2011-12 Yale Women's Sailing News

August 10, 2012
Bulldogs Conclude Competition at Olympics
Sarah Lihan ’10 and Stu McNay ’05 concluded racing in their events at the 2012 Olympic Games this past weekend. Lihan, who sailed with Connecticut College graduate Amanda Clark in the women’s 470 class, entered Saturday’s medal race in ninth place out of 20 nations and that is where she ultimately finished. McNay and his crew, Graham Biehl, missed qualifying for the men’s 470 medal race by a mere five points, solidifying them in 14th place out of 27 nations after 10 races.

July 27, 2012
Let the Games Begin
As undergraduates, Yale alumni Sarah Lihan ’10 and Stuart McNay ’05 proved themselves to be some of America’s best collegiate sailors, garnering numerous ICSA All-American and honorable mention awards and leading Yale to several top finishes at the nationals. Now, just a few years out of college, these Bulldogs find themselves at home amongst 380 of the world’s best sailors at the Olympic sailing village in Weymouth, England.

June 2, 2012
Bulldogs Take Close Second at Nationals
After 13 races over the course of three hot days on Lake Travis, the final results of the ICSA Women’s National Championship are finally in. At the 18-school regatta, the Yale women’s sailing team, previously ranked No. 3 in the nation, took second place overall, just four points behind the victorious Boston College Eagles.

June 1, 2012
Bulldogs Sit Third at Nationals, One Day of Racing Remains
The No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team is currently in third place in the standings at the ICSA Women’s National Championship, which is taking place on Lake Travis. Racing began at noon on Thursday, but just six races have been completed in both A and B division since then. Unstable winds caused the race committee to have to postpone racing ashore for three hours on Friday.

May 30, 2012
After Much Preparation, No. 3 Bulldogs Head to Nationals
After nearly three weeks spent living on the Old Campus and practicing out of the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford, Conn., the No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team finally departed New Haven early on Wednesday morning for Austin, Texas—the site of the 2012 ICSA Women’s National Dinghy Championship. Racing at the nationals is scheduled to begin at noon on Thursday, May 31, and continue through June 2.

April 22, 2012
A Full Team Effort Qualifies the Bulldogs for Nationals
By finishing second at the New England Championship this weekend, the No. 4 Yale women’s sailing team earned itself a berth at the ICSA Women’s National Championship, which is to take place in Austin, Texas, on May 31st through June 2nd. While second place guarantees that the Bulldogs have a spot at the nationals, those teams that finished third through seventh at the New England Championship will have to race at a semifinal regatta on May 30th. The top nine finishers at the semifinals will meet the Bulldogs and eight other prequalified teams on the national championship starting line on May 31st.

April 20, 2012
Bulldogs to Race for New England Title and a Spot at the Nationals
This weekend the Yale women’s sailing team, currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, will race to keep its season alive. The Bulldogs will be competing against 17 other schools at the New England Championship, which serves as the district’s qualifier for the ICSA Women’s National Championship. At the end of the weekend, seven New England teams will move on. The top two teams will earn themselves nonstop tickets to the nationals while the third through seventh place teams will have to race at the ICSA Women’s Semifinal Regatta to secure nationals berths.

April 15, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs Finish 10th at Emily Wick Trophy
Until this weekend, the No.3 Yale women’s sailing team had yet to finish outside of the top five in any regatta this season. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were not so successful this weekend at the Emily Wick Trophy. They finished 10th out of 17 teams at the regatta, which was hosted by the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. With the Women’s New England Championship just one week away, Yale sailing fans are hoping that this regatta was just the team’s chance to get out all of the bad before their national championship qualifier.

April 12, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs’ Final Weekend to Prepare for Nationals Qualifier
With the Women’s New England Championship less than 10 days away, the No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team has one final regular season regatta before the points really begin to matter. That last opportunity to work the kinks out is this weekend at the Emily Wick Trophy which will be hosted this weekend by the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. After a dominant victory at last weekend’s interconference regatta, the Bulldogs are looking to add to their momentum as they sail into the post-season.

