April 17, 2011

No. 3 Bulldogs Finish 4th at Wick/Shrew

Sights Now Set on the New England Championships Next Weekend

NEW LONDON, Conn. – 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.

Strong winds dominated the New England region all weekend and the Thames River venue at Coast Guard made no exception.  Ten races in A division and 8 races in B division were completed on Saturday in an easterly breeze that built from six to 12 knots in the morning to 15 to 25 in the afternoon.  Sunday's wind blew from the southwest in the range of eight to 20 knots and eight A division races were completed along with 10 B division races.  Many capsizes are reported to have taken place on both days. 

Freshman team member Amanda Salvesen crewed in her first women's regatta on Sunday at the Wick/Shrew.  She took the place of freshman Eugenia Custo Greig who was needed as a heavy-air crew by the coed team at the extremely windy New England Championships in Rhode Island.  Salvesen reported that a key to the windy racing on the Thames was consistency.  She said that the mindset of "get a good start, don't flip, don't foul or get fouled" is what "kept [the Bulldogs] in the top five because [they] just avoided making the big mistakes many others were making." 

Both of Yale's boats took third-place in their respective divisions.  Sophomore skipper Claire Dennis sailed all weekend in A division with freshman crew Anna Han while sophomore skipper Emily Billing sailed in B division with Custo Greig on Saturday and Salvesen on Sunday. 

Overall, the regatta was won by the No. 2 Boston College Eagles who were followed by the No. 1 Brown Bears, in second, and the No. 12 Stanford Cardinal, in third.  Yale finished a mere three points behind Stanford.

Despite some jumbled crew combinations and some tough conditions, the Yale Bulldogs put up strong results once again.  They now look forward to next weekend when they will be racing at the New England Championships, in Bowdoin, Maine, to qualify for the Collegiate Sailing Semifinals.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom, Yale Sports Publicity