April 17, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing team is competing in their home state this weekend in the Emily Wick and Shrew Trophy hosted by Coast Guard Academy. The regatta will feature the usual two division format in preparation for the 43rd New England Women's Championship (national qualifier) next weekend. The team has had a remarkable season so far this year, taking a top-three finish at every competition to date, and hope to continue this streak this weekend.
The regatta will be hosted by Coast Guard Academy on the Thames River in New London, Conn. The sailors will race in both FJs and 420 one-design dinghies raced regularly by the Bulldogs. The forecast for the weekend is a light and shift breeze, which will make for tricky sailing and the relatively protected site.
The Bulldog women representing the team at Coast Guard will be senior Jane Macky and captain and junior Marla Menninger in A division and senior Kate Hagemann with crews junior Rebecca Jackson and sophomore Elizabeth Brim in B Division. While none of these sailors raced in this event last year, the best finish by the Bulldogs in a slightly different format was forth place.
Hopefully the sailors' momentum bringing them into the event this year, as well as their strong performance in similar conditions on the Charles last weekend will have a positive effect on their performance over the weekend. The focus will be largely on good mental preparation for the 43rd New England Women's Championship (Reed Trophy--the qualifying event for the ICSA Women's National Championship) to be held Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt. next weekend.
Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Report by Jenn Hoyle '05, Yale Sports Publicity