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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.