed because, for some of the team, practice is scheduled to recommence on Thursday. Last year the team couldn’t even consider on-the-water practice until more than two weeks later than this; however, not only does the weather seem more cooperative this year, but the team is scheduled to compete in its first regatta this upcoming weekend. Two coed skippers and two crews will be flying to Charleston, S.C., on Friday evening to get there in time for the Charleston Spring Intersectional, which is to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.