Bulldogs Conclude Competition at OlympicsSarah 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.
Let the Games BeginAs 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.
Bulldogs Take Close Second at NationalsAfter 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.
Bulldogs Sit Third at Nationals, One Day of Racing RemainsThe 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.
After Much Preparation, No. 3 Bulldogs Head to NationalsAfter 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.
A Full Team Effort Qualifies the Bulldogs for NationalsBy 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.
Bulldogs to Race for New England Title and a Spot at the NationalsThis 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.
No. 3 Bulldogs Finish 10th at Emily Wick TrophyUntil 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.
No. 3 Bulldogs’ Final Weekend to Prepare for Nationals QualifierWith 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.
No. 3 Bulldogs Finish On Top AgainOver 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.
Bulldogs Counting Down the Regular SeasonThree 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.
No. 2 Bulldogs Are Third At The DellenbaughThe 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.
No. 2 Bulldogs Return to Regular CompetitionAfter 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.
No. 2 Bulldogs Take Third at Duplin TrophyMost 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.
Women’s Team Race at Tufts This WeekendTeam 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Take Second At St. Mary’s IntersectionalThe 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Look To End Spring Break On A High NoteDuring 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Take Fifth At Navy Women’sAfter 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.
Long Week of Training in Florida Prepares No. 1 Bulldogs For Second Regatta of the SpringThe 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Finish 2nd in CharlestonThe 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Headed South for Spring BreakWith 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.
No.1 Bulldogs Fourth At Season OpenerFour 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs To Begin Spring Season Early In FloridaFrom 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.
The Votes Are In, Billing Elected Women's Sailing CaptainEarlier 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.
Yalies Sail Well at Miami OCRJunior 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.”
Undergrad Sails Better Than OlympiansJunior 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.
Yale Sailing Alums to Represent at the Olympic GamesThe 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.
Yale Alums and Head Coach Work Together Towards Olympic GoalsFor 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Fall Season On TopAfter 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Head to N.Y. to Finish Out the Fall SeasonThe 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.
Bulldogs Take Silver and Bronze at National ChampionshipThe 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Set Off to Defend National TitleJuniors 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Qualify for Atlantic Coast ChampionshipDespite 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.
Bulldogs Prepare for a Cold, Competitive QualifierIn 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Stripped of a Win by the WeatherIt 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Race In-state This WeekendAfter 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.
Yale Women’s Regatta Blown OutRacers 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.
Yale to Host Intersectional This WeekendTeams 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Win Navy Women’sThe 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.
No. 1 Bulldogs Headed to the Naval AcademyOne 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.