April 7, 2013

No. 1 Bulldogs Win Comfortably

Billing and Salvesen Win 11 of 12 Races

BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team won the President's Trophy by a comfortable 49-point margin this weekend.  Boston University hosted the 17-school regatta on the Charles River in strong and shifty winds.  12 races were completed in both A and B division.

The Bulldogs were led to victory by senior skipper Emily Billing and junior crew Amanda Salvesen who won B division by 48 points.  This duo managed to win all but one of their 12 races, a feat which is nearly unheard of in collegiate sailing.  It is even more impressive when considering the fact that the wind came from very unstable directions on both days. 

Saturday saw "a fluky northwesterly breeze ranging from 10 to 20 knots with gusts above 20," according to the official regatta report.  Sunday's racing started in "a moderate, but shifty, southerly" and finished in winds gusting over 20 knots again.       

Billing attributed their success to being able to anticipate what the wind was going to do next "since it was shifting all over the course."  "Knowing what the next shift was and what gate mark to round" were very important, she said.

Senior skipper Claire Dennis and freshman crew Charlotte Belling also helped the Bulldogs to run away with the regatta win by finishing first in A division.  They finished first or second in half of their races and only finished outside of the top five three times.

After struggling a little in unsteady winds last weekend, the Bulldogs must be satisfied with how tremendously they improved that part of their game this weekend. 

There is just one more regatta for the Yale women's sailing team between now and the New England Championships.  Next weekend they will race on the Thames River in New London, Conn., another commonly shifty venue and on the weekend after that they will race for a berth at the 2013 ICSA Women's National Championship.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity  

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