No. 1 Bulldogs Are Two For Two

Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Chris Love, Sailgroove)
Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Chris Love, Sailgroove)

Win Second Regatta of the Season by Nearly 60 Points

HANOVER, N.H. – This weekend the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team secured its second overall victory of the season, and so far the season is only two regattas long.  In their dominant performance at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl, which was hosted by Dartmouth, the Bulldogs finished 58 points ahead of the second-place Naval Academy Midshipmen. 

The conditions at this year's Mrs. Hurst Bowl were completely the opposite of those at last year's regatta.  Last year only four races were sailed per division due to lack of wind, but this year wind speeds exceeded 20 knots at times and 12 races were completed per division.  The official regatta report called them "truly champagne conditions." 

Junior Amanda Salvesen did not think the conditions were quite so ideal.  She said "it was really cold, colder than expected."  However, she and her skipper, senior Emily Billing, persevered through the harsh New Hampshire climate and finished third overall in A division.  

Yale's B division, sailed by senior skipper Claire Dennis and sophomore crew Kate Gaumond, thrived in Saturday's heavy-air conditions.  They won five out of the eight races sailed on day one. 

According to Gaumond, she and Dennis succeeded by "transitioning well into the pressure."  "On the downwinds," she said, "it was windy enough where you just needed to ignore the fleet and point towards the mark."

In the slightly less strong winds on Sunday, which ranged between six and 12 knots, Dennis and Gaumond continued to sail faster and more consistently than the rest of the fleet.  At the end of the regatta, Yale not only finished first place in B division, but 45 points ahead of second place.

Next weekend the Bulldogs will try to add to their winning streak at the Regis Bowl Regatta hosted by Boston University.   

Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity