No. 5 Bulldogs Sail Past Top Competition to Win Navy Fall Women’s Intersectional

Sarah Lihan and Kate Williams.
Sarah Lihan and Kate Williams.

Bulldogs Strong Showing Across Three Divisions Leads to Victory

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The No. 5 Bulldogs had their strongest double-handed showing of the season, winning the competitive Navy Fall Women’s Intersectional. The Bulldogs took the 16-boat fleet by storm finishing first in A division and third in B division and C division. A division and B division rotated between FJs and 420s throughout the weekend while C division sailed Laser Radials for all 16 races.

On Saturday, the sailors were met with fabulous fall conditions with breezy and shifty wind. The breeze came from the northwest and built up to 15-18 knots with gusts of 20-22 knots by the third and fourth races. The wind faded as the day progressed and got increasingly shifty.

Sunday brought far less breeze with four to six knots from the northwest in the first two races. One more A division race was sailed before the breeze died. After a half an hour wait, the breeze came back up to four to six knots allowing for the completion of the last two races.

In A division, senior Sarah Lihan and Elizabeth Brim sailed a superb regatta to win the division by thirteen points. They won three races and only had one finish out of the top five in the 16 races that were sailed.

In B division, freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May remained extremely consistent. They amassed four wins and were in the top five in 13 of 16 races. They finished up third in the division, losing out second in a tiebreaker.

In C division, freshman Emily Billing placed third. C division was sailed in laser radials, a boat Billing is extremely comfortable in, having grown up racing them. She won three races and finished in the top five in 14 of the 16 races.

All of the Bulldogs finished the sixteen races with 58 points leading to a total of 174 points putting them ahead of second place No. 6 St. Mary’s by 29 points. The extreme consistency that the Bulldogs showed across all three divisions also allowed them to best No. 1 Old Dominion University, No. 3 Brown and No. 4 College of Charleston.


Propelled by their first win of the season, the Bulldogs look to continue their success at home next weekend when they host the Yale Women’s Intersectional on October 17 and 18 at the McNay Family Sailing Center.

Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity