Sept. 29, 2008
NEW LONDON, Conn. - No. 3 Bulldog sailor senior Jane Macky qualified for the Women's Singlehanded National Championships to be held at Cornell on Oct. 24-26 by placing fourth at the Women's New England Singlehanded Championship on Saturday and Sunday in Laser Radials. Three other Bulldogs also competed, placing sixth, seventh, and 10th.
The New England Championship was sailed off the coast of New London, Conn. on Long Island Sound in the one-person Laser Radial sailboat. The regatta, which featured 17 sailors, was plagued by light winds of between two and eight knots and light rain combined with fog. A total of 14 races were sailed over the two days.
Macky qualified for the national championship by placing in the top-five finishers with 94 points at the event. Macky won one race and placed second in three other races. Macky won the event in 2007 before going on to place second at the national championships. The defending national champion from Coast Guard placed second at the event, which was won by freshmen Annie Haeger from Boston College.
Senior captain Kate Hagemann, sailing in only her second singlehanded regatta, placed sixth with 102 points. She was closely followed by junior Sarah Lihan in seventh with 103 points. Lihan, who is one of the top Laser Radial sailors in the nation, placed third at the trials for the 2008 Olympic Games and represented the Bulldogs at the 2006 singlehanded national championships. Junior Bulldog Rebecca Jackson finished 10th at the event with 145 points. Jackson won one of the races on the second day of competition.
The Bulldogs will be back in doublehanded competition this Saturday and Sunday at the Regis Bowl at Boston University and the Women's Finger Lake Intersectional at Hobart and William Smith.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity