No. 3 Bulldogs Finish Ninth at Mrs. Hurst Intersectional

Sarah Lihan and Kate Williams. (Photo by Steve Conn)
Sarah Lihan and Kate Williams. (Photo by Steve Conn)

First Fall Temperatures Greet Bulldogs in New Hampshire

ENFIELD, N.H.- The No. 3 Bulldogs competed in their first Intersectional regatta of the 2009-2010 season accompanied by the first crisp temperatures of the fall this weekend at the Mrs. Hurst Women’s hosted by Dartmouth in Enfield, N.H. The team finished ninth in the regatta won by Old Dominion. The regatta is named after Mrs. Hurst, the wife of long-time Dartmouth coach Captain Hurst, who was the volunteer secretary of the Dartmouth sailing team for many years. Mrs. Hurst sent plates and plates of baked goods down for the event accompanied by good luck wishes.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs were greeted with their first taste of what is to come this fall with temperatures in the 40s. Racing began at 10:15 a.m. and continued throughout the day until 6:30 pm. The breeze ranged from 12-18 knots, coming from the N-NW. Lake Mascoma provided shifty sailing with some chop that increased as the day went on. Although cloudy in the morning, the sun was shining by mid-day, creating a beautiful backdrop of hillsides with trees beginning to take on fall colors sparkling in the sunshine.

Sunday dawned with even cooler temperatures in the 30s forcing sailors to don fleeces and parkas. The sun warmed up the air a bit and burned the fog off the lake but the wind did not show up to play. However, after a three-hour wait a bit of breeze filled in from the north. Both divisions were able to complete two races in light wind. A division then finished one more race but the wind died, preventing B division from getting another race off.   

The Bulldogs finished the 10-race regatta in ninth with 173 points. In A division, senior skipper Rebecca Jackson and sophomore crew Margot Benedict finished in 13th, only six points out of ninth. Unfortunately, one of their best races, the last of the regatta, was thrown out when B division was unable to get off a race in the dying wind. Jackson observed, “On Saturday there was good breeze—more than we expected to have on a lake which made for exciting sailing but Sunday there was little breeze at all which did not treat us well.”

In B division, sophomore skipper Genoa Warner and sophomore crew Stephanie Schuyler finished fourth. They ended the regatta with three fabulous races, winning two and finishing second in the third, using their strong light-air skills.

Next weekend will provide a new challenge for the Bulldogs with the New England Singlehanded Championships in Laser Radials at Boston College on Sept. 26 and 27 in Dorchester, Mass.

Report by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity