NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a come-from-behind victory at the Dellenbaugh Trophy last weekend, the Yale women's sailing team returned to the top of the national rankings in this week's coaches' polls. The Bulldogs will try to back up this new ranking at the President's Trophy, hosted by Boston University, this weekend.
Last year the Bulldogs won the President's Trophy by 34 points. Despite big wind shifts that "shuffled up the deck on multiple occasions," according to the 2012 regatta report, both of Yale's boats managed to average a third-place finish across 12 races. They finished outside of the top five in just two races.
This weekend the Bulldogs will be looking to prove that they are still capable of achieving that kind of consistency in variable winds. They struggled on Saturday of the Dellenbaugh Trophy when the winds were less steady, but they were unstoppable in Sunday's straight breeze.
With the wind forecasted to come from the northwest on Saturday and from the south on Sunday, the Bulldogs are likely to get plenty of practice in shifty conditions. The Charles River, where the President's Trophy will be sailed, runs along an east-west axis, so winds from the north and south come directly off the land and tend to be the least predictable.
Senior skipper Claire Dennis, who sailed B division for the Bulldogs last weekend, will partner with freshman crew Emily Johnson in A division this weekend. When Dennis last raced on the Charles River, early in the fall, she won her division by nearly 20 points.
Yale's B division boat will be sailed by senior skipper Emily Billing and junior crew Amanda Salvesen. This is the second regatta on the Charles River in three weeks for this duo. Two weekends ago Billing and Salvesen tied for 10th in B division at the coed Boston Dinghy Cup.
Racing is scheduled to begin slightly later than usual on Saturday due to crew races taking place on the river in the morning. Race one should get under way shortly after 10 a.m., weather permitting. Results can be found here.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity