Bears Continue to Improve

NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(3/25/12)--The Sailing Team finished 5th out of 15 at the Owen, Mosbacher, and Knapp Trophies hosted by Yale University this past weekend. This prestigious regatta is the "Old Guard" – meaning the founding members of college sailing – and military academy's annual contest to celebrate the traditions of the sport and its beginnings. The Bears sailed well, earning a spot in the top-5 and finishing first amongst military academies.

On Saturday, the event started with a strong 12-18 knot Southeasterly that provided big waves in Yale's open water venue. The team got off to a strong start and quickly established themselves as one of the teams to beat with several finishes in the top-5. Once the breeze started to diminish, the team really started to get in sync, posting multiple top-3 finishes and a race win.

Going into Sunday Coast Guard was in 5th with high hopes to make moves into the top-3 by the end of the event. The day brought much different conditions with shifty and unpredictable breeze from the East, in which the Bears struggled to find consistency. Going into the last race of the regatta, the team found themselves tied with Harvard who had slowly been chipping away at their lead. Coast Guard, however, came out on top – beating Harvard in the final race to finish 5th overall.

Sailing for Coast Guard was Bradley Milliken ('14), Amanda Hamlet ('12), and Matthew Stroebel ('12) in A-Division who finished 5th with 76 points. In B-Division, Dylan Finneran ('15) and Kristen Holloway ('12) finished 8th with 86 points. The team combined for 162 points.

Yale won their home event with 78 points. Tufts was second with 103 and Brown rounded out the top-3 with 113.

The women's team also had a successful weekend, finishing second by a mere point at Southern Series One hosted by Salve Regina University, a series level coed event. The conditions, especially on Saturday, were favorable for the young and talented team of Lady Bears, who led for almost the entire event – at some points by as much as 16 points over second place. As the event came to a close, however, Providence College found their groove and ended strong with four first place finishes in the last six races. The Bears narrowly fell from top position during the last race to finish second.

In A-Division, Devon Rohde ('15) and Justine Morrison ('13) finished 4th with 67 points. They had a string of 9 straight races in the top-5 which helped the Bears earn 2nd place. Lauren Cefali ('15) and Jennifer Lane ('15) won B-Division with a regatta low point total of 42. The duo won four races during the weekend and only finished outside the top-5 twice in 13 races. The team total was 109 points.

Providence College won with 108 points. Yale finished 3rd with 129 points.

Next weekend both the women's and coed team will travel to San Francisco to compete in the St. Francis Yacht Club Interconference Regatta. The event will be a good test for the team against teams they don't get to sail against on a regular basis.

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