Bulldogs Finish Third in Boston
BOSTON, Mass.- 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.
The Charles River flows East-West, making an easterly or westerly far more stable than a southerly or a northerly. The Bulldogs witnessed this first-hand on Saturday as they fought the southwesterly and its finicky nature, as well as battling bigger breeze than they have seen all year. Eight races were completed in what junior Stephanie Schuyler labeled as "stressful" conditions.
Sunday proved to be a bit less Charles-like with breeze coming from the East. The velocity was still present with top recordings of 18 knots but the breeze was much more consistent. The Bulldogs had some of their best races and enjoyed the experience, completing five races in each division.
Schuyler said, "Sunday was a little bit easier because as long as you had a good start and clean air, you could get to the shifts and stay lifted all the way up. All weekend it was important to be in the middle of the pressure so that you could be the first boat to get to it."
Juniors Genoa Warner and Stephanie Schuyler moved up to A division for the weekend finishing sixth in a very deep division. Their highest finish was eighth and they finished in the top five in six of the 13 races. They saved their best for last, finishing the regatta with a win in the 13th race.
While many sailors never manage to feel comfortable on the Charles River, freshmen Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig made themselves right at home at their first regatta on the flummoxing river. They won B division by seven points and never finished higher than seventh. They won five races and only finished outside of the top five once. In just two weekends on the circuit, the freshmen duo has caught the attention of college sailing.
No. 9 Tufts captured the win at the regatta with a highest finish of sixth the entire weekend. No. 15 Dartmouth also had a strong weekend, beating the Bulldogs out for second place by a single point. No. 2 Brown and No. 1 Boston College rounded out the top five.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will face a different challenge with the New England Women's Singlehanded Championships hosted by Mitchell College. The regatta will be sailed in Laser Radials and will serve as the qualifier for the National Women's Singlehanded Championships later this fall.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity