BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team sent a young team to the President's Trophy this weekend where it finished seventh overall. Eleven teams competed in the event which was hosted by Boston University on the Charles River.
The Bulldogs used this weekend to give their usual starters a break and to give some underclassmen experience racing at a more-competitive regatta. Three of the top four teams at the event were ranked top-10 in the nation.
Both days of the regatta experienced good wind directions for the Charles River. Saturday saw a relatively steady westerly with a max wind speed of 12 knots and Sunday saw a slightly weaker easterly.
According to freshman crew Clara Robertson, "the wind was very shifty and the velocity kept changing." Sailors had to constantly be looking up the course to find the best pressure to sail to.
Robertson, along with sophomore skipper Marly Isler, took first in A division this weekend. They finished four points ahead of the top sailors from the No. 7 University of Rhode Island team which took first in the overall standings.
"It was important to stay calm even if an unexpected shift came in because you could be patient and work your way back from anything," said Isler. "Our boat-handling and ability to quickly change modes allowed us to remain consistent in the shifty conditions.
In B division, sophomore skipper Astrid Pacini sailed with freshman crew Isabelle Rossi de Leon as well sophomore crew Megan Valentine. This was the first major inter-conference regatta that all three of these sailors have had the opportunity to compete in. They finished eighth in B division after 11 races.
This week, the Bulldogs will put in their final days of preparation for the Women's New England Championship which will be hosted by Dartmouth this coming weekend.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity