Bulldogs Finish Well at Important Intersectional
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The No. 3 Bulldogs showed their depth and talent finishing third at the Navy Women's Fall Intersectional. As the only three-division regatta of the year, Navy Women's is particularly prestigious as it requires a team to have three women's skippers. A and B division rotated between FJs and 420s while C division sailed Laser Radials.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs were greeted with some fabulous Maryland weather. The sun shone and the mercury inched up into the 80s. The race committee sailed a trapezoid course in the Severn River right near the sailing center. The breeze ranged from three to 10 knots and came from the WNW. Racing was quite challenging due to the heavy boat traffic because of the weather and the local sailboat show causing plenty of chop. Not to be outdone, the wind was puffy and shifty presenting sailors with further challenges.
Sunday dawned calm and racing was postponed until 12:00 p.m. The wind then filled from the southeast to three to eight knots and the race committee once again sailed trapezoid courses right near the sailing center. Current played a role and made the sailing a bit tricky. A total of 16 races were completed in each division by the end of Sunday.
In A division, sophomores Claire Dennis and Heather May finished fifth in a very strong fleet. They finished in the top five in eight of 16 races and won two. It was an excellent opportunity for them to sail against almost all of the top skippers in collegiate sailing.
May commented, "Competition was tough so you needed to be on top of your game in every race."
Freshmen Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Grieg also finished fifth in B division. They finished in the top five in seven of the 16 races including one win. They did a great job hanging with the others in the toughest fleet they have encountered in college sailing.
In C division, sophomore Emily Billing clinched the win in the final race, beating out Old Dominion's Morgan Wilson by one point. She finished in the top five in eight of the 16 races including two wins. It was a great opportunity for her to sail against some of the sailors from other regions who she will face at the National Singlehanded Championships in a few weeks.
A huge part of the weekend was mental stamina. Fauer said, "Both days were mentally exhausting". Billing added, "It was all about keeping your head in the game." Dennis found, "It was really important to work with Heather, my crew, to keep a clear head in tough conditions."
No. 2 Brown won the regatta with No. 11 Hobart William Smith not far behind. No. 1 Boston College and No. 5 Old Dominion rounded out the top five.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will host the Yale Women's Intersectional Oct. 16 and 17. The Bulldogs hope to capitalize on their lone chance to have home ocean advantage this season.
Report filed by Margot Benedict, Yale Sports Publicity