May 27, 2011
Bulldogs Finish Fifth at Nationals
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.
May 25, 2011
Yale Wins First Round, National Championship Underway
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.
May 22, 2011
National Championships to Get Underway
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.
May 1, 2011
Bulldogs Receive High District Honors
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.
April 24, 2011
No. 3 Bulldogs Qualify for Semifinals
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.
April 21, 2011
New England Championships in Maine This Weekend
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.
April 17, 2011
No. 3 Bulldogs Finish 4th at Wick/Shrew
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.
April 14, 2011
Regular Season Winding Down for the No. 3 Bulldogs
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.
April 11, 2011
No. 3 Bulldogs Are Second Again
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.
April 7, 2011
No. 2 Bulldogs Headed North For Some River Racing
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.
April 3, 2011
No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Strong on Sunday
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.
March 31, 2011
No. 2 Bulldogs Preparing for the Dellenbaugh Trophy
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.
March 28, 2011
Zachary Leonard ‘89 Named to U.S. Olympic Coaching Squad
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.
March 20, 2011
No. 4 Bulldogs Take the Win at St. Mary’s
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.
March 17, 2011
No. 4 Bulldogs Headed to St. Mary’s to End Spring Break
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.
March 13, 2011
Third-Place Finish at Navy for the No. 4 Bulldogs
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.
March 10, 2011
No. 4 Bulldogs Prepared for Navy Women’s
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.
March 9, 2011
Two Yale Women Named NEISA Sailors of the Week
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.
March 6, 2011
No. 4 Bulldogs Take Second at Charleston Women’s
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.
March 3, 2011
No. 4 Bulldogs Heading South to Start the Season
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.
February 25, 2011
No. 4 Bulldogs Gear Up for Spring Season
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.
January 31, 2011
Margot Benedict Named 2011 Captain
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.
November 15, 2010
No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Fall Season in Florida
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.
November 12, 2010
No. 2 Bulldogs Seek Some Sunshine
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.
November 8, 2010
No. 1 Bulldogs Triumph at Singlehanded Nationals
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.
November 5, 2010
No. 1 Bulldogs Head For National Singlehanded Championships
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.
November 1, 2010
No. 1 Bulldogs Qualify for Atlantic Coast Championships
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.
October 27, 2010
No. 1 Bulldogs Zero In On Atlantic Coast Championships
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.
October 25, 2010
No. 3 Bulldogs Take Second on the Thames
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.
October 21, 2010
No. 3 Bulldogs to Sail at Connecticut College
Coming off an impressive victory at the Yale Womens 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.
October 21, 2010
Fauer and Custo Grieg Named NEISA Womens Sailors of the Week
After their dominant win in B division at the Yale Womens Intersectional, freshmen Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Grieg were named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Womens sailors of the week. They battled the strong breeze to claim two races.
October 18, 2010
No.3 Bulldogs Tame Blasting Breeze to Take Home the Win
The wind may have howled all weekend long but it could not stop the Bulldogs from claiming the victory at the Yale Womens Intersectional for the second year in a row. Unlike other teams, the Bulldogs were able to stay relatively consistent which earned them the victory with only eight races in each division due to the abundance of wind.
October 15, 2010
No. 3 Bulldogs Sail From Home
The No. 3 Bulldogs will take to the waters of the familiar Long Island Sound as they host the Yale Womens Intersectional this weekend. For the only time all season they will get to sail on their home waters in Branford, Conn., at the McNay Family Sailing Center.
October 10, 2010
Jackson Named to ICSA All Academic Team
For the second year in a row, Rebecca Jackson 10 was named to the Intercollegiate Sailing Associations All Academic Second Team. The team honors juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and are major contributors to their sailing team.
October 10, 2010
No. 3 Bulldogs Claim Third at Navy
The No. 3 Bulldogs showed their depth and talent finishing third at the Navy Womens Fall Intersectional. As the only three-division regatta of the year, Navy Womens is particularly prestigious as it requires a team to have three womens skippers. A and B division rotated between FJs and 420s while C division sailed Laser Radials.
October 7, 2010
No. 3 Bulldogs Head to Navy for Competitive Intersectional
After an impressive showing last weekend, the Bulldogs will head south to Annapolis, Md. for the Navy Womens Fall Intersectional. The Bulldogs will face the top competition from across the nation in their first major out-of-region intersectional. Taking place on the fourth weekend of the nine-weekend season, Navy Womens will send the Bulldogs into the second half of the fall season.
October 4, 2010
No. 3 Bulldogs Successful Singlehanded and Doublehanded
The No. 3 Bulldogs had an extremely successful weekend with two members of the team qualifying for the Singlehanded National Championships and the rest of the team taking home the win at the Womens Finger Lakes Intersectional. The Bulldogs perfectly proved that they are a team to beat in both singlehanded and doublehanded regattas.
September 30, 2010
No. 3 Bulldogs Head Out Unaccompanied
The No. 3 Bulldogs will take to the water alone this weekend, going crewless at the Womens New England Singlehanded Championship hosted by Mitchell College and Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Long known as a singlehanded powerhouse, Yale will once again field an incredibly talented team. Sophomores Emily Billing and Claire Dennis, both very experienced in the Laser Radial (the boat they will sail this weekend), will take to the water to prove that the Bulldogs recently acquired improved ranking applies to singlehanded as well as doublehanded competitions.
September 27, 2010
No. 6 Bulldogs Continue to Impress
For the third weekend in a row, the Bulldogs took to the water and proved how deep and talented they are, finishing third, just one point out of second, at the Regis Bowl hosted by Boston University on the Charles River. Fielding a different team, as they have done every weekend, the Bulldogs were able to expertly tame the Charles River and continue to progress.
September 24, 2010
No. 6 Bulldogs to Race in Regis Bowl
For the third week in a row the Bulldogs will send a slightly different team to a regatta and for the third week in a row the Bulldogs have a shot at victory. Rather than struggling to find enough women sailors, the Bulldogs have so many that they often send some of them to co-ed events each weekend. This weeks team of women will head to the Charles River for the Regis Bowl hosted by Boston University on Sept. 25 and 26.
September 20, 2010
No. 6 Bulldogs Second Again
The Bulldogs may be ranked sixth in the nation by the coaches but for the second weekend in a row the Bulldogs finished second at a top-tier event, this time at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. The event hosted by Dartmouth on Lake Mascoma provided further evidence that despite their youth, the Bulldogs are one of the teams to beat this season.
September 16, 2010
No. 6 Bulldogs Bound for First Intersectional
The No. 6 Bulldogs will take to Lake Mascoma on Saturday in their first A regatta of the year for the Mrs. Hurst Womens. The regatta is being hosted by Dartmouth. The regatta is named after the wife of long-time Dartmouth coach Captain Hurst. She was the volunteer secretary of the Dartmouth sailing team for many years.
September 12, 2010
No. 9 Bulldogs Start the Season With Last Second Snatch
The No. 9 Bulldogs took to the Charles River with a vengeance and never looked back, finishing second by beating out Coast Guard in the last race. The regatta was hosted by MIT and was sailed in the MIT and Harvard FJs, allowing for lots of racing, which was the perfect way to launch the Bulldogs into the long season.
September 9, 2010
No. 9 Bulldogs Bound for Boston
The No. 9 Bulldogs will kick off the season on the lovely Charles River this weekend at the Antonia Schuman Trophy on Saturday and the Toni Deutsch Trophy on Sunday, both hosted by MIT. It will be a great way to start the season off and allow the Bulldogs to see where they stand.
September 9, 2010
Young Bulldogs Raring to Start the 2010-2011 Season
To say that the 2009-2010 Yale womens sailing season ended painfully would be an understatement. With no wind in Wisconsin for two straight heartbreaking days, the Bulldogs were never able to take to the water of Lake Mendota to prove that their sixth-place finish at the New England Championships, which only qualified them for the semifinals, was just a fluke. While some hard feelings still reside in the hearts of the Bulldogs, rather than returning to that difficult end to 2009-2010, they are looking forward to an excellent season in which their time in the badger state will fade.
September 8, 2010
Barrows 10 Returns To Coach Bulldogs
Thomas Barrows career as a Yale sailor ended last June, with a sixth-place finish for the Bulldogs at the 2010 ICSA/Gill Dinghy National Championship. He will still ply the waters of Short Beach, recently accepting an assistant coaching position with the team. Barrows masterful knowledge of the collegiate dinghies and uncanny ability to teach beginners make him an asset to the Bulldogs.