Oct. 5, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 5 Bulldog women's sailing team won the first-ever Women's Finger Lakes Intersectional hosted by Hobart and William Smith on Saturday and Sunday. The team's result was especially impressive as they beat No. 2 St. Mary's College of Maryland. This is the first matchup between the schools this season. The Bulldogs also competed at the Regis Bowl hosted by Boston University, where the Bulldogs placed 10th.
The Finger Lakes Intersectional was sailed in 420s in combined divisions. This meant that although only nine teams from around the country attended the event, 18 boats, two from every school, competed in every race. In the combined scoring, the Bulldog boat of senior captain Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim competed alongside teammates senior skipper Jane Macky and junior crew Marla Menninger. The Bulldogs impressively finished second and third overall out of 18 competitors. The Bulldogs also won the overall team title, ahead of second-place finisher St. Mary's.
The sailors, who have been plagued by a lack of wind all season, enjoyed the conditions at Hobart and William Smith.
"We had some decent breeze and we got off more races than we have had all season," Hagemann said. "The conditions were three-to-eight knots with flat water and it was a beautiful venue."
The Bulldogs also competed at Boston University in the Regis Bowl, which took place in FJs. The Bulldogs placed 10th overall with 130 points in the 16-team event. Host No. 10 Boston University won the event with 59 points. The sailors were met by puffy winds of six-to-16 knots on Saturday and very light air on Sunday. These conditions on the shifty and puffy Charles River allowed eight A Division and six B Division races to completed on Saturday and two B Division races on Sunday. The Bulldogs won the event in 2007 behind strong performances by Hagemann, Brim, Macky, and Menninger.
Although the team did not perform as well they did in 2007, they did find a number of positive things coming off of the regatta.
"It was tricky conditions because sometimes we were full-hiking shortly followed by sitting back in the boat," Camejo said. "As a result, we had to adjust our sailing to the different wind conditions, something that we worked a lot on. Our tacks definitely improved during the event. It was a good regatta."
The team is next in action on Saturday and Sunday at the Navy Women's Fall Intersectional, the largest women's regatta of the fall season. The Bulldogs placed fifth at the three-division event in 2007.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity