October 10, 2011

No. 1 Bulldogs Win Navy Women’s

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – 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.

In addition to light wind, conditions on the race course were made even more challenging by the Severn River boat traffic.  Not only was it a sunny holiday weekend, but it also happened to be the weekend of the Annapolis boat show.  Finding pressure and maintaining consistent boat speed was critical in the heavier, structurally reinforced Naval Academy dinghies.

The Yale women apparently figured out how to keep their boats going fast.  Freshman skipper Morgan Kiss and sophomore crew Amanda Salvesen put up particularly impressive scores.  The B division boat for the Bulldogs won four out of the seven races and never finished outside of the top three.  Their division victory combined with solid team finishes in A and C division allowed Yale to beat out the second-place team from Stanford by five points. 

Junior skipper Claire Dennis and sophomore crew Anna Han battled through the tough conditions and competitive fleet to finish eighth-place in A division.  Meanwhile, junior skipper Emily Billing captured third place in the C division laser radial fleet.  Billing took two individual race wins herself and only finished outside of the top five once. 

The Navy Women's is arguably the most competitive regatta of the fall season so far.  Eight of the 17 schools in attendance were ranked in the top 15 in the ICSA national rankings.  Needless to say, Yale's victory says the team is continuing to make progress in the right direction.  All of the team's recent experience in light air at the past few weekends' regattas must be paying dividends.  Next weekend the Bulldogs will be back home racing at the Yale Women's Intersectional where they will be looking to continue their success from this weekend.  

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity

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