Oct. 19, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 1 Bulldog women's sailing team qualified for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships by virtue of its fourth-place performance with 184 points at the Yale Women's Intersectional held Saturday and Sunday at the McNay Family Sailing Center. The fourth-place finish is an improvement over last year, when the team placed eighth. The regatta was won by No. 2 St. Mary's College of Maryland.
The Yale Women's Intersectional is the only women's sailing regatta the Bulldogs will host this season and the Bulldogs made it count by sailing relatively consistently in tough conditions. The wind came from the North, which at the McNay Family Sailing Center is a direction where the wind frequently shifts with large puffs that roll through the course. On Saturday, the wind started out breezy, before dying as the day went on, allowing six races to be sailed in each division. On Sunday, the wind ranged from five-to-18 knots from the North and again was very shifty. In shifty, puffy conditions, it is frequently tough to be consistent in finishes because wind shifts are many times tough to predict and they can drastically change the outcome of races.
Senior captain Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim were not daunted by the tricky conditions, however, as they sailed to a fifth-place finish in A Division, only five points out of third place. The duo won two of the 12 races during the regatta and placed second in one more race.
In B Division, junior Rebecca Jackson and senior Adriane Levin placed sixth with 99 points, only nine points out of third place. Jackson and Levin won one race and placed in the top-five finishers in four of the 12 races.
"The breeze was very shifty and puffy, which made it tough to be consistent," Jackson said. "We started strong on both days and learned a lot about sailing in the conditions that we faced. It was nice to be able to sail at home and qualify for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship."
The Bulldogs performance is an overall improvement over the 2007 result, when the Bulldogs finished eighth overall. Hagemann and Brim matched their fifth place finish from 2007 while Jackson improved on her 13th place finish.
By being the second best New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association school at the event, behind No. 5 Boston College, the Bulldogs qualified for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships that will be held Nov. 15-16 at Georgetown. The Women's Atlantic Coast Championships will feature the top 18 schools from the NEISA, MAISA and SAISA districts of college sailing. These three districts historically have some of the most competitive teams in the country, with 14 of the 15 ranked teams in college sailing from these three districts. In effect, the regatta can end up being the most competitive regatta of the year, even more competitive than the national championship. The Bulldogs, who hosted the event last year, impressively won the Championship.
The Bulldogs are next in action at the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship at Cornell and the Stu Nelson Trophy at Connecticut College. The ICSA Singlehanded National Championship will feature senior Bulldog Jane Macky, with competition starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday while the Stu Nelson Trophy will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity