No. 3 Bulldogs Begin Title Defense
Season Kicks Off with the Antonia Schuman Trophy at MIT
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- To say that the Yale women's sailing team's 2008-2009 season was a success is an understatement. Throughout the fall and spring seasons, the team consistently finished in the top places against some extremely strong competition and headed to Nationals as the number one seed. The team surpassed pressure and high wind conditions to take home the championship. Jane Macky '09 and senior Marla Menninger won the Madeleine Trophy for winning A division. The national championship also helped the Yale sailing team (both women and co-ed) win the Fowle Trophy, which is awarded to the best college sailing team each year.
The 2009-2010 season will kick off on Sept. 12th at the 1st Antonia Schuman Trophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Although this Trophy is only a promotional event, it will be the first test for the defending champions. Without Macky and fellow All-American Kate Hagemann ‘09, seniors Sarah Lihan and Rebecca Jackson as well as sophomore Genoa Warner will have big sailing booties to fill. However, they are more than up to the task. Lihan skippered a few races at Nationals last year, earning the experience that she will need throughout the season, and Jackson was exposed to the intense competition while heavy-air crewing for the Bulldogs at Nationals. Warner sailed in co-ed regattas throughout the season, gaining valuable experience at the college level. Also exciting for the Bulldogs are the two new additions to the team. Freshmen skippers Claire Dennis (San Francisco, Calif.) and Emily Billing (Clearwater, Fla.) look to continue the success of the Bulldogs for years to come. The Bulldogs have had a great first week and a half of sailing in which they have worked on really fine-tuning their skills.
This fall the Bulldogs will be competing around New England as well as in New York and Maryland. They will face competition from the powerhouses of New England such as Harvard, Connecticut College, Boston College, University of Rhode Island, Dartmouth, Brown, and Boston University as well as facing strong teams from outside the region such as the College of Charleston, St. Mary's, and Georgetown. They will host the Yale Women's Intersectional at the McNay Family Sailing Center on October 17th and 18th.
With success in the fall season as well as in the spring, the Bulldogs hope to make it back to the National Championships which are being held in Wisconsin at the end of May. While the team may look a bit different this year for the Bulldogs, they hope that at the end of the season they look the same with another National Championship in hand.
Report by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity