November 14, 2008

No. 3 Bulldogs to Compete at Women's Atlantic Coast Championships

Nov. 14, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 3 Bulldog women's sailing team will close out the Fall season on Saturday and Sunday at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Georgetown. The competition, which will feature the top 18 women's sailing teams that have qualified for the event from the New England, Mid Atlantic and South Atlantic conferences of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association, should be one of the most competitive regattas the Bulldogs have competed at all year.

The Championship, which will be sailed in FJs at Georgetown's home venue, will pit 12 of the top 15 ranked schools in the country against each other. The Georgetown venue, which is known for its shifty winds as a result of being on a small river, will challenge the Bulldogs. Because the nature of wind shifts makes races' outcomes in doubt until the end, it will challenge the team to sail in a conservative manner that minimizes mistakes.

In 2007, the Bulldogs triumphed at the event, which was hosted at the McNay Family Sailing Center. The Bulldogs capped a successful season by winning the Atlantic Coast Championship by 19 points over the next nearest competitor.

The team had strong performances in both A and B Division. In A Division, senior Jane Macky and junior Marla Menninger placed second while senior captain Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim won B Division. The Bulldogs are in a good position to retain their podium finish because they, unlike many of the other competitors, return their entire squad.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity