No. 1 Bulldogs Sail to Third at ACCs

Bulldogs End Fall Season with a Solid Weekend

CRANSRON, R.I.- The No.1 Bulldogs closed out their fall season with a strong third place finish at the 23rd Women’s Atlantic Coast Championships hosted this past weekend by Brown out of the Edgewood Yacht Club on Narragansett Bay. With all of the top-ranked teams competing, the Bulldogs got a great preview of the teams they will face at the National Championships in Wisconsin in May.

Big breeze was predicted for Saturday, which excited the Bulldogs who get to practice in high velocity wind on the Sound regularly. However, weathermen are certainly not always right. Rather than howlin, the wind merely puffed on Saturday with north-northeast winds at four to 10 knots. While the wind did not come as predicted, the wet weather lived up to expectation with rain throughout the day. As sometimes occurs on the Narragansett Bay, current played a major factor in many of the races. Six races were completed in each division.

A light version of the breeze from Saturday remained for most of Sunday before dying around 2:15 in the afternoon after the completion of four A-division races and two B-division races. Organizers held out hope that the breeze would return, but alas it did not and the regatta was called at 3:30. Because B division was unable to complete a final set, A-division’s last set was thrown out.

Senior Sarah Lihan and junior Elizabeth Brim finished third in A division with 51 points. They had four top-five finishes including a win in what became the final race of the regatta. They finished close behind Georgetown and College of Charleston who each accumulated 41 points

Freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May ended up eighth in B-division with 68 points. They were only six points out of fifth place. They had top-ten finishes in six out of the eight races.

The team amassed 119 points over the eight races with No. 2 Boston College taking the win with 107 points. No. 7 Charleston finished in second, only two points off the lead.

This weekend wrapped up a very successful fall for the Bulldogs. Proving that they had depth and could bounce back from the loss of skippers Jane Macky and Kate Hagemann, both class of ’09, the defending National Champions won the very competitive Navy Women’s Fall Intersectional as well as their lone home regatta, the Yale Women’s Intersectional. Just last weekend, three Bulldogs, Dennis, Lihan and freshman Emily Billing, finished second, fourth, and seventh, respectively, at the ICSA National Singlehanded Championships. Lihan and Brim were also named NEISA Women’s Sailors of the Week two weeks in a row.

The Bulldogs also earned honors for their work off of the water. Senior Rebecca Jackson and Adriane Levin ’09 were named to the 2009 ICSA All Academic Sailing Second Team.

The Bulldogs are excited for a bit of rest over the winter months and will return to competition in March relaxed and prepared for a repeat title run.

Full Results

Video Available from Sailgroove.org

Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity

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