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Teamwork Secures Victory for No. 2 Bulldogs

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

MEDFORD, Mass. – The No. 2 Yale women's sailing team proved its depth this weekend by winning the Duplin Team Race Regatta at Tufts University.  All nine teams at the event sailed a full round robin and then were divided into a final four and bottom five based on the results from that round.  Yale and Boston College, which tied for the best first round record with one loss each, were joined by Tufts and Brown University for the final four series on Sunday. 

The regatta was sailed on Mystic Lake which is notorious for having some of the trickiest wind conditions.  Saturday of the Duplin Regatta was no exception with wind speeds ranging "between zero and 20 knots throughout the day," according to sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond.  Sunday's velocity changes were less extreme, ranging from five to 12 knots. 

At the end of Saturday, all but the last race of the first round had been completed, so teams returned on Sunday to finish that race before they were split into groups based on win-loss records.  The Bulldogs only loss in the first round was to the Roger Williams Hawks who ultimately finished fifth in the regatta. 

On Sunday, the Bulldogs again lost just one race, this time to the Boston College Eagles.  This loss came in the first round of the final four series, but the Bulldogs prevailed when they met the Eagles again in the second round of the final four. 

The Bulldogs went on to finish with the best overall record at 12-2 and were awarded the Joseph Duplin perpetual.  Senior skipper Claire Dennis said that her team's victory "was a testament to all the work we put in over spring break." 

Additionally, Dennis noted that the Bulldogs were "also pleased to get some time in larks and on Mystic Lake" since the Women's New England Championship will be sailed in the same boats and at the same venue in April. 

This was a unique weekend for the Yale women's sailing team since the Duplin Trophy is the only women's team race regatta of the year.  Nonetheless, it was a very productive weekend for the Bulldogs who "had really great teamwork all weekend and communicated well during and after races," according to Dennis.  After a successful weekend of team building, it is back to New Haven for the Bulldogs, just in time for classes to resume along with their daily practice routine.  Next weekend they will return to fleet racing at the Dellenbaugh Trophy in Providence, RI.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity