Bulldogs Sail to Third to Qualify
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The No.1 Bulldogs battled drastically different conditions over two days of sailing to finish third at the Victorian Coffee Urn hosted by Harvard in FJS on the Charles River. With this finish, the team qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championships on Nov. 14 and 15 at Brown.
The Charles River is known as a shifty venue that sometimes is lacking in the breeze department. However, it proved on Saturday that when it wants to, the wind sure can howl. As is the case for most days on the Charles the breeze was quite variable. However, the Charles provided greater extremes than usual ranging from eight to 23 knots. When the wind climbed even further, racing was postponed for a few hours, before getting back underway to finish the day with a total of six races in A division and four races in B division.
On Sunday, the Charles was back to its normal self, offering up little breeze (ranging from zero to six knots) with huge shifts. Sophomore Genoa Warner explained, “It was puffy with shifts of forty or fifty degrees which made it extremely frustrating conditions to adjust to.” With dying breeze, B division got in four races while A division sailed two races, giving both divisions a total of eight races for the weekend.
The Bulldogs finished in third with 86 points behind the winning team from Boston College and the second-place team from Connecticut College. With so few races, scores were extremely close, both between teams and within divisions. In A division the formidable duo of senior Sarah Lihan and junior Elizabeth Brim finished second with 36 points. They finished with three wins and five top-fives.
The Bulldogs once again sailed with multiple combinations in B division. With the breeze up on Saturday, freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May were sent out to sail. With little breeze on Sunday, sophomores Genoa Warner and Stephanie Schuyler were substituted in. The two pairs’ scores combined for 50 points, putting them in sixth place. They had one win and three top-fives.
Qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Championships will give the Bulldogs the opportunity to sail against the best teams in the East, which are arguably the best teams in the country. The championships will take place at Brown in two weekends. Before focusing on the Atlantic Coast Championships however, Lihan, Dennis and freshman Emily Billing will compete at the ICSA Singlehanded National Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas on Nov. 6-8. These last two weekends of the fall season should provide some competitive and exciting sailing for the Bulldogs.
Report filed by Margot Benedict
’12, Yale Sports Publicity