April 8, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs Finish On Top Again
Over the course of the past few weeks, the Yale women’s sailing team slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the national rankings after holding the top spot for more than six months. The Bulldogs appear to have been determined to reverse that trend this weekend though. In a smaller fleet than usual, but in some of the most challenging conditions, the Bulldogs sailed to a dominant 34-point victory at the President’s Trophy Regatta, hosted by Boston University.

April 5, 2012
Bulldogs Counting Down the Regular Season
Three weekends remain in the No. 3 Yale women’s sailing team’s regular spring season. This weekend the Bulldogs will head to Boston, Mass., to race in the 44th Women’s President’s Interconference Regatta. The regatta will be hosted by Boston University with racing taking place on the Charles River, in FJs.

April 2, 2012
No. 2 Bulldogs Are Third At The Dellenbaugh
The No. 2 Yale women’s sailing team finished third overall at the 26th Brad Dellenbaugh Women’s Interconference Regatta this weekend. The event was hosted by Brown University and sailed in club 420s.

March 29, 2012
No. 2 Bulldogs Return to Regular Competition
After last weekend’s team racing diversion, the No. 2 Yale women’s sailing team will return to fleet racing this weekend by sending a team to the 26th Brad Dellenbaugh Women’s Interconference Regatta, hosted by Brown University. Last year the Bulldogs took second at the Dellenbaugh Regatta. This year they are looking to improve on that result and reassert themselves as one of the top teams in the nation.

March 26, 2012
No. 2 Bulldogs Take Third at Duplin Trophy
Most of college sailing’s top female sailors were present at the Duplin Trophy Team Race Regatta this weekend, hosted by Tufts University. After three rounds, the No. 2 Yale women’s sailing team finished third overall. The Bulldogs lost a tiebreaker for second to the Roger Williams University Hawks and finished just one win behind the victorious Boston College Eagles.

March 22, 2012
Women’s Team Race at Tufts This Weekend
Team racing, as opposed to fleet racing, is a more action-packed, tournament style of sailboat racing. This weekend, the Yale women’s sailing team, now ranked No. 2 in the nation, is headed to race in the Duplin Trophy Team Race Regatta, hosted by Tufts University. While team race regattas are prevalent on the coed ICSA spring calendar, this is the one women-only team race of the year.

March 19, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Take Second At St. Mary’s Intersectional
The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team sat fourth in the overall standings going into Sunday’s racing at the St. Mary’s Interconference Regatta, but in just a few races it was able to jump to a second place overall final result. The late push was led by Yale’s B division boat which had all top-three finishes in its last four races on Sunday.

March 15, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Look To End Spring Break On A High Note
During its second week of spring break, the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team finally got some real vacation. Able to take their minds off sailing for a little while, team members went their separate ways to spend time with family and friends for four days. On Friday though, the Bulldogs are scheduled to continue where they left off, in Annapolis, Md. The women’s team will hit the water on Friday for a day of practice to prepare for this weekend’s Interconference regatta at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

March 11, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Take Fifth At Navy Women’s
After its week of training down in Florida, the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team returned to competition this weekend. In difficult conditions on Annapolis’ Severn River, the Bulldogs finished fifth out of 20 teams at the Navy Women’s Interconference Regatta hosted by the US Naval Academy.

March 9, 2012
Long Week of Training in Florida Prepares No. 1 Bulldogs For Second Regatta of the Spring
The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team has been practicing in St. Petersburg, Fla., since March fourth, the beginning of Yale’s two-week spring recess. Last year the Bulldogs also spent their break in St. Pete training with the University of South Florida Bulls, but the team reports that this year was especially “productive.” At a team meeting after practice on Thursday, varsity head coach and McNay Family Director of Sailing, Zachary Leonard ’89, remarked that the sailors and coaches had “accomplished everything that [they] were looking to accomplish” during their Florida training sessions. Now the team is headed back north for the weekend to compete at the Navy Women’s Spring Interconference Regatta, hosted by the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

March 4, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Finish 2nd in Charleston
The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team kicked off its spring break this weekend with a second place finish at the Charleston Women’s Interconference Regatta. Weather conditions included a fair amount of rain and colder temperatures than the Bulldogs might have expected after travelling south, but the wind did show up. In fact, both days of racing had to be cut short due to strong winds and thunderstorms. Nonetheless, five races were completed in both A and B division on Saturday and seven more were raced on Sunday.

March 1, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Headed South for Spring Break
With the beginning of spring break comes the official beginning of the spring season of competition for the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team. All members of the team will be boarding airplanes on Friday to head south in the direction of St. Petersburg, Fla., where the team traditionally spends its first week of the break training with alumni and sailors from the University of South Florida. However, four Bulldogs will be stopping in Charleston, S.C., on the way in order to compete at the Charleston Women's Interconference regatta this weekend. An additional four team members will be going straight to St. Pete with the rest of the team, but rather than simply start training, they will compete at the Eckerd Interconference Regatta this weekend.

February 20, 2012
No.1 Bulldogs Fourth At Season Opener
Four members of the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team spent this past weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., competing at the first official regatta of the spring collegiate sailing season, where they finished fourth overall. 10 teams were represented at the regatta, allowing for the event to be sailed in a combined division format. Racing A and B division together made for more boats on the starting line and allowed the race organizers from the University of South Florida to run many more races than they would have otherwise been able to. 16 races were completed over the course of the two days.

February 16, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs To Begin Spring Season Early In Florida
From September to November, the full length of the fall season, the Yale women’s sailing team held on to its No. 1 national ranking. The Buldogs did so in spite of remarkably unstable wind conditions which plagued many of the season’s weekend regattas. Numerous regattas were decided by merely four or six very light and variable races or were not decided at all due to too little or too much wind altogether. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs found a way to perform consistently in the face of consistently challenging conditions and competition. Now, after a three month offseason, the team is preparing to get back out on the water and try to pick up where it left off. Four team members are headed to Tampa, Fla., this weekend to compete at the first women’s intersectional of the spring season.

February 5, 2012
The Votes Are In, Billing Elected Women's Sailing Captain
Earlier this week the Yale coed and women’s varsity sailing teams convened in private to carry out a sacred ritual. The teams held their annual elections to determine who will serve as their team captains for the coming year. There were four very qualified candidates in the running for the women’s team captain, but a majority vote has elected junior skipper Emily Billing to lead the No. 1 ranked team in the country. She will be replacing outgoing senior captain Margot Benedict.

January 31, 2012
Yalies Sail Well at Miami OCR
Junior Claire Dennis, a member of the Yale women’s varsity sailing team, returned to campus on Sunday after a week of competitive racing at the annual Olympic Classes Regatta in Miami, Fla. This was one of the fairly rare opportunities that Dennis has had to continue her international-level sailing since she entered college. She made the comment that “it took a little bit of time to get used to the Olympic style courses again.”

January 26, 2012
Undergrad Sails Better Than Olympians
Junior Claire Dennis is competing down at the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta this week against a competitive international laser radial fleet, which includes many Olympians. All of the US Olympic representatives for 2012 are at the regatta; however, not many American teams had better combined scores than Dennis in yesterday’s two races, especially if considering the difference in size and level of competition across the various classes.

December 23, 2011
Yale Sailing Alums to Represent at the Olympic Games
The ISAF Sailing World Championships concluded on Sunday the 18th after two straight weeks of competition between some of the best sailors in the world. With the Olympics a mere eight months away, the stakes at this year’s ISAF worlds were higher than usual for many athletes. For the American competitors this was particularly true, seeing as the event served to either make or break their Olympic dreams. The event’s results have determined which individual sailors will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games. Of the 12 that made the cut, two of them are recent graduates of Yale College.

December 4, 2011
Yale Alums and Head Coach Work Together Towards Olympic Goals
For athletes with dreams of representing their nation at the Olympic Games, the last three and a half years, if not more, have been spent toiling on the campaign trail. For America’s top Olympic-minded sailors, all of that hard work has been focused on achieving peak performance at an event that begins this weekend- the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships. Beyond serving as the primary event at which sailors can qualify their country for a berth at the Olympics, the ISAF Worlds, being held this year in Perth, Australia, serve as the second and final step of the American process for determining which individual sailors will represent the United States at the 2012 games.

November 13, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Fall Season On Top
After sailing consistently all season and maintaining its No. 1 national ranking, the Yale women’s sailing team iced the cake this weekend at the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship. The Bulldogs came out strong on Saturday and were battling for the lead early. Going into Sunday they sat second overall, and from then on they sailed to victory.

November 10, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Head to N.Y. to Finish Out the Fall Season
The fall women’s collegiate sailing season will come to a close at the end of the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship this weekend. The regatta is to be hosted by the New York Maritime Academy, in Throggs Neck, N.Y. After holding the No. 1 national ranking for virtually the entire season, the Yale women’s sailing team is looking to finish out on top. The team’s results over the past several weekends certainly prove that its members have what it takes to succeed.

November 6, 2011
Bulldogs Take Silver and Bronze at National Championship
The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team claimed two spots on the podium this past weekend at the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded National Championship, hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club. Juniors Claire Dennis and Emily Billing finished in second and third respectively in the regatta. Their performance made Yale the only team with two members that finished in the top five.

November 3, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Set Off to Defend National Title
Juniors Claire Dennis and Emily Billing left for the airport this afternoon en route to the biggest collegiate women’s regatta of the fall season. They are being accompanied in their travels by coed teammate junior Cam Cullman, as well as both head coach Zack Leonard ‘89 and assistant coach Bill Healy. Their early evening flight is taking them to Chicago, Ill., where the Chicago Yacht Club will be hosting the ICSA Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championships this weekend.

October 31, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Qualify for Atlantic Coast Championship
Despite freezing temperatures and snowstorms, the New England college sailing district was able to complete its first women’s intersectional regatta in three weekends. Good thing too because the Victorian Coffee Urn, hosted by Harvard this past weekend, was the qualifying event for the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship (ACCs). The top seven teams from the Urn will move on to race in the ACC’s at the New York Maritime Academy two weeks from now. The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team secured themselves one of those seven spots by finishing fifth overall this weekend.

October 27, 2011
Bulldogs Prepare for a Cold, Competitive Qualifier
In the eyes of the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team, the weather forecast for this weekend in Cambridge, Mass., is looking up. Normally that’s not how people describe a forecast that calls for temperature lows in the 30s and possible snow showers; however, for the Bulldogs and the rest of New England’s college sailing community, it is simply encouraging to be told that the wind is not supposed to be too light or too heavy.

October 24, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Stripped of a Win by the Weather
It was another one of those weekends for the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team. By that I mean another regatta-less weekend due to uncooperative wind conditions. Unlike last weekend at Yale when racers weren’t even able to leave the dock, at Connecticut College this weekend there actually was racing, just not enough to constitute a regatta. However, had the regatta counted, after the six total races that were sailed, the Bulldogs would have been named the winners.

October 20, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Race In-state This Weekend
After no racing last weekend due to adverse weather, the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team looks forward to getting back on the race course this weekend at the Stu Nelson Trophy, hosted by Connecticut College in New London, Conn. In a continuation of last weekend’s gale conditions, the Bulldogs are forecasted to have exceptionally windy practices until the end of the week. However, winds are supposed to taper off come Friday and supposedly will range from six to 12 knots out of the west during the weekend.

October 16, 2011
Yale Women’s Regatta Blown Out
Racers arrived at Yale on Saturday morning excited to race in windy conditions for a change. Unfortunately, the Yale Women’s Intersectional experienced the opposite extreme to the light winds that have delayed or cancelled racing at recent regattas. After winds in the 40-knots range deemed racing impossible on Saturday, sailors returned on Sunday only to be disappointed again when conditions were similar.

October 13, 2011
Yale to Host Intersectional This Weekend
Teams from up and down the East Coast will be traveling to Yale this weekend for the Yale Women’s intersectional. After traveling all the way to Annapolis, Md., last weekend, the host team looks forward to racing at home. However, that is not to say that the trip to the Naval Academy was not well worth it. The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team is coming off of a big win at last weekend’s Navy Fall intersectional.

October 10, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Win Navy Women’s
The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team took the overall victory this weekend at the three-division Navy Women’s Intersectional. No races were completed on Sunday due to lack of wind so the Bulldogs’ performance on Saturday wound up being good enough to seal the win. Seven races in both A and B division and 6 races in C division were completed in light air on Saturday.

October 6, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Headed to the Naval Academy
One of the bigger intersectionals of the fall season, the Navy Women’s, will take place this weekend in Annapolis, Md., at the United States Naval Academy. The No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team will hit the road on Friday afternoon to make the long drive down the coast.

October 2, 2011
Bulldogs One Step Closer to Defending National Title
By finishing second and third this weekend at the New England Championships, Yale sailors Claire Dennis and Emily Billing have earned themselves a trip to Chicago, in early November, where 18 of the top female sailors in the country will race in the 2011 ICSA Women’s Singlehanded National Championship. For the two Yale juniors, this is not their first go-around. In fact, last year, when the Nationals were in St. Petersburg, Fla., Dennis won the regatta and Billing took fourth.

September 29, 2011
Yale to Host New England Singlehanded Championship This Weekend
Every year the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), the governing body for college sailing, holds a national championship for each of the four primary disciplines in the sport. These disciplines include double-handed dinghy fleet racing, double-handed dinghy team racing, singlehanded dinghy racing and sloops match racing. Each of these championships requires qualification and for teams qualifying means securing one of the limited berths from each ICSA district by finishing well enough at one’s respective district championship. This weekend the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team will host the New England Singlehanded Championship, which acts as the New England district qualifier for the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded Nationals, the first of the four national championships on the calendar.

September 25, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Take Fourth in Another Light-air Series
Light winds plagued most of the eastern seaboard this weekend and the Charles River in Boston was no exception; however, the fourteen total races completed at the Women’s Regis Bowl at Boston University seems a lucky sum in comparison to the coed regatta in New Hampshire that was never able to complete a single race. At the Regis Bowl, the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team battled through the light and shifty conditions to finish fourth-place overall.

September 22, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Look to Maintain a Positive Delta
This weekend the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team will send a team to race in the Women’s Regis Bowl, hosted by Boston University. Although the race course will be on a slightly different part of the river from two weekends ago when the team raced at MIT, the same amount of open-mindedness will be necessary for handling the Charles River’s notoriously shifty conditions.

September 18, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Drift to Second
Light wind was forecasted and light wind, rather close to no wind, was what racers got this weekend at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl, hosted by Dartmouth College. However, four races was enough to constitute a regatta series and in those four races the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team sailed well enough to secure second-place.

September 15, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Head to Dartmouth
Weekend number two of the fall college sailing season is fast approaching. This weekend the No. 1 Yale women’s sailing team is looking to improve on its strong third-place result from last weekend at the Toni Deutsch Trophy. The team will be traveling up to Hanover, N.H. on Friday so as to be able to report to Dartmouth University’s sailing facility at 9 a.m. for the Mrs. Hurst Bowl.

September 11, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Begin Season with a Third-Place Finish
When the No.1 Yale women’s sailing team left New Haven for Cambridge on Saturday morning, they knew they were in for a long day of racing, but they didn’t know how long. Sailors at the third annual Toni Deutsch Trophy regatta, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed an astounding 26 races in both A and B division over the course of the weekend. 20 of those races were run on Saturday alone for A division, 18 for B division. Nonetheless, the Yale women proved to possess a high level of mental and physical stamina as they finished the regatta third out of the 14 competing teams.

September 8, 2011
No. 1 Ranked Bulldogs to Face First Test of the Season
After nearly three and a half months, the Yale women’s sailing team is back in competition mode. The team starts off its fall season this weekend at the third annual Toni Deutsch Trophy regatta, to be hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

August 28, 2011
Women’s Team Rigged and Ready for the Fall Season
This past Wednesday the Yale women’s sailing team reconvened, after a long summer break, at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium to get medically cleared for the upcoming season. Joining the team for the first time were four new faces from the incoming freshman class. The new talent was warmly welcomed by the rest of the Bulldogs as well as by the trainers at the gym, whom not only gave the athletes physical examinations, but also put them through their first workout of the fall season. Furthermore, Wednesday also brought the announcement of Sailing World’s preseason college sailing rankings. Heading into the fall season, the Yale Bulldogs are currently sitting on top of the coaches’ polls as the number one women’s team in the nation.