• Bulldogs Finish Fifth at Nationals
    May 27, 2011
    All year the college sailing world lived in anticipation of what it thought would certainly be a windy National Championship at the Gorge in Oregon. That National Championship concluded today after only seven races could be completed in each division because the wind was, more often than not, too weak to compete. The difficulty in running races in such light winds was exacerbated by current that was often stronger than the wind and moving in the opposite direction. Nonetheless, the Yale women’s sailing team sailed a relatively strong overall regatta. Many top teams were much more thrown off by the conditions than the Bulldogs were and, in the words of head coach Zack Leonard, Yale’s McNay Family Director of Sailing, the Bulldogs essentially “achieved [their] goal”. According to Leonard, all they could ask was to “be in contention [to win] going into the final races” and that they most definitely were. Going into the final race in B division, Yale was in second overall, just five points out of first.
  • Yale Wins First Round, National Championship Underway
    May 25, 2011
    The No. 6 Yale women’s sailing team got out to an early lead on Monday at the Semifinals and never looked back. Finishing anywhere in the top nine would have been sufficient enough to qualify the team for the national championship, but the Bulldogs clearly showed that they have intentions beyond simply qualifying. Eight races were completed in both divisions by noon on Tuesday and that was enough to call an end to the qualification round and move on into racing for the national championship.
  • National Championships to Get Underway
    May 22, 2011
    Final exams concluded nearly two weeks ago, but the No. 6 Yale women’s sailing team has yet to leave campus as it has spent these past weeks training vigorously for its biggest regatta of the year. The team travels Saturday to the Cascade Locks, Ore., where the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s Semifinal and National Championships are to be held, starting Monday May 23rd and ending Thursday May 26th. Nine teams are pre-qualified for the Nationals and will not need to race on Monday thanks to their results at their respective district championships. Unfortunately the Bulldogs fell just short of that prequalification result at the New England Championships a few weeks ago; however, they are amongst the top teams scheduled to race in the semifinals and are confident in their ability to secure one of the last nine spots available at the Nationals.
  • Bulldogs Receive High District Honors
    May 01, 2011
    This past week, after the conclusion of the Women’s New England Championships last weekend in Maine, the New England Interscholastic Sailing Association (NEISA) announced the 2011 All-NEISA Women’s teams. Every year an awards committee honors the New England district’s top sailors by naming them to either the First or Second Skipper or Crew Teams. In addition, the committee also names a Sailor of the Year, a Sportsman of the Year and a Rookie of the Year. This year four members of the No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team were included on the list of honors.
  • No. 3 Bulldogs Qualify for Semifinals
    April 24, 2011
    The weather up north was not exactly the 75 degrees that students enjoyed on Old Campus on Easter Sunday, but the No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team is in good spirits nonetheless because they finished fourth overall at the Women’s New England Championships, hosted by Bowdoin University.
  • New England Championships in Maine This Weekend
    April 21, 2011
    The No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team is off to Bowdoin, Maine, this weekend to race in the New England Championships. The stakes are raised at this event, not only because teams will be competing for the New England district crown, but because the 18 schools are also all hoping to earn themselves the right to an extended season. However, only eight teams will leave the regatta satisfied in this regard. New Englands are the first round in qualifying for the ICSA National Championship, to be held at the end of May. As the largest district in collegiate sailing, New England will send the top eight teams from this district qualifier to the semifinals round which is set to be held just prior to the Nationals, at the same venue as the Nationals.
  • No. 3 Bulldogs Finish 4th at Wick/Shrew
    April 17, 2011
    In its final regatta leading up to the New England Championships, the No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team finished fourth overall, just three points outside of the top-3. A total of 18 teams were in attendance at the Wick/Shrew Intersectional, hosted by the Coast Guard Academy.
  • Regular Season Winding Down for the No. 3 Bulldogs
    April 14, 2011
    The No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team will be staying in-state this weekend for its final regatta of the season before the Women’s New England Championships. They will be racing for the Emily Wick and Shrew Trophies in a regatta hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Conn.
  • No. 3 Bulldogs Are Second Again
    April 11, 2011
    On what seemed like the first real weekend of spring, the No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team finished second at the President’s Trophy Intersectional, hosted by Boston University. This result marks the second second place finish in a row for the Bulldogs and it keeps their unbroken top-three finishing streak alive.
  • No. 2 Bulldogs Headed North For Some River Racing
    April 07, 2011
    The No. 2 women’s sailing team is headed to Boston University this weekend to race in the 43rd annual President’s Trophy. It may seem like not that long ago that the season was just getting underway, but after this regatta there are only two events left in the women’s college sailing regular season. The Yale women have been taking the season one weekend at a time, though, and such a mindset seems to have been working for them. This weekend they have to be prepared for shifty and challenging Charles River conditions that will likely, once again, be a test of the sailors’ mental stamina.
  • No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Strong on Sunday
    April 03, 2011
    The No. 2 Yale Women’s Sailing Team showed mental and physical toughness this past weekend, at the Dellenbaugh Women’s Trophy, as it fought to continue its unbroken streak of top-three finishes. The Yale Women ended up taking second overall after sitting fifth at the end of day one.
  • No. 2 Bulldogs Preparing for the Dellenbaugh Trophy
    March 31, 2011
    After a win at the St. Mary’s Intersectional and not finishing outside of the top-3 in any regatta so far this season, the Yale women’s sailing team has been bumped up from the No. 4 spot to the No. 2 spot in the national rankings. With this confidence booster, the Bulldogs are looking forward to racing in another big intersectional this upcoming weekend, the Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown University.
  • Zachary Leonard ‘89 Named to U.S. Olympic Coaching Squad
    March 28, 2011
    Zachary Leonard ‘89, Yale’s McNay Family Director of Sailing, has been named to the U.S. Olympic coaching squad. Leonard will begin working immediately with U.S. Olympic hopefuls as a regatta coach in the women’s double-handed dinghy class, the 470. Two of the six women Leonard will work with happen to be Yale alums: Isabelle Kinsolving-Farrar ‘02 and Sarah Lihan ‘10.
  • No. 4 Bulldogs Take the Win at St. Mary’s
    March 20, 2011
    The No. 4 Yale women’s sailing team will be returning to New Haven after ending its two week spring break on a high note. The team took the overall win at the St. Mary’s Intersectional by four points over the No. 2 Boston College Eagles. 18 teams were represented at the event and 14 races were completed in both A and B division.
  • No. 4 Bulldogs Headed to St. Mary’s to End Spring Break
    March 17, 2011
    Coming off two strong weekends of racing and a full week of intense practice, this weekend the No. 4 women’s sailing team is off to race in the St. Mary’s Women’s Intersectional, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
  • Third-Place Finish at Navy for the No. 4 Bulldogs
    March 13, 2011
    Annapolis, Md.– After a week of pure, productive practice down in sunny St. Petersburg, Fla., the No. 4 Yale women’s sailing team made their way back up north to race in their second regatta of the season at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Although not quite Florida weather, Annapolis provided temperatures in the 50s and stellar breeze for the Navy Women’s Spring Intersectional.
  • No. 4 Bulldogs Prepared for Navy Women’s
    March 10, 2011
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong second-place finish at the Charleston Women’s Intersectional last week, the No. 4 Yale Women’s Sailing Team has spent no less than six hours on the water for each of the past three days. The Florida weather has provided the Bulldogs with stellar conditions all week and the team intends to maintain its productive schedule for the next two days. On Friday evening it will be back to the airport for the Yale women to catch a plane to Annapolis, Md., for the Navy Women’s Spring Intersectional hosted by the Naval Academy.
  • Two Yale Women Named NEISA Sailors of the Week
    March 09, 2011
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale juniors Genoa Warner and Stephanie Schuyler took first place in B division at the Charleston Women’s Intersectional last weekend, leading the Bulldogs to a second-place overall finish in the regatta. Shortly thereafter, the New England collegiate sailing district announced the two Yale women as NEISA’s sailors of the week. This is an especially high honor considering that NEISA is one of the biggest and most competitive districts in college sailing.
  • No. 4 Bulldogs Take Second at Charleston Women’s
    March 06, 2011
    In their first weekend back on the water, the Yale women’s sailing team proved that they have been hungry to come out of hibernation and get the spring season off to a good start. Leading the regatta after day one and ultimately finishing second overall, just five points behind the winning team from Georgetown University, is as much as anyone could have asked of them after having not sailed for the past three months.
  • No. 4 Bulldogs Heading South to Start the Season
    March 03, 2011
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a long off-season and surviving a particularly frozen New England winter, the Yale women’s sailing team is looking forward to its first event of the spring, the Charleston Women’s Intersectional to be held in Charleston, S.C. Not only does the chance for warm weather sound nice to the Bulldogs, but the opportunity to finally sail again has them licking their chops.
  • No. 4 Bulldogs Gear Up for Spring Season
    February 25, 2011
    While there may still be snow on the ground in the Northeast, the No. 4 Bulldogs are not daunted as the spring season kicks off, despite Mother Nature’s continuance of winter conditions. The Bulldogs have thus far been prevented from taking to the water due to the lack of warm weather and breeze. However, the Bulldogs will at least get to sail this weekend as they kick off the season in warmer Charleston, S.C.
  • Margot Benedict Named 2011 Captain
    January 31, 2011
    Junior Margot Benedict was named the captain of the women’s sailing team this morning after voting at the Ray Tompkins House. Benedict is a key player for the Bulldogs and has become a leader in her three years on the team. Last spring, she travelled to Madison, Wisc., with the Bulldogs for the ICSA Women’s National Championship.
  • No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Fall Season in Florida
    November 15, 2010
    The No. 2 Bulldogs sailed their last regatta of the season in the warm sunshine of Florida, finishing seventh at the Atlantic Coast Championships. Although it was not exactly the way the Bulldogs wanted to end their successful season, they gained lots of experience in the light and shifty conditions that will carry over into the spring season.
  • No. 2 Bulldogs Seek Some Sunshine
    November 12, 2010
    The No. 2 Bulldogs will take to the warm waters of St Petersburg, Fla. this weekend for the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Eckerd. The Sunshine State is predicted to offer sunny sailing with temperatures in the high 70s as well as stiff competition from the best teams in the country. Once the sun sets on Sunday, the Bulldogs’ fall season will conclude.
  • No. 1 Bulldogs Triumph at Singlehanded Nationals
    November 08, 2010
    The No. 1 Bulldogs took St. Pete by storm, finishing first and fourth at the National Singlehanded Championships. Sophomore Claire Dennis brought the Janet Lutz Trophy back to New Haven for the first time since Molly Carapiet ’06 captured it in 2006 while sophomore Emily Billing finished a mere one point out of the top three to finish fourth.
  • No. 1 Bulldogs Head For National Singlehanded Championships
    November 05, 2010
    Two of the No. 1 Bulldogs will go in search of the sun and warm water this weekend at the National Singlehanded Championships hosted by University of South Florida and Eckerd at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Bulldogs are excited for a chance to get a nice dose of Vitamin D as well as the opportunity to prove their excellence against the top Laser Radial sailors in the country.
  • No. 1 Bulldogs Qualify for Atlantic Coast Championships
    November 01, 2010
    The No. 1 Bulldogs did exactly what they needed to continue their season for two more weekends, finishing fifth at the Victorian Urn hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River. The top seven finishers from the regatta will go on to compete at the Atlantic Coast Championships Nov. 13 and 14.
  • No. 1 Bulldogs Zero In On Atlantic Coast Championships
    October 27, 2010
    The newly designated No. 1 Bulldogs will return to the Thames River for the Victorian Urn hosted by Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Last weekend the Bulldogs finished an impressive second on the quirky river and hope to improve on that this coming weekend. However, the baseline goal is to finish in the top-seven New England teams in order to qualify for the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championships.
  • No. 3 Bulldogs Take Second on the Thames
    October 25, 2010
    The No. 3 Bulldogs once again nabbed a top-finish, coming in second at the Stu Nelson Trophy on the Thames River hosted by Connecticut College. The Bulldogs finished a mere three points behind the winning home team, an impressive feat on the fluky river.
  • No. 3 Bulldogs to Sail at Connecticut College
    October 21, 2010
    Coming off an impressive victory at the Yale Women’s Intersectional, the No. 3 Bulldogs will take a trip north on 95 to sail at the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College in New London, Conn. While it is only a short drive away, the sailing is very different due to the river rather than coastal venue and use of FJs instead of 420s.
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