November 15, 2010

No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Fall Season in Florida

Bulldogs Claim Seventh at Atlantic Coast Championships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— 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.

At some regattas, the wind waits for the sailors, blowing consistently far before the sailors show up to rig and allowing racing to start immediately after the skipper's meeting. This situation is ideal. However, Mother Nature doesn't like to always cooperate and often makes the sailors wait for the wind.

On Saturday, conditions appeared sailable with an easterly of four to eight knots. However, it was simply a tease as while it held for two races in each division, it began to fade to three to five knots, eventually shutting off during A division's fourth race. Conveniently, the dying of the breeze coincided nicely with the lunch break so while the break was extended, it was not pointless. As the temperature rose up to 80 degrees, the breeze built to four to eight knots from the northwest, allowing the start of race 4A at around three in the afternoon. With the remaining light, A division was able to complete nine races while B division finished eight.

On Sunday, only six races in A division and seven races in B division were completed, leaving the regatta three races short of a full rotation.

Sophomores Claire Dennis and Heather May finished seventh in A division, only one point out of sixth. Although they battled a bit of inconsistency, they finished in the top 10 in 10 of the 15 races. They also snagged the win in race three and four.

Freshmen Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Grieg finished ninth in B division. They too battled inconsistency, which was the theme of the weekend for many of the teams. They finished in the top 10 in nine of the 15 races. They finished the regatta on a positive note with a win in the final race.

No. 4 St. Mary's turned many heads with their impressive win. They topped both of the divisions and won by over 25 points. No. 1 Boston College finished second with No. 7 Hobart William Smith in third. The Bulldogs actually tied No. 13 Dartmouth for sixth, but lost the tiebreaker.

While the weekend was quite frustrating for the Bulldogs, they head into the off-season with many positive experiences from the fall and with added motivation for the spring season.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity