September 15, 2011

No. 1 Bulldogs Head to Dartmouth

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Weekend number two of the fall college sailing season is fast approaching.  This weekend the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team is looking to improve on its strong third-place result from last weekend at the Toni Deutsch Trophy.  The team will be traveling up to Hanover, N.H. on Friday so as to be able to report to Dartmouth University's sailing facility at 9 a.m. for the Mrs. Hurst Bowl.

Sailing in A division for the Bulldogs this weekend will be junior skipper Emily Billing and sophomore crew Amanda Salvesen.  Last weekend Billing had a strong showing at the Mt. Bay Hope Invitational in Rhode Island where she won A division in a dominant fashion.  Her scores totaled to half as many points as the second-place finisher had in the division.  Salvesen is also coming off of a good weekend where she crewed for the Bulldogs at the Pine Trophy and helped them to secure a good enough result to qualify for the New England Sloop Championships which they will compete in next weekend. 

Coming off of an extremely strong past weekend, and returning to B division for the Bulldogs at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl this weekend, are sophomore skipper Marlena Fauer and sophomore crew Eugenia Custo Greig.  Fauer and Custo Greig won B division by a wide margin at the Toni Deutsch Trophy last weekend and are looking to keep the ball rolling this weekend.

In terms of conditions, online forecasts are calling for rather light winds all weekend, however, the sun is supposed to be shining.  Relative to the Charles River, where the team raced last weekend, the lake venue up at Dartmouth is known for its similarly shifty conditions.  With light and shifty as the model forecast, this weekend could likely be another test of the women's patience and mental stamina.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity