NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team hosted 19 other schools for the Yale Women's Intersectional Regatta this past weekend. Challenging wind conditions limited the regatta to just eight races per division, but that is still eight more races than the conditions permitted last year. The host team finished second place overall at the event, six points behind No. 7 Dartmouth.
Saturday's racing was characterized by a light and shifty southerly breeze. Typically south winds are steady at Yale's home venue, but according to Yale coach Bill Healy who ran the races, "big swings in direction continued all day long."
At the end of Saturday, six races were completed in A division and four were completed in B division. Therefore, B division was the first to race in Sunday's strong breeze.
The wind actually started out too strong on Sunday and competitors had to wait for it to calm down before a race could be started. Huge waves caused many sailors to capsize during postponement, but after lunch the breeze died down enough to start racing.
The breeze continued to die throughout the afternoon and eventually racers were faced with the challenge of keeping their boats moving through rough seas with only five knots of wind. Only three races in B division and one race in A division were able to be completed before the three o'clock cutoff time.
Next weekend the women's sailing team will send sailors to Cambridge, Mass., for the Stu Nelson Trophy at MIT. The Stu Nelson will be the Bulldogs' last "regular" regatta of the season. The following weekend they will compete to qualify for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship, which is always the last regatta of the fall season.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity