Despite another weekend of calm air, the Yale Women’s Sailing Team finished first at Mrs. Hurst Bowl in Dartmouth. The mixed teams placed fifth at the Hoyt Trophy, and third and seventh at the Hood Trophy.
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During the third weekend of competition, Yale sailing teams competed in a number of races across New England. The women’s team won a victory at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl in Dartmouth, while the mixed teams finished third and seventh at the Tufts’ Hood Trophy and fifth at the Hoyt Trophy, hosted by Brown.
While there was only a light breeze on Saturday at Tufts, the wind picked up on Sunday to give an exciting end to the weekend’s competition.
“[Because] the wind picked up on Sunday… we had really good pressure and very competitive races, ”Catherine Cheung ’24 told Yale Athletics. “It was great to uncover the mysteries of Mystic Lake, sail Larks and spend time with the team.”
Cheung, along with Nicholas Davies ’24, Becca Rose ’22 and Christophe Chaumont ’23, were one of two Yale teams that raced at Tufts. Their team finished the weekend in third behind host Tufts and Boston College, while Yale’s second boat finished seventh. In 2019, the last time the race was held, the Elis took second place at the Hood.
Wind was also found to be a problem in Hanover at Mrs. Hurst Bowl. Depending on the direction and speed, sailors must adapt their boats to the conditions in order to navigate as efficiently as possible. With little wind to fill the 420 class yachts, only a few races were completed on Saturday.
According to head coach Zachary Leonard ’89, “Every wind condition is important to master, so we’re not too worried if we have a light wind or a lot of wind.”
At the dawn of the second day in pole position, the women’s team gave up its lead on Sunday morning. After trailing behind Bowdoin and Brown, the Bulldogs dug deep and passed polar bears and bears to finish first. Yale’s victory this year marks an improvement from its second place finish in 2019.
“The wind picked up throughout the day on Sunday which made the races exciting,” Megan Grimes ’24 told Yale Athletics. “As our scores were up and down it was a productive weekend and we all learned a lot. ”
At Brown, Yale faced tough competition in the Hoyt Trophy. Although the Carmen Cowles ’25 and Meredith Ryan ’23 pair placed second in the B Division, the team were unable to match the team’s win of 2019, finishing fifth behind Harvard, Brown. , the University of Rhode Island and the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Originally, a fourth regatta – the Yale Invite – was on the books to compete this weekend. According to Leonard, the home regatta was canceled due to an insufficient number of teams due to last minute team changes from other schools. The Bulldogs brought eight boats to the 2019 iteration of the event, where they swept the podium.
This week, Yale Sailors will participate in six events. In Rhode Island, the Bulldogs will compete in the Sister Esther Trophy in Salve Regina and the Moody Trophy hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The Blues and Whites will also race in Connecticut, competing in the Sacred Heart Trophy and the Coast Guard Danmark Trophy. Yale will also be returning to Tufts to sail the Lark Invite. The Bulldogs took victory over Sister Esther, Sacred Heart and Lark in 2019.
The women’s team is heading south to St. Mary’s College of Maryland to compete in the first round of Atlantic Coast qualifying, where they hope to land an early ticket to the Fall Harvard Championships on the famous river. Charles River.
Ms. Hurst’s victory marks Yale’s fifth victory in three weekends.