No. 7 Bulldogs to Return to Fleet Racing at Brown

Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Chris Love, Sailgroove)
Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Chris Love, Sailgroove)

Bulldogs Head to the Ocean State For the Dellenbaugh Trophy

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Following a very successful weekend at the Duplin Trophy, the No. 7 Bulldogs will travel to Rhode Island to compete at the 24th Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown. After a weekend of team racing, the Bulldogs will transition back to the normal fleet racing format.

Last year, the Bulldogs won the Dellenbaugh in a dominant fashion placing second in A division and winning B division. Jane Macky ’09 and seniors Marla Menninger, Sarah Lihan and Rebecca Jackson sailed for the Bulldogs in various combinations in the heavy breeze.

Brown sails on the Narragansett Bay in Cranston, R.I. The Bears have 420s that they sail with FJ rudders which are smaller and require different amounts of driving. While the interesting conditions as well as the different boat set up are challenging, the coed team did extremely well last weekend at Brown winning the Ivy Championships and will be able to give valuable tips to the women for the upcoming weekend.

Once again Yale will face intense competition from all along the Eastern seaboard. The No. 7 Bulldogs, No. 1 Charleston, No. 2 St. Mary’s, No. 3 Old Dominion and No. 4 Boston College will be joined by seven other teams ranked in the top 15 in the country.

While the Bulldogs enjoyed the different challenge that last week’s team race regatta presented, they are excited to get back to fleet racing. The Bulldogs have been focusing on some of the basic big picture tactics and skills involved in fleet racing this week at practice and should be ready to go at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday.

Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity