April 12, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing team had a strong performance at the Women's President's Trophy over the weekend, finishing second behind No. 3 Boston College. Racing featured strong and extremely shifty wind conditions that resulted in a lot of chaos on the racecourse. The Bulldogs managed to avoid potentially race-ending situations frequently and sailed consistently to place in the top five of 16 of the 26 races sailed over the weekend.
The regatta, hosted by Boston University on the Charles River in Boston Mass., was sailed in a fleet of FJs. Both divisions completed six races on Saturday in rainy and raw conditions with northeast winds between eight and fourteen knots and characteristic Charles River 90-degree shifts. Both divisions completed 7 races on Sunday cap off a thirteen-race regatta; a lot of races in physically and mentally challenging conditions. Sunday featured sun with a cold breeze from the north west at eight to fifteen knots.
Despite the shifty and unpredictable heavy breeze and bone-chilling conditions the Bulldogs demonstrated remarkable consistency to finish second overall in the regatta with 114 points. Senior Kate Hagemann and crew sophomore Elizabeth Brim won A Division in a stand-out performance while junior Sarah Lihan and sophomore crew Tatyana Camejo finished fifth in B Division. Boston College won the regatta with 101 points and Dartmouth took third with 133 points.
The Bulldogs' next competition is at the Emily Wick and Shrew Trophies on the Thames River in New London, Conn. on Apr. 18-19.
Report by Jenn Hoyle '05, Yale Sports Publicity