Nov. 2, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 1 Bulldog women's sailing team placed second at the Victorian Coffee Urn hosted by No. 6 Harvard on Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River. The team, which turned in a very strong first-day performance, only finished behind host Harvard and beat out No. 4 Brown on a tiebreaker.
The Victorian Coffee Urn, which the Bulldogs won in 2007, featured strong competition from around the country. The event, which is the final women's regatta until the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships at No. 8 Georgetown Nov. 15-16, featured 17 of the top teams from around the country. The Charles River venue again provided tough conditions. On both Saturday and Sunday, the wind varied from light to moderate breeze with frequent shifts and puffs that made predicting the favored side of the course tough. The team turned in a very strong first day of competition, leading the regatta by 10 points, before falling back on Sunday.
In A Division, senior Jane Macky and junior crew Marla Menninger placed second with 70 points, only 16 points behind the first-place finishers from Harvard. Macky and Menninger won three of the 11 races in the competition.
In B Division, senior captain Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim finished third with 62 points. Hagemann and Brim had a great first day of competition, finishing second in the first two races and then winning the next two races of the day. The duo also won the first race of the second day of competition and placed second in one more race for six races in the top two boats in the regatta.
The Victorian Coffee Urn was a good tune up for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships, which will be held at Georgetown. The Georgetown venue is also very shifty and puffy, so the Bulldogs should be well prepared for the regatta that will begin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 15.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity