October 15, 2010

No. 3 Bulldogs Sail From Home

Bulldogs to Host Yale Women's Intersectional

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 3 Bulldogs will take to the waters of the familiar Long Island Sound as they host the Yale Women's 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.

Last year the Bulldogs claimed the win at Yale Women's, propelling them to the number one ranking. Sarah Lihan '10 and senior Elizabeth Brim finished second in A division while a combined group of skippers sophomore Claire Dennis and junior Genoa Warner and crew Heather May finished fourth in B division.

This year, Dennis and May will sail in A division while freshmen Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Grieg will sail in B division. Both pairs gained valuable experience at the Navy Women's Fall Intersectional this past weekend. With sophomore Emily Billing they finished third at the very competitive regatta. They faced some extremely challenging conditions that tested their mental toughness, which will help them all season.

The Bulldogs are excited to sail in the 420s that they practice in everyday as well as in the cove at Short Beach. As a coastal sailing venue, Short Beach can offer a wide variety of conditions. The breeze can be anything from timid to forceful and the water can either be flat, choppy, or have beautiful rollers that provide optimal downwind surfing conditions.

The current forecast for this weekend is for the more ferocious side of breeze. Wind of 25 to 30 knots is predicted for Saturday with slightly lower breezes of 20 to 25 knots on Sunday. However, this may change drastically by the time the weekend rolls around.

Sailing World just released the most recent standings. The Bulldogs remained at No. 3 but Brown grabbed the No. 1 spot from Boston College who moved down to No. 2. St. Mary's remained at No. 4 while Hobart William Smith moved all the way up to No. 5. Many of the top teams will be in Branford this weekend. Racing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